The second and third days of the 2012 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup fared well for the South African tour as the team tackled the road race in their respective disciplines on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May respectively in Rome, Italy.
Saturday’s racing saw H4 World Champion Hand cyclist Ernst van Dyk competing in the 12-lap, 60km race while his H2 teammate Stuart McCreadie tackled 10 laps of the 5km circuit, racing a distance of 50km.
The racing was remarkable almost from the onset, with well-known American Oscar Sanchez disqualified for an equipment infringement, and top German contender Norbert Mosandl withdrawing due to brake problems that were triggered by the gruelling course!
Van Dyk stuck with the lead group for several laps but had to settle for 6th place in the end. An overtired McCreadie also struggled, and after losing the lead group early, finished in the middle of the field.
The accolades on Sunday (Day 3) were claimed by SA tricyclist Madre Carinus who won silver in her road race in a dramatic sprint, nudging Lisette De Heide from the Netherlands into third place by a mere 0,02 seconds.
Unfortunately, her teammate T2 tricyclist Gerhard Viljoen experienced technical problems with a sticking front brake, but claimed a remarkable 5th place nevertheless.
This was Carinus’ second medal in the competition after winning a bronze medal in Friday’s TT, and South Africa’s third medal after Viljoen claimed silver in Friday’s T2 TT.
The Para-cycling team now moves to Schenkon in Switzerland for a few days of training ahead of the Schenkon Handcycling (H) and Tricycling (T) Championships this coming weekend (2nd and 3rd June). The Schenkon Championships is a category P1 event, and has the greatest number of participating riders in the H and T classes of any event internationally.
Summary of Results – 2012 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup – Road Race
WOMEN'S T2 ROAD RACE – 25km/5 laps – 27.05.2012
1 Marie-Eve Croteau (CAN) 00:51:31
2 Madre Carinus (RSA) 01:01:55 +00:10:24
3 Lisette De Heide (NED) 01:01:57 +00:10:26
MEN'S T2 ROAD RACE – 25km/5 laps – 27.05.2012
1 Giorgio Farroni (ITA) 00:50:16
2 David Vondracek (CZE) 00:50:34 +00:00:18
3 Roman Sejna (CZE) 00:50:34 +00:00:18
5 Gerhard Viljoen (RSA) 00:51:40 +00:01:24
MEN'S H2 ROAD RACE – 50km/10 laps – 26.05.2012
1 David Franek (FRA) 01:31:30
2 Heinz Frei (SUI) 01:31:30
3 Jean-Marc Berset (SUI) 01:31:33 +00:00:03
13 Stuart Mccreadie (RSA) 01:43:37 +00:12:07
MEN'S H4 ROAD RACE – 60km/12 laps – 26.05.2012
1 Alessandro Zanardi (ITA) 01:48:35
2 Jetze Plat (NED) 01:49:13 +00:00:38
3 Wim Decleir (BEL) 01:49:13 +00:00:38
6 Ernst Van Dyk (RSA) 01:55:12 +00:06:37