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Confidence boost for Rathfriland’s Burns.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Confidence boost for Rathfriland’s Burns. thumbnailPara-cyclist Chris Burns.

INTERNATIONAL Para-cyclist Chris Burns achieved his best performance of the year in his last event of 2017.

As a member of the Cycling Ireland's seven-man para-cycling development squad at the recent International Para-cycling Track Championships in Manchester, Chris achieved a top four finish.

He just missed out on bronze medal by only 0.06 sec in the 12-lap C2 pursuit ride off.

The event was attended by athletes from Germany, Kenya, Belgium, GB, the Netherlands and Ireland.

Following on from winning the 2017 eight race Para-cycling all-Ireland Invercare League, he has now put himself in serious contention for being selected to represent Ireland in the Para-cycling World Championships in Italy in 2018.

His performance in Manchester is all the more impressive given the fact that the athletes who finished ahead of him were fully funded full-time professional para-cyclists, the gold medal winner of the C2 category being the current World and Paralympic Champion.

After the event Chris said the Manchester Velodrome experience had given him the confidence that he can compete at the very highest level internationally and will be a serious medal contender in 2018.

He said after the event that his performance at the UK National Cycling Centre was way beyond his expectation, as his last race in a velodrome had been seven years ago, as he had been concentrating on road racing.

His experience competing at international level over the past couple of years has also confirmed the need to have an experienced support team around him.

Burns credits Banbridge Cycling Club, in particular his coach Gerry Beggs, and the Ireland coach Cathal Miller with getting him to international level.

He has recently appointed Claire McStravock of Newcastle Sports and Cryotherpy to assist with his conditioning and post exercise/injury recovery.

Claire's CET Cryospa ice bath treatment treats muscle/joint soreness, strain and inflammation and promotes neutral and cardio vascular system recovery.

No doubt that funding is a major issue, so a support group of family, friends and local businesses has been established to raise the necessary has been established to raise the necessary finance to fund Chris' bid to become the Para-cycling 2018 World Champion in the C2 category.

Anyone interested in supporting Chris can contact the group on 077 3668 5541 or chrisburnsparacylist@gmail.com

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