Smyth and Lynch Smash National Records at the Paracycling Track World Championships

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.

RESULTS

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/

SILVER for Lynch in C2 Pursuit at Track World Championships

Colin Lynch Seizes Silver in the Men’s C2 Pursuit Finals World Championships in Mexico

Colin Lynch won Silver in Men’s C2 3km Pursuit at the UCI Paracycling Track World Championships, recording a blistering fast time of 3.43.423. In the Gold medal ride off he met reigning Paralympic Champion from China, Guihua Liang, who out powered him over the 3km race against the clock. Both tandems were competing in the 1km Time Trial, earlier this evening, where they finished outside the medals, with Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal storming to a new National Record in a time of 1.10.893.  Ireland’s Enda Smyth was also in action today, breaking the Irish Record in the Men’s C3 Pursuit in a time of 3.40.297, putting him in tenth place.

Lynch rode a career best time in the final, in a proud attempt to defend his World Title. However, the Paralympic Champion was the stronger rider on the day, with Lynch pushing him all the way. With this being the first major Track Cycling event since the Paralympic Games it was always going to be an intense race.

Speaking after the qualifying rounds Paracycling Coach Neill Delahaye said

 “Colin was second in what was an exciting final. He delivered the right strategy, and executed his best ever performance with a significant PB and NR. This was significantly faster than his qualification time earlier today. On the day the Chinese rider deserved the win, but Colin pushed him all the way to the limit. It was an impressive ride, and a great way to secure a well-earned silver medal.”

 With Saturday being the final day of racing at the Paracycling Track Worlds, Enda Smyth and Colin Lynch will once again be in action, racing in the Men’s 1km Time Trials. The competition takes place in Aguascalientes, Mexico, between April 10th and 12th.

RESULTS

Men’s C2 3km Pursuit Final

Gold LIANG Guihua (CHN) 3.40.367

Silver LYNCH Colin (IRL) 3.43.423 (NR)

Bronze GILMUTDINOV Arslan (RUS) 3.46.4

Men’s C2 3km Pursuit Qualification:

1.       LIANG Guihua (CHN) 3.45.744

2.       LYNCH Colin (IRL) 3.46.793

3.       GILMUTDINOV Arslan (RUS) 3.47.934

4.       ECKHARD TIO Maurice (ESP) 3.50.325

Men’s C3 3km Pursuit Qualification:

1.       OBYDENNOV Alexey (RUS) 3.26.691

2.       BEREYNI Joeseph (USA)  3.27.258

3.       NICHOLAS David (AUS) 3.29.83

10. SMYTH Enda (IRL) 3.40.297 (NR)

Women’s B 1km TT

10th DUNLEVY Katie-George and MCCRYSTAL Eve (IRL) 1.10.893 (NR)

Men’s B 1km TT

10th BROWN James and MCCRYSTAL Bryan (IRL) 1.06.4

SCHEDULE

Saturday 12th April:

Approx 12.00 Local Time (18.00 Irish Time) Colin Lynch: Men’s C2 1km Time Trial

14.30 Local Time (20.30 Irish Time) Enda Smyth: Men’s C3 1km Time Trial

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Lynch in Gold Medal Final in Pursuit at Track World Championships

Reigning Champ Lynch Guaranteed Medal in Pursuit at World Championships in Mexico

Colin Lynch stormed into the Gold Medal Final of the Men’s C2 Pursuit at the Paracycling Track World Championships, with a new National Record of 3.46.793. He will meet the reigning Paralympic Champion from China, Guihua Liang in the Gold medal ride off. Liang qualified with the faster time of 3.45.744, but with 1 second separating the two, this will be a tight battle for Gold. Ireland’s Enda Smyth was also in action today, finishing the Men’s C3 Pursuit in a time of 3.40.297, which put him outside the medals, his final position will be posted later.

Lynch is the reigning World Champion in the Men’s C2 3km Pursuit, having won it in 2012. With this being the first major Track Cycling event since the Paralympic Games it was always going to be an intense race. By making the Gold Medal Final, Lynch is now guaranteed either Gold or Silver.

Speaking after the qualifying rounds Paracycling Coach Neill Delahaye said

 “Colin was second fastest in the heats, and got a new national record in doing so. He’ll meet the Chinese rider in the final. The track is running slower this morning  with a lower air pressure, and the temperature at 23 degrees. For the final it is going to be a lot faster and hotter. This is going to be an exciting final!”

