Wednesday 23 October 2019

Ireland take three wins in Yorkshire

Katie George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal have been in great form
Katie George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal have been in great form

Gerard Cromwell

The Irish Para-cycling team got the world road race championships week off to a great start yesterday when they took three wins at the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling event in Harrogate.

Katie George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal maintained their successful run of form with victory in the women's tandem road race in Harrogate yesterday, just a week after claiming gold at the world time trial championships in Holland.

In front of a huge and appreciative Yorkshire crowd, the duo showed a clean pair of wheels to the rest of the international field, finishing a minute and 25 seconds clear of nearest rivals Lora Fachie and Corrine Hall of Great Britain, with Swedish duo Louise Jannering and Jenny Eliasson taking third, a full 15 minutes later.

Ronan Grimes finished fifth in the mixed C4 and C5 race, which was good enough for victory in the C4 category ahead of Latvia's Oskars Gailiss and Nicholas Fairfield of Great Britain.

Declan Slevin took a third Irish victory on the day, claiming the H3 hand-cycling race ahead of Germany's Steffen Seifar, with Great Britain's Luke Jones taking third.

In a very successful outing for the Irish squad, Paul Forristal and Damien Vereker were just 28 seconds down on Steven Bate and Adam Duggelby in the men's tandem road race.

Today sees Lara Gillespie take on the junior ladies time trial, which takes place on a 14km Harrogate circuit, with Finley Newmark and Kevin McCambridge tackling the junior men's time trial over two laps of the same course.

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