Paralympic cyclist seeks funding for new leg for Rio 2016

Colin Lynch, who rides for Ireland, just missed out on a medal at London 2012, and is looking to raise £8,000 for a new limb

Colin Lynch, National 10-mile time trial 2013

Double world champion Colin Lynch has launched an Indiegogo appeal for a vital piece of equipment as he prepares for the Paralympics at Rio 2016 - a new leg.

Lynch, who was born in Singapore but has represented Ireland since 2010 and lived much of his life in Canada, had his leg amputated below the knee after suffering a foot injury in his teens, complicated by a tumour on his spinal cord.

He has been investing his limited funding in training and bikes, and believes that an upgrade on his current prosthetic leg - which is poorly-fitting and causing him significant pain - will allow him to take his career to the next level.

"I went to the London 2012 Paralympic Games and I missed out on a medal by 1/10th of a second," he says on his fundraising page.

"By the time the Games started, the equipment I used was already out of date and since then it has continued to decline."

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The 44-year-old, who won the C2 time trial at the 2011 UCI Paracycling Road World Championships and still trains with the Macclesfield Wheelers, is trying to raise £8,000 for a new custom-made limb.

"I would love the help and support of anyone that wants to help me win," he says.

"You get me the new leg - I will do the rest!"

To donate, visit his page here.

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Nigel Wynn
Nigel Wynn

Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, n exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.