Para world cup and World Champs double-header

South Africa’s Para-cyclists are currently in Europe to race two back-to-back UCI events, with the unusual scheduling of the third round of the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup series in Germany only three days prior to the World Championships in Switzerland. For this reason, Cycling SA’s Para-cycling Commission have taken a split strategy approach in the lead up to the World Championships, which take place in Nottwil from 28 July to 2 August.

South Africa proudly has two current World Champions, and both Pieter du Preez and Ernst van Dyk will be looking to defend their titles this year.

 
T2 Tricyclist, Goldy Fuchs is making excellent headway at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup series in Germany, only a few days before the World Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland, from 28 July to 2 August.

T2 Tricyclist, Goldy Fuchs is making excellent headway at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup series in Germany, only a few days before the World Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland, from 28 July to 2 August.

 

H5 hand cyclist, Ernst van Dyk, will use the German World Cup race as a significant training session as it will provide a chance to get used to the European conditions before embarking on the World Championships in Switzerland. Van Dyk is relishing the opportunity to race as it gives him a siting shot against his peers for the World Champs.

For H1 hand cyclist Pieter du Preez however, the traveling between the two countries in such a short space of time can easily tire him, so his full focus is straight ahead onto the World Champs, with ample time to settle and prepare before the competition kicks off next week.

Another rider who is enjoying the prospect of competing in some heavy rides ahead of the World Champs event is C2 cyclist Craig Ridgard, and he is exploiting the World Cup to fine-tune his preparations for Worlds.

T1 tricyclist George Rex will be participating in the German World Cup TT but will miss the road race in order to help settle the nerves ahead of the World Championships, where he will be competing in both the Time Trial and road race events.

Goldy Fuchs (T2) is looking strong and has been working extra hard in the lead up to the World Champs. His enthusiastic spirit and determination will see him participating in both events. His prospects of a medal would be best positioned for the World Cup in Germany, and along with his recent success in the Italian World Cup, will be a good addition to his record. At 24 years of age, Fuchs is still young and looking to notch up good results and will be giving both the World Cup and World Champs a full go.

H2 hand cyclist, Justine Asher, works best under pressure and loves the challenge of racing. She too is relishing the competition that lies ahead in both events. Her recent rest from the World Cup in Switzerland gave Asher ample time to recuperate and refocus for these two major events, where the German World Cup will provide the necessary preparations the week before the World Champs.

Cycling SA Para-cycling Commission Director, Dr Mike Burns, is anticipating the very possible chance of South Africa achieving three World Champions this year. “We’ve got it in us to achieve that. A lot of work has been put in and the High Performance strategy is working for us. Based on the recent performances in Italy and Switzerland, we’ve definitely got what it takes. They looked strong against all the competitors that they raced against, which is pretty much the field that will be at the World Champs.”

Burns says that the World Cup course is not too technical and is pretty straightforward. “No-one is intimidated by the course. But is doesn't lend itself to a rider who has great strength in climbing Craig Ridgard, who uses the climbs to his advantage. Each World Cup is an incredibly prestigious event and a podium finish is brilliant in its own right and goes a long way for the confidence of our riders.”

The Swiss World Championship course will however, have lots of climbing. There is a slightly easier loop, which has been introduced for the less-able classes, whereas the more-able classes will be setting off on a tougher route, which features the steeper and longer climbs.

24-26 July 2015 – UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup #3 (Elzach, Germany)

Team Manager: JC van der Walt
National Team Coach: Elrick Kulsen
Ernst van Dyk (H5)
Justine Asher (H2)
Craig Ridgard (C2)
George Rex (T1)
Goldy Fuchs (T2)

28 July - 2 August 2015 – UCI Para-cycling Road World Champs (Nottwil, Switzerland)

Team Manager: JC van der Walt
National team Coach: Elrick Kulsen
Ernst van Dyk (H5)
Justine Asher (H2)
Craig Ridgard (C2)
Pieter du Preez (H1)
George Rex (T1)
Goldy Fuchs (T2)