Para-cycling World Cup riders announced for Europe

The 2014 Time Freight National Road Cycling Championships, which were held in Durban during February, signalled the start of the highly competitive season of international racing for South African Para-cycling.

Cycling South Africa is proud to announce the riders who will compete in the European series of UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup races that will be hosted by Italy, in the town of Castiglione della Pascaia (9-11 May) and by Spain, in the town of Cantimpalos (25-27 July).

In order to prepare for these very important races, a team will compete in a C1 event, also hosted by Italy, in the town of Verolanuova (3-4 May), in the week preceding the Italian World Cup. The selections are largely based on rider performances in the time trial at the 2014 National Championships, and through reference to other key considerations relating to the published team selection criteria

In 2014, the South African riders will be aiming to improve on the excellent performances achieved last year when the country produced three UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup series champions [Roxy Burns (C4), Justine Asher (H1) and George Rex (T1)]. Also to be improved upon is the impressive number of World Cup and World Championship podium wins achieved in 2013. It is not impossible that South Africa will produce three UCI World Champions during 2014; indications as to who these riders might be will be revealed as the 2014 racing season progresses.

Rider achievements in international UCI races during 2014 will be very important in terms of contributing to nation points that will ultimately secure the number of Paralympic Games slots that are aimed for in the Rio 2016 SA Team Preparation Plan. Nation points begin accruing from this year onwards up to a cut-off point early in March 2016. Following on from London 2012, the aim is to secure at least four male and two female slots for South Africa in road and track events at Rio.

The SA Para-cycling High Performance Plan, which was developed during 2013, will be fully operationalised during 2014 in order to assist the South African riders to prepare themselves as best as possible for the UCI racing season that lies ahead. Amongst several elements contained in the plan, there is a centralised data capture and monitoring system that enables riders, coaches and management to track, analyse and inform rider training programmes aimed at achieving peak performances on prioritised occasions (most importantly, the 2014 World Championships; also selected races in the European and North American legs of the road World Cup series). This high performance support facility provides the essential counterpart to the performance monitoring system and related analytical facility that is already in place as part of the SA Para-cycling Database and Information System (www.paracycling.co.za).

An announcement will be made shortly of the SA Para-cycling track team that will participate in the UCI track World Championships to be hosted by Mexico from 10-13 April.

Riders selected to compete in the C1 event at Verolanuova, Italy (3-4 May 2014)

Ernst van Dyk (H5)
Stuart McCreadie (H3)
George Rex (T1)
Craig Ridgard (C3)

Team Manager

Mike Burns

Riders selected to compete in the UCI World Cup, Castiglione della Pascaia, Italy (9-11 May 2014)

Ernst van Dyk (H5)
Stuart McCreadie (H3)
George Rex (T1)
Craig Ridgard (C3)
Pieter du Preez (H1)
Justine Asher (H2)
Yusthin Lintnaar (T2)

Team Manager

Mike Burns

Assistant Team Manager

Shaun Asher

Riders selected to compete in the UCI World Cup, Cantimpalos, Spain (25-27 July 2014)

Ernst van Dyk (H5)
Stuart McCreadie (H3)
Justine Asher (H2)
Goldy Fuchs (T2)
Vicky Scheepers (C4)
Madre Carinus (T2)

Team Manager

Shaun Asher

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