Louise and Katie-George competing in the road race at the Paracycling World Championships

On September 9th and 11th I competed for Ireland in the Paracycling World Championships in Roskilde, Denmark, piloting a tandem for a visually impaired girl, Katie-George Dunlevy. Katie-George comes from the sport of rowing, and has won two world championship titles in adaptive rowing, so I had a lot to live up to as her pilot on the tandem! Our first outing was very successful. We finished 12th in the time trial, only 2 minutes 45 seconds off the winner over a 30.6km course. The road race was pretty crazy, but we managed to stay in the peloton and were just pipped for 10th place on the line, finishing 11th. The other Irish pairing of Francine Meehan and Catherine Walsh did Ireland proud with a bronze medal (TT) and 7th place (RR), while Ireland also had three World Champions (including double World Champion Mark Rohan, handcycling legend), boding well for the Paralympics in London 2012.

Pipped for 10th place by a late surge from the Spaniards

Oh the pain!


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