South Africa has the pleasure of hosting the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Pietermaritzburg from 31 August to 3 September. With just over a month away, preparations are coming along smoothly, and race organisers are beyond excited to host the Championships – a first for the South African Para-cycling scene.
Pietermaritzburg as a city is already on the map with regards to hosting various world-class cycling events over the years. This is the first time that South Africa will be hosting the Para-cycling World Championships, but the country has hosted legs of the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cups in 2015 and 2016. The Championships take place on non-Olympic years, making this year’s Champions the first crowned since 2015.
World Champions are crowned in each category over four days of racing in Africa’s Bike City. The first two days of the competition consist of Time Trial racing (31 August – 1 September at Midamar Dam) and then there are two days of Road Racing (2-3 September at Alexandra Park.)
Event Organiser, Alec Lenferna said: “The preparations are of course an on-going process, but now with seven weeks to go, we’re ramping it up and are full steam ahead.”
Lenferna said that him and his team are in the process of attending meetings with various city officials and departments involved. “We’ve also been working very closely with Midmar Dam itself as well as traffic officers,” he added.
Affected roads in the Midmar Dam Reserve and surrounding areas will soon be re-tarred and smoothed out in order to be ready for the Time Trial events.
Federations around the world have already begun selecting teams headed for the Championships, with teams like Belgium, United States, France and New Zealand already well-secured.
Entries for the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup open on 27 July.
Spectators are encouraged to come and support these phenomenal athletes as they battle it out with the best in the world to be crowned 2017 World Champions.
For more information about the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, go to: https://www.cyclingsa.com/2017-uci-para-road-world-champs/