With a fair amount of drama infused into the day’s time trial programme, the South African Para-cycling team performed exceptionally well in the second of the 2014 UCI Road World Cup series in Segovia, Spain, on 25 July.
Star performer of the day was H2 quadriplegic rider Justine Asher who claimed gold in an emphatic win over her competition. This is made remarkable by the fact that she has only very recently recovered from a serious hand injury, which placed a question mark over her potential readiness for Spain. The win almost certainly secures her the World Cup series champion’s jersey for 2014.
Equally significant as Asher’s achievement was Stuart McCreadie’s bronze medal performance in the very competitive H3 hand-cycling class in which he races. Over the past few years, McCreadie has incrementally invested a huge amount of physical and emotional effort in order to eventually claim this very well deserved podium finish. The result is particularly significant given the fact that he fractured both of his femurs at the beginning of 2014 and did not expect to recover in time for this year’s World Cup season.
Bringing the SA team’s medal tally to three for the day was Madre Carinus’ bronze medal. This was a well-deserved result in a race in which she worked hard to do her best. The result is certain to spur her on to do well in the road race later this weekend. Her tricycling teammate Goldy Fuchs achieved an impressive 6th place finish, racing against a group of increasingly competitive international T2 riders.
Ernst van Dyk missed out on a medal performance in a controversial race where a question mark hung over the timing system that was in place. No doubt, this great athlete will put behind him the disappointment he felt as he now focuses on his specialist event, the road race.
Vicky Scheepers faced an up-hill battle from the start of her race after being re-classified, upon her arrival in Spain, from the C4 to C5 class. This presented her with significantly stronger competition than what she had prepared for. Disappointed with her 7th place finish, she is almost certain to be highly motivated to give her very best in tomorrow’s road race.
Summary of Results – 2014 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup (ESP) – 25 July 2014
WOMEN'S H2 TIME TRIAL - 11km
1 Justine ASHER (RSA) 26:11.77
2 Gilmara Sol Do Rosario GONÇALVES (Independent) 31:11.01
MEN'S H3 TIME TRIAL – 11km
1 William LACHENAUER (USA) 15:31.93
2 Vittorio PODESTA (ITA) 15:40.32
3 Stuart MC CREADIE (RSA) 15:45.97
WOMEN'S T2 TIME TRIAL – 11km
1 Carol COOKE (AUS) 18:36.56
2 Marie-Eve CROTEAU (CAN) 20:06.75
3 Madre CARINUS (RSA) 23:29.35
MEN'S T2 TIME TRIAL – 11km
1 Hans-Peter DURST (GER) 17:17.46
2 Steven PEACE (USA) 18:01.10
3 David STONE (GBR) 18:16.73
6 Goldy FUCHS (RSA) 19:13.10
WOMEN'S C5 TIME TRIAL – 22km
1 Anna HARKOWSKA (POL) 32:01.68
2 Greta NEIMANAS (USA) 32:23.51
3 Kerstin BRACHTENDORF (GER) 32:38.75
7 Vicky SCHEEPERS (RSA) 36:51.67
Photo : Jean-Baptiste Benavent