Germany comes out tops after UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships spectacular

Germany comes out tops after UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships spectacular

Germany went out today with guns blazing and a clear determination to stay atop the medal leader board on the last day of the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday 3 September. They collected a total of 20 medals throughout the four-day competition, made up of 10 gold medals, four silver medals and six bronze medals – a National Record for Team Germany! Italy clawed their way back to move into second place on the medal leader board with a total of 14 medals – seven gold, four silvers, three bronzes – while The Netherlands were the third highest with 15 medals, made up of six gold, five silvers and four bronze medals.

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Windy conditions on Day 2 at UCI Para-cycling World Championships at Midmar

Windy conditions on Day 2 at UCI Para-cycling World Championships at Midmar

Strong winds and much cooler conditions greeted participants of today’s second day of the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, but this didn't seem to deter the Canadian Para-cycling Team, who had a magnificent start to the day when they claimed three medals – two gold and one silver – in the Men’s C-class races. It started with 21-year-old Michael Sametz’s medal-winning performance where he beat Benjamin Watson (GBR) and Colombian Esneider Munoz Marin by completing the 23.3-kilometre course in a time of 32 minutes 48.92 seconds.

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Italy opens UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships with gold medal haul

Italy opens UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships with gold medal haul

The Italian Cycling federation opened their 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships campaign when four of their riders were crowned UCI World Champions at the magnificent Midmar Dam in Howick, South Africa, on Thursday 31 August 2017. Exactly 100 riders took part in today’s competition alone, which featured tricyclists and handcyclists for men and women.

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UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships officially declared open

UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships officially declared open

In wonderfully warm winter weather indicative of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, UCI Para-cycling Commission Member Louis Barbeau officially declared the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships open on Tuesday 29 August. Event Director Alec Lenferna began the proceedings by introducing the dignitaries at the Opening Ceremony, which was held at the Time Trial venue at Midmar Dam in Howick.

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A Para World Champs in old home province makes debut special for Cowden

A Para World Champs in old home province makes debut special for Cowden

After a life-changing mind set shift and a switch from unhealthy lifestyle choices to being an everyday active go-getter, KwaZulu-Natal-born Double C5 National Para-cycling Champion Gavin Cowden (who lived and worked in the province before moving to Mpumalanga), is ready and roaring to go, and describes his feelings ahead of the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Pietermaritzburg from 31 August – 3 September.

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“Greatest achievement still to come” for Army vet De los Santos ahead of Para World Champs (RSA)

“Greatest achievement still to come” for Army vet De los Santos ahead of Para World Champs (RSA)

With just under two weeks to go, engines are firing and and teams are making their last preparations before they head to the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa from 31 August – 3 September. Team USA will be bringing a 22-member-strong team (including 16 Paralympians and three returning Road World Champions). Included in the team is Army veteran Freddie de los Santos.

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