On the of racing for the Irish Team at the UCI Paracycling Track World Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico, national records continued to fall, with Colin Lynch and Enda Smyth racing in the 1km Time Trial. Lynch finished the race against the clock in 7th position with a PB of 1.18.142, team mate Enda Smyth knocked 3 seconds off the previous national record, in a time of 1.10.936, finishing in 12th place. Both riders concluded what was a successful World Championship campaign for the Irish Team, where Lynch won Silver in the 3km Pursuit on Saturday night.
With this being the first major Track Cycling competition since the Paralympic Games in 2012, the team finalised their training in Majorca, before flying to Mexico, where the results reflected the track specific work that had been completed.
Speaking about Smyth’s National Record (NR), Paracycling Coach Neill Delahaye said:
“Enda had an exceptional ride this afternoon in the Kilo TT. He delivered a great performance setting a blistering PB, taking almost three seconds off his previous best, setting the new national record with a time of 1.10.936. Colin also got a new national record in his kilo, a great performance after his phenomenal ride in the Pursuit, where he won silver.”
Summing up the team’s campaign, Cycling Ireland Head Coach Brian Nugent said:
“That was a great team performance and a critical marker on our progression towards Rio. We have made many changes in the team since London and this was the first major test of those changes. Considering this was the first World Track Championships for a lot of the team this makes the result even more encouraging, having secured valuable points towards Rio Qualification. We now have a benchmark of where we are against our competitors halfway through this cycle. It’s great to see our senior members of our squad, such as Colin Lynch, leading the way. Team Coach, Neill Delahaye, has done a fantastic job in his new role, and has inspired this team to continue to perform to new levels.”
This concluded the racing at the UCI Paracycling Track World Championships, where the team come home with a silver medal and seven new national records. With the long-term focus being on the Paralympic Games, this World Championship Campaign has placed the Irish team on the right track on the road to Rio.
Men’s C2 1km Pursuit Final
Gold XIE Hao (CHN) 1.13.235
Silver LIANG Guihua (CHN) 1.13.684
Bronze KOBLASA Ivo (CZE) 1.16.210
7th LYNCH Colin (IRL) 1.18.142
Men’s C3 1km TT
Gold OBYDENNOV Alexey (RUS) 1.06.131
Silver BATUKOV Sergey (RUS) 1.07.873
Bronze SCHELFHOUT Diedrick (BEL) 1.08.080
12th SMYTH Enda (IRL) 1.10.936
Official Results Website: http://www.eventosdeportivosidea.com/