Eve completes double double on tandem

Eve McCrystal added to her remarkable medal tally with two more golds at the Para-cycling World Championships in Maniago, Italy. Eve and her tandem partner Katie Dunlevy successfully defended both their time trial crown and road race titles to solidify their position as the best tandem duo in the world.
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. Since joining forces in 2013 the duo have improved each year and along the way have picked up a number of world titles including double gold in South Africa last year ago as well as gold and silver in the paralympics in Rio back in 2016.
On Friday, Dunlevy and McCrystal defended their Time Trial crown, finishing 17 seconds clear of the British duo Lora Fachie and Corrine Hall who took silver. The British duo were once again forced to settle for silver in the 81.6km road race as the Irish duo eased to victory over two minutes ahead of their rivals.
Eve, who hails from Jenkinstown, enjoyed solo success just last month as she finally captured the women’s national title to confirm her place at the top of the tree in ladies cycling. Speaking after last weekend’s success at the world championships Eve was understandably thrilled to be leaving Italy with two more gold medals for her collection.
“We are both absolutely delighted with our performances in Italy and it’s such a great feeling to have defended our titles. It takes so much work and dedication to win one of these world championships so to have won two last year and then come back and defend them is hard to comprehend. I think we were a lot more confident going into the races this year. We’ve been together a good few years now and our successes have given us that extra bit of confidence. We both felt great in the road race and when we increased the speed midway through the race and our rivals couldn’t respond.
“We had 40km left to do on our own but we just increased the gap bit by bit and eventually won by about two and a half minutes. To achieve a double double is going to take a while to sink in,” stated Eve.
Eve’s dream year isn’t finished yet however and she will now turn her attention to the Ireland’s premier stage race Ras na mBan which takes place next month. Eve is looking to become the first Irish winner of the race since Olivia Dilllon in 2013.

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