Belgian National Champ headed for Para World Champs

Four-time Belgian National Champion Jonas van de Steene is focused and looking ahead to 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, taking place from 31 August – 3 September.

When asked about how much training goes into an event like this, Van der Steene said: “A lot. I train between 20 and 25 hours a week with the handbike and gym combined.”

The H4 handcyclist lost the use of his legs in 2012 due to an extremely rare condition called acute aortic thrombosis, and began handcycling during his rehabilitation process.

 

Belgian H4 Handcycling Champion Jonas Van de Steene is looking ahead to the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in PIetermaritzburg from 31 August - 3 September. Photