Irish hand-cyclist Mark Rohan has escaped the unpredictable weather back home, and has been spending the last few months preparing for the 2012 Paralympics in the Portugese sun. The warm climate is perfect for the athlete’s rigorous training regime, ensuring he stays in peak health and never has to cut his rides short due to bad conditions.
Mark started out his sporting career playing Gaelic football, but in 2001 a serious road accident left him paralysed from the chest down. He initially began hand-cycling as a way to cross-train between other adapted sports, but his aptitude in paracycling soon became apparent. He has since gone on to dominate the sport, winning six consecutive world cup gold medals last year.
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Mark is hoping to grab some more gold medals in two cycling events at the Paralympics this year, as well as competing to retain his title at the World Championships. He is joined in the Algarve by fellow Paralympic cycling squad member Enda Smyth, who will be representing Ireland in no less than five events in London this summer.
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