South Africa’s Para-cyclists are relishing the opportunity to compete in a World Cup on home soil when the fourth round of the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup Series visits Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, from 11-13 September.
The event will have two competition venues in Pietermaritzburg with the Time Trial competition being staged in the Midmar Dam complex on Friday 11 September and the road races being staged in the city of Pietermaritzburg using Alexander Park as the official competition venue.
The team relay route will also be in Pietermaritzburg and will be staged using the roads within Alexander Park itself.
There are a very select few that can participate for the national team at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cups.
Para-cycling Commission Director, Dr Mike Burns, says: “With the World Cup taking place in South Arica, we can field a larger national team. In addition, any of the local riders can experience what it is like to race amongst an international field, as they will be able to enter as independents. There is no limit to the number of independents that can enter.”
Those riders contemplating registering for and competing in the forthcoming South African leg of the Para-cycling Road World Cup as an independent need to register through Cycling South Africa.
The first step is to get a UCI International Racing Licence through Cycling SA (contact Tarryn Duncan firstname.lastname@example.org). Then, once online registration for the World Cup opens (which is usually about one month before the event), the office (Prudence Pietersen email@example.com) will put through the registration on the rider’s behalf.
The rider’s registration is confirmed once they have paid their accreditation fee, which is Euro75.
Riders will need to be classified nationally. It is however 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 hotel.
Riders who enter as independents are permitted to cycle in their club kit, and there are no limitations on sponsorship and branding presence. They will however need to ensure that they have the correct coloured helmet for the race officials to easily differentiate the classes during racing.
More information on the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup Pietermaritzburg can be found here: http://www.cyclingsa.com/2015-uci-para-road-world-cup/