Irish Paralympic cyclist wins two bronze medals at World Cup

Irish Paralympic cyclist wins two bronze medals at World Cup

IRISH Para cyclist Katie-George Dunlevy and her pilot Eve McCrystal won two bronze medals at the first International road competition of the season at the Para cycling World Cup in Castiglione della Pescaia, Italy. 

In the time trial they were 14 seconds behind New Zealand over a 30-kilometre distance.

Two days after the time trial they had the 90k road race. They were in contention at the front throughout the two hours and 20 minutes race, and after a sprint finish came in third behind Spain and Great Britain.

"We are over the moon with the two medals, the first one was really special and one to remember as it was our first race together on the international stage and then to get a second in a race where anything can happen, just topped off an amazing weekend of racing," said Dunlevy.

In April Dunlevy and McCrystal competed at the World Track Championships in Mexico and came fifth in the 3k pursuit and missed out by 0.3 of a second from qualifying for the Bronze medal ride off against Great Britain.

Dunlevy added: “We are both determined to improve on these results and show that we can be real contenders for medals at the Rio Paralympic Games 2016.

“It is vital that we get sponsorship to enable us to compete on a level playing field with the other medal contenders and if any one is interested in finding out more we would be delighted to hear from them.”