The opening round of the 2012 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup gets under way this week in a new venue… Rome.
The Italian capital will provide a magic backdrop for the first of three World Cup rounds, with the competitions taking place over three days.
Opening the competitions on Friday, the individual time trials will be raced over a distance of 5.2km, including sections along the seaside. The road race the following day will take the athletes over a rapid 6.1km circuit near the “Terme di Caracalla” area, just 500m from the Colosseum. On Sunday, the popular team relay will take place on a shorter but technical circuit of 4.2km.
Nearly 300 athletes from 36 countries have entered this Italian round of the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup. Many of the participants will be using the World Cup as a means to test themselves against the world’s best in the run up to the London Paralympic Games in September.
“We are delighted to have Rome as a host city for the World Cup,” commented UCI Para-cycling Coordinator Christophe Cheseaux. “The UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup is in its third year and is generating more and more interest both from the athletes and the public. Obviously, the fact that we are just a few months out from the Paralympics adds to the excitement and adrenalin!”
The Rome round of the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup will be followed by Segovia (ESP), June 15th – 17th, and Baie-Comeau (CAN), July 6th – 8th.
Source: UCI Communication Services