Double gold for Ireland at Para-Cycling Road World Championships

Katie-George Dunleavy and Eve McChrystal won gold. Credit: @cyclingireland.

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Katie-George Dunleavy and Eve McChrystal won gold in the tandem road race at the Para-Cycling Road World Championships in Bay-Comeau, Canada, on Sunday.

Josephine Hillion and Linda Kelly won bronze in the tandem, while Ronan Grimes won bronze in the men’s C4 road race.

Katie-George Dunleavy and Eve McChrystal won an incredible sixth World Championship title, Dunleavy said:

“I am absolutely over the moon. It’s our sixth World Championship medal and it’s as special as the first and you know we lost the title last year so it’s great to bring it back to Ireland.”

Josephine Hillion and Linda Kelly, competing at this level for the first time, took bronze in the tandem road race.

The battle for bronze was between Ireland and Poland but 15 meters from the finish line the timing chain snapped on the Irish bike. Hillion and Kelly did enough, however, to see them cross the finish line to claim a place on the podium.

Ronan Grimes won gold for Ireland in the C4 road race. The Irish cyclist, who claimed the bronze medal in the time trial two days earlier, bested the five-rider sprint for the finish line.

“Everything seems fine today,” Grimes admitted. “It was a tough race and a long sprint for Link which you know played perfectly into my hands today.”

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