It was a special weeiend for the Irish paracyling team at the UCI Para-Cycling Road World Cup held in Ostend, Belgium, who secured six medals overall and a number of hugely impressive performances.
One of the major success stories of the competition saw Irish tandem pairing Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal secure two gold medals in the Time Trial and Road Race events respectively. Dunlevy has strong Donegal connections as her father was born in Mountcharles.
"They were two great results," was the reaction of Katie-George, speaking to the Democrat this week.
"We were a little disappointed with our performance in the Worlds in Italy in March, but we took positives from it and lessons were learned.
"Thinks have been going well this year. We won a stage race in Belgium a few weeks ago but then came the double success at the weekend.
"We have another big event in Spain in July, but the main target is Rio," said Katie-George, who said that she was more than hopeful of being selected.
The Irish team for the Rio Paralympics will be selected in June. "We have had a good year with consistent training, not like last year when there was a lot of injuries," said Katie-George, who said that others would be pushing for selection too.
"We are in a good position now but we have to keep working and keep getting stronger," said said. Katie-George was last in Donegal in August of last year, but would love to return this Autumn with some Olympic medals around her neck.
Looking ahead to preparations for Rio 2016, Irish team manager, Neill Delahaye said: “I am happy with where we are at at this point in our Rio preparation, and while I'm satisfied with how the World Cup went, there are always areas where we can improve and refine our approach. With just over 100 days to go until Rio, there's no room for complacency amongst our squad, staff, service provision team or riders.
“Everyone is aligned and pulling together to seek out the gains we need to improve and arrive to Rio at our best. Belgium has been a confidence boost for us to show us that we are getting there and the squad's success these past few days has also reinvigorated our drive to succeed. For now the hard work continues!” he said.