Temperatures rose to 41.9 degrees in the Velodrome yesterday, affecting the timetable of racing. Lynch is due to compete for gold at approximately 12.30 tonight.

Later today the male and female tandems will be in action in the 1km Time Trial. They finished 4th and 5th respectively yesterday in the Pursuit. The competition takes place in Aguascalientes, Mexico, between April 10th and 12th.

RESULTS

Men’s C2 3km Pursuit Qualification:

  1. LIANG Guihua (CHN) 3.45.744
  2. LYNCH Colin (IRL) 3.46.793
  3. GILMUTDINOV Arslan (RUS) 3.47.934
  4. ECKHARD TIO Maurice (ESP) 3.50.325
     
    Men’s C3 3km Pursuit Qualification:
    RESULTS NOT YET IN
    SCHEDULE
    Friday 11th April:
    16.30 Local Time (20.30 Irish Time) Katie-George Dunlevy & Eve McCrystal Women’s B 1km TT
    16.30 Local Time (00.30 Irish Time) James Brown & Bryan McCrystal: Men’s B 1km TT
    Approx 18.30 Local Time (00.30 Irish Time) Colin Lynch: Men’s C2 3km Finals
    Saturday 12th April:
    Approx 12.00 Local Time (18.00 Irish Time) Colin Lynch: Men’s C2 1km Time Trial
    14.30 Local Time (20.30 Irish Time) Enda Smyth: Men’s C3 1km Time Trial
     
    Official Results Website: http://www.eventosdeportivosidea.com/  

Irish Tandem Narrowly Miss Bronze at Track World Championships

Strong Opening Day for Irish Paracycling Team in Aguascalientes, Mexico

Ireland’s tandem pairing of James Brown and Bryan McCrystal narrowly missed out on the Bronze medal after qualifying for the ride off in the Men’s B Pursuit at the UCI Paracycling Track World Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico today. Their National Record of 4.17.125 was the third fastest time earlier today, qualifying the new pairing for the Bronze medal ride off against USA.

However, the fast starting Americans proved too strong for the Irish bike, giving them a 0.3 second advantage at the end of the 4km race against the clock. Bronze went to Clark Rachfal and David Swanson (USA), with Australia beating Spain in the Gold medal final.

Brown, who won Bronze at the London Paralympic Games in the Time Trial, has seen his personal best times tumble in training since pairing with Dundalk’s Bryan McCrystal, with the duo achieving a qualifying time that would have been a World Record prior to this weekend. Unfortunately this evening’s performance fell shy of a medal, with the USA bike attacking hard off the start. While this put the Irish bike under pressure straight away, they kept fighting until the end, just missing Bronze by 0.3 seconds.

Speaking after the race Paracycling Coach Neill Delahaye was disappointed for the riders saying “They were beaten by just 0.3 seconds. They were down by 2.5 seconds at one point, and were really playing catch up from the start. They clawed almost all the time back, but it wasn’t enough. Their lap times were very consistent, but that deficit at the start just proved a fraction too much to close.”

Earlier on the first of the Irish in action; the female tandem of Katie-George Dunlevy and pilot Eve McCrystal also performed outstandingly, finishing fifth in the 3km Pursuit a new Irish record time of 3.31.963, just 0.3 seconds outside the qualifying time for the ride off for Bronze.

With temperatures rising to 41.9 degrees in the Velodrome today, the timetable of racing was brought forward, which meant that the finals were held two hours ahead of schedule. However, the team had been acclimatising in Mexico for the past number of weeks, and it did not deter them from producing National Records in the events today.

With this being the first major track cycling competition on the UCI Paracycling calendar since the Paralympic Games in 2012, the racing is guaranteed to be intense across all categories.

All bikes will be in action tomorrow, with due attention being focused on Colin Lynch, who will be racing to defend his World Title in the Men’s C2 Pursuit. Also in action is Enda Smyth, who is in the form of his life. The competition takes place in Aguascalientes, Mexico, between April 10th and 12th.

