More gold for Eve and Katie
Eve McCrystal and Katie-George Dunleavy have confirmed their place at the very top of the tree in world paracycling having won two gold medals at the UCI 2017 Para-cycling Road World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
Eve who hails from Jenkinstown teamed up once again with Katie George Dunleavy to win both the time trial and the road race in South Africa, a year after winning gold and silver at the Paralympics in Rio.
The duo got off to the perfect start last Friday by claiming gold in the WB Tandem Time Trial on Friday and followed that up on Sunday by outsprinting Poland in a bunch finish to take the coveted world title and a second gold medal of the games as well as the iconic ‘Rainbow Jersey’. The victory confirms that the duo are without doubt the best female road tandem in the world today.
In Para-cycling the stoker (Katie George) is the rider with the visual impairment sitting on the back of the bike, with the pilot (Eve) steering the bike.
Both Eve and Katie have dominated the world cup season this year and they have had their eyes on World Championship gold pretty much as soon as they returned from Rio last September. According to Eve the two gold medals make all the sacrifices worthwhile.
“We’re obviously thrilled to be leaving South Africa with two gold medals. This has been the target for us all season long. When I got back from Rio I took ten days off and then went straight back into training to get myself ready for these championships. Myself and Katie-George have worked so hard and made a lot of sacrifices to get to this point but winning both the races we entered makes it all worthwhile.
“The course for the road race didn’t actually suit us as it was quite hilly in parts and it was a really tough and challenging 85km in the saddle. The finish suited us perfectly however and when we took a left turn 700m from the line we found a gap to squeeze through and we just used our strength to pass out the Poles and win the gold,” explained Eve.
Eve won’t have too much time to reflect on her remarkable achievements however as she is scheduled to take part in Rás na mBan on Wednesday just a day after she returns from South Africa.
“Yes, I get back on Tuesday and the plan is to take part in the Rás na mBan on Wednesday which starts in Kilkenny. It’s a very short turnaround and fatigue could be an issue but I’d love a stage win to cap off a brilliant week,” laughed Eve.