Aileen McGlynn, right, has retired at the age of 49 ©Getty Images

Britain's three-time Paralympic cycling champion Aileen McGlynn has announced her retirement at the age of 49.

McGlynn, who is visually impaired, won the one-kilometre tandem event with pilot Ellen Hunter at the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Paralympics.

At Beijing 2008, the pair won the individual pursuit too.

In total she claimed seven Paralympic medals.

The Scot said she was proud of her long career and knew it was time for change.

"I've been doing this for 20 years, and at some point you've got to move on and do other things," said McGlynn.

"I feel like I’ve achieved everything I wanted to in cycling - the opportunity to come back and do a really good time in Tokyo and win a silver medal, I could have finished my career at that point.

"It's been a while since I made the decision, but I felt I should make it official."

Aileen McGlynn has won seven medals at the Paralympics ©Getty Images
Aileen McGlynn has won seven medals at the Paralympics ©Getty Images

Her last races were at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, where she took silver in the sprint and bronze in the one kilometre time trial with pilot Ellie Stone, having won silvers in the events at Glasgow 2014 with Louise Haston.

She admits she nearly quit before the Games after being dropped from the British team in December 2021.

McGlynn was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2006 after her achievements at Athens 2004, before becoming an Officer of the British Empire in 2009.

"I'm pretty pleased and proud of what I’ve achieved," said McGlynn. 

"I'm particularly pleased that I've carried on to the age of 49 and broken down barriers in terms of age. 

"I came back faster, stronger and with better power numbers in 2021 in Tokyo, so I've proved myself, I've proved my longevity."

McGlynn, along with two-time Paralympic champion Neil Fachie, has been the face of Scottish Para cycling for the past 15 years.