SA Para-cycling team announced for UCI Para Road World Cup (RSA)

Cycling South Africa’s Para-cycling Commission proudly announces the following riders who have been selected for the South African National Team at the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup taking place in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, from 7-8 May.

H5 handcyclist Ernst van Dyk (OPEX rider), H2 handcyclist Justine Asher (OPEX rider), Craig Ridgard (C2) and Goldy Fuchs (T2) are included in the 2016 Rio Paralympic squad and will be aiming to cement their position in this regard through their performances in the Pietermaritzburg World Cup, as well as in other UCI World Cup events scheduled for later in the year.

Part of the National Team that will race in Pietermaritzburg includes a mix of experienced riders and newcomers to international competition. A strong handcycling contingent will include Andries Scheepers (H5), Gysbert van der Niet (H4), Barend Coetzee (H4), Stuart McCreadie (H3), Nic Whiteing (H3) and Pieter du Preez (H1); as well as BJ van der Walt (C2), Gary Coetzee (C4), Gerhard Viljoen (T2), Vicky Scheepers (C4), Estelle van der Merwe (C5) and Toni Mould (T1) making up the other classes.

Para-cycling Commission Director, Dr Mike Burns, said: “It is particularly with regard to development opportunities and international experience to be gained that the benefits can be appreciated of hosting the UCI World Cup in South Africa.”

Not officially part of the National Team but embedded with the team during the UCI World Cup due to their potential to develop, over time, to top tier status are handcyclists Simon Makgobela (H5) and Palesa Manaleng (H3) and C3 Para-cyclist Phillo Verlaat.

“Simon, Palesa and Phillo will be fully supported by Cycling SA throughout the event,” said Dr Burns. “They will feel welcome among their national team colleagues and will learn the international competition ropes through interaction, as well as pick up tips.

“The performance of Phillo in the 2016 National Championships is proof of what advances can be made by a development rider when provided with coaching support, which he has received in his home town of Oudtshoorn over the past few months.

“Palesa is involved in only her second year of Para-cycling and will be able to build on her experience gained in the 2015 SA World Cup. Simon, who has previously represented South Africa in the 2015 World Cup series, is sure to use the SA World Cup to challenge for a place in the National Team once again.”

Although a National Team has been selected, there is no limit on the number of independent racers that can enter and compete in the Pietermaritzburg opening leg of the UCI Road World Cup Series. For those riders wanting to take the opportunity of participating in a World Cup event on home soil, please note the registration process:

·       The first step is to get a UCI International Racing Licence through Cycling SA (contact Tarryn Duncan tarryn@cyclingsa.com);

·       Then, once online registration for the World Cup opens (which is usually about one month before the event), the office (Prudence Pietersen events@cyclingsa.com) will put through the registration on the rider’s behalf;

·       The rider’s registration is confirmed once they have paid their accreditation fee;

·       Riders will need to be present for classification if an international panel has not previously classified them;

·       It is important for riders to keep an eye on the link to the Pietermaritzburg World Cup on the UCI website (www.uci.ch) in order to check when the classification schedule is online – this is normally a day or two before the racing starts. Those riders who don't have an international classification will need to be present for official classification at the official Race Permanence;

·       Liaise with the SA Team Management regarding receipt of race numbers, timing chips, etc. following the Team Manager's and Confirmation of Starters meetings - check the UCI website (www.uci.ch);

·       Generally keep abreast of the programme and other important matters by monitoring the event website here: http://www.cyclingsa.com/2016-uci-para-road-world-cup/.

More information on the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup Pietermaritzburg can be found here: http://www.cyclingsa.com/2016-uci-para-road-world-cup/

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