RESULTS

Men’s B 4km Pursuit Finals

Gold: Australia – Formston and Curran

Silver: Spain – Avila Rodriguez and Font Bertoli

Bronze: USA – Rachfal and Swanson

Fourth: Ireland Brown and McCrystal

Men’s B 4km Pursuit Qualification:

  1. FORMSTON Matt & CURRAN Michael (AUS) 4.11.213
  2. AVILA RODRIGUEZ Ignacio & FONT BERTOLI Joan (ESP) 4.12.633
  3. BROWN James & MCCRYSTAL Bryan (IRL) 4.17.125
  4. RACHFAL Clark & SWANSON David (USA) 4.18.915

Women’s B 3km Pursuit Qualification:

  1. FOY Emma & FAIRWEATHER Laura (NZL) 3.23.609
  2. GRAY Phillipa & YOUNG Kylie (NZL) 3.25.972
  3. TURNHAM Laura & HALL Corrine (GBR) 3.29.286
  4. KANUMA Yurie & TANAKA Mai (JPN) 3.31.617
  5. DUNLEVY Katie-George & MCCRYSTAL Eve (IRL) 3.31.963

SCHEDULE

Friday 11th April:

09.00 Local Time (15.00 Irish Time) Colin Lynch: Men’s C2 3km Pursuit Qualifiers

09.00 Local Time (15.00 Irish Time) Enda Smyth: Men’s C3 3km Pursuit Qualifiers

16.30 Local Time (20.30 Irish Time) Katie-George Dunlevy & Eve McCrystal Women’s B 1km TT

16.30 Local Time (00.30 Irish Time) James Brown & Bryan McCrystal: Men’s B 1km TT

Approx 18.30 Local Time (02.30 Irish Time) Colin Lynch: Men’s C2 3km Finals

Approx 18.30 Local Time (02.30 Irish Time) Enda Smyth: Men’s C3 3km Finals

Saturday 12th April:

Approx 12.00 Local Time (18.00 Irish Time) Colin Lynch: Men’s C2 1km Time Trial

14.30 Local Time (20.30 Irish Time) Enda Smyth: Men’s C3 1km Time Trial

 

Official Results Website: http://www.eventosdeportivosidea.com/

Irish Paracycling Team Ready to Hit the Boards at World Championships

Ireland’s Paracycling Track Team will be competing in the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships this weekend in Aguascalientes, Mexico. The small and strong Irish Team consists of two tandems and two solo bikes, including reigning World Champion Colin Lynch.

The team has been acclimatising in Mexico for the past number of weeks, where the temperatures are reaching 40 degrees. With this being the first major track cycling competition on the UCI Para-cycling calendar since the Paralympic Games in London, 2012, these will be highly competitive and exciting Championships.

The two tandems will be first in action, racing on Thursday the 10th April, both of which are new pairings. Katie George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal have been producing fast times in training, and kick off the Irish campaign and approximately 6pm tomorrow evening. James Brown and Bryan McCrystal will be next on the track.

Paracycling Coach Neill Delahaye speaking ahead of the event said “The training over the past few months has been going well. All squad members have put in a huge amount of work, and full commitment to this campaign. The priority for each bike is the Individual Pursuit, where we are performing better than ever before and this will ensure that we will be very competitive. They will all compete in the 1km Time Trial also.”

The competition takes place in Aguascalientes, Mexico, between April 10th and 12th.

Full Team:

Colin Lynch (C2) Individual Pursuit, Kilo

Enda Smyth (C3) Individual Pursuit, Kilo

James Brown and Bryan McCrystal (Male B Tandem) Individual Pursuit, Kilo

Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal (Female B Tandem) Individual Pursuit, Kilo

SCHEDULE

Thursday 10th April:

12.00 Local Time (18.00 Irish Time) Women’s Tandem 3km Pursuit Qualifiers

12.00 Local Time (18.00 Irish Time) Men’s Tandem 4km Pursuit Qualifiers

17.30 Local Time (23.30 Irish Time) Tandem Pursuit Finals

Friday 11th April:

9.00 Local Time (15.00 Irish Time) Men’s C2 3km Pursuit Qualifiers

9.00 Local Time (15.00 Irish Time) Men’s C3 3km Pursuit Qualifiers

16.30 Local Time (20.30 Irish Time) Women’s Tandem 1km Time Trial

16.30 Local Time (00.30 Irish Time) Men’s Tandem 1km Time Trial

Approx 18.30 Local Time (02.30 Irish Time) Men’s C2 3km Finals

Approx 18.30 Local Time (02.30 Irish Time) Men’s C3 3km Finals

Saturday 12th April:

Approx 12.00 Local Time (18.00 Irish Time) Men’s C2 1km Time Trial

14.30 Local Time (20.30 Irish Time) Men’s C3 1km Time Trial

Official Results Website:http://www.eventosdeportivosidea.com/  

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