Round three of the 2015 UCI Para-cycling World Cup took place in Elzach, Germany from 24-26 July 2015 and Team South Africa put on a fantastic show, by adding four medals to their already impressive count in the World Cup series this year.
Friday’s Time Trial events saw Goldy Fuchs on the podium with a silver medal in his T2 tricycle race, while six-time Paralympian Ernst van Dyk claimed a bronze medal in the H5 hand cycle race.
“I’m really happy with my silver medal from the time trial! I’m feeling positive about World Champs – I did a really good training session on the course this morning,” said Fuchs, who is rearing to go and ready to put in a great fight at World Champs.
H2 hand cyclist Justine Asher could unfortunately not claim a medal, as she was the only female competitor in her class. Because of this, Asher was factored against the H2 Men class, and missed a medal by a mere 2% against the strong field.
T1 tricyclist, George Rex, finished fourth in his TT, while C2 cyclist Craig Ridgard recorded a sixth place finish.
The demanding and technical road race course yielded another podium finish for Van Dyk, where he claimed a bronze medal just 16 seconds behind the Dutch riders Jetze Plat and Tim de Vries.
Adding to the medal count was George Rex, who also claimed bronze in the T1 road race.
Craig Ridgard finished the C2 road race just millimetres behind the third-placed rider Israel Hilario Rimas (PER), narrowly missing out on a medal in a well-calculated race. The first four riders all recorded the same finish time.
Asher’s road race performance allowed her to reclaim the World Cup series leader’s jersey.
“The German World Cup was a lovely venue, and very well organised,” said Asher.
The H2 hand cyclist could only speak highly of her stay in Germany, but also mentioned that the races were not easy. “The road race was very technical and the time trial was just one long climb; otherwise, I really enjoyed the general friendliness of the people and the beauty of the surroundings,” she said.
The team is currently in Switzerland for the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, which take place in Nottwil, Switzerland from 29 July to 2 August 2015.
Van Dyk summed up his two-medal weekend for Road to Rio 2016: “The TT went quite well in the end. With 2km to go I was about 18 sec down but the last 2km had the steepest hill and I was able to catch Oz Sanchez (USA) and gain two more seconds on him to secure the bronze medal. I perhaps started a bit too slow but we had only been here three days at that point so I was still a bit sluggish from the long travel. The numbers looked good and it seems we are where we wanted to be for world champs.
“The road race was very technical with around 18 turns per 4.5km lap. So it was a typical criterium-style racing format. We don’t do this often enough like for example the Dutch who do a lot of this in the season and I was also a bit conservative in my approach as to not take any risks right before worlds.
“So I stayed back and often had to play catch-up after every corner so it was a great workout to sharpen up for next week. Worlds is a complete different type of course and we have worked for that. On the last lap my competitive side got the best of my and I moved forward to try to set up a good position for the final sprint.
“Things got a bit too tight and we touched wheels, I went on two and almost tipped over but was able to save it and only lost a bit of skin on my hand. I was then back to last in our lead group of five and I had to start over… working my way up. In the end I was able to pass Oz just before the line to claim bronze.” - See more at: http://www.sascoc.co.za/2015/07/28/more-medals-for-sa-as-they-warm-up-for-para-cycling-world-cup/#sthash.HzqjtOAR.dpuf
The next leg of the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup will take place in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa from 11-13 September. South African and international Para-cycling stars will be tussling it out on the for UCI points in their bids to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
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/
Summary of Results from 2015 UCI Para-cycling World Cup #3 (GER)
H5 – Men
1.Jetze Plat (NED) 17:00
2.Tim de Vreid (NED) 17:32
3.Ernst van Dyk (RSA) 17:47
H2 – Women
1.Justine Asher (RSA) 29:52
C2 – Men
1.Maurice Eckhard Tio (ESP) 39:35
2.Israel Hilario Rimas (PER) 40:52
3.Ivo Koblasa (CZE) 41:02
6.Craig Ridgard (RSA) 43:05
T2 – Men
1.Hans-Peter Durst (GER) 17:34
2.Goldy Fuchs (RSA) 18:39
3.Raphael Blaise (BEL) 19:38
T1 – Men
1.Jiri HINDR (CZE) 22:34
2.Sergey SEMOCHKIN (RUS) 24:09
3.Rickard NILSSON (SWE) 24:59
4.Gerald George REX (RSA) 25:16
H5 – Men
1.Jetze Plat (NED) 1:20:10
2.Tim de Vries (NED) 1:20:10
3.Ernst van Dyk (RSA) 1:20:16
H2 – Women
1.Justine Asher (RSA) 55:43
T2 – Men
1.Hans-Peter Durst (GER) 54:44
2.David Vondracek (CZE) 55:28
3.Tim Celen (BEL) 56:55
7.Goldy Fuchs (RSA) 59:47
T1 – Men
1.Sergey Semochkin (RUS) 33:20
2.Rickard Nilsson (SWE) 33:28
3.George Rex (RSA) 33:55
C2 – Men
1.Ivo Koblasa (CZE) 1:26:38
2.Arslan Gilmutdinov (RUS) 1:26:38
3.Israel Hilario Rimas (PER) 1:26:38
4.Craig Ridgard (RSA) 1:26:38