Lausanne: In a press release dated today, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI- International Cycling Federation) has congratulated Colin Lynch for establishing the first ever officially sanctioned UCI Hour Record for Para-cycling, since its Regulations were extended to the discipline in 2016.
Earlier, the mark of 43.133 km was achieved today at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester, Great Britain. 2-time Irish Paralympic Cycling World Champion & 2-time Paralympian,
With this record book inscription, 45-year-old Lynch, a specialist in endurance, is finishing the season on a high, after a successful year that engrossed a silver medal in the road time trial at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Lynch, who made his debut in 2010, has in his bucket of achievements- two world titles: in the road time trial in Roskilde (DEN) in 2011 and the 3km individual pursuit in Los Angeles (USA) in 2012 and this years Paralympics Silver.
Speaking about his today’s performance which marks the start of a new era for the UCI Hour Record Colin Lynch said, “That was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It was near-perfect for the first 40 minutes but the last 20 minutes is where it really starts to hurt. With about 5 minutes to go I knew I was going to beat the record and was hanging on to make sure I set a strong new mark.”
Speaking about the year which has given him so many great moments, he added further, “It’s been an amazing year for me and this was the perfect way to cap it off. I hope the record will stand for a while now, but also hope this will start other para-cycling riders in all categories to test the record books.”
Thanking UCI and his parent NSF, Cycling Ireland in his concluding remark, he added, “I want to thank the UCI and my Federation (Cycling Ireland) for backing me in this attempt. I am now looking forward to some time off – and then coming back next year to try and win the World Championships Time Trial one more time!”
Speaking about the phenomenal para-cycling personality Colin, UCI President Brian Cookson said in his congratulatory message, “Congratulations to Colin for putting in a great performance and establishing a record that will stand in history as the first ever Para-cycling UCI Hour Record. Colin had great success at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and today’s achievement comes as icing on the cake. I’m sure he will be an inspiration for many other riders to take on this iconic record.”