Karen Darke rounded out Great Britain Cycling Team’s participation in the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Switzerland on Sunday, with fourth place in the H3 hand cycle road race.

The 44-year-old from Hebden Bridge had hoped to break into the medal positions but after the first lap Darke lay in fourth place, a position she would maintain for the remainder of the five-lap, 35-kilometre event in Nottwil.

The world title went to Francesca Porcellato, who also won the H3 time trial, Darke finishing five minutes and 34 seconds adrift of the Italian.

“It was a pretty good ride for me," said Darke. "I’m happy with how it went. I couldn’t have done any more today, I just couldn’t keep up on the climbs.”

The result mirrored Darke’s performance in Friday’s time-trial, the hilly course not playing to the strengths of the mountaineer, adventurer, para-triathlete and hand cyclist.

Great Britain won two medals across the five days of competition at the Schweizer Paraplegiker-Zentrim, both gold, claimed by an unstoppable Dame Sarah Storey, who defended the C5 time-trial crown on Thursday and the road race on Saturday.


Women’s H3 road race