September and October were busy months for Irish cyclists internationally!
It began with the dominating performances of the Irish Paracyclists at the Paralympic Games, where the Irish team came home with five cycling medals! Eoghan Clifford kicked off proceedings with a BRONZE in the MC3 Individual Pursuit, followed by a WINNING WEDNESDAY when Eoghan Clifford and the women's tandem of Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve Crystal both won gold in the Time Trial. Colin Lynch kick started the day with silver in the Time Trial. In the Road Race the women's tandem won silver, to bring the tally of the Paracycling Team to five!
In the World Road Championships in Doha the Irish cyclists overcame intense heat to put on an impressive display, with the highlights being FIFTH FOR RYAN MULLEN in the Elite Men's Time Trial and NINTH FOR EDDIE DUNBAR in the U23 Men's Time Trial. SAM BENNETT MADE THE BREAK in the Elite Men's Road Race, only to withdraw due to the intense heat.
Last week ANNA TURVEY STORMED TO BRONZE in the Elite Women's Individual Pursuit at the European Track Championships, at an event which included a lot of new names on the Cycling Ireland Track Programme.
In the European Cyclo-Cross Championships the Offroad Commission entered a young team with David Conroy finishing 39th after suffering a puncture early in the U23 race, and the junior riders JB Murphy and Craig McCarthy finishing 42nd and 51st in their debut championship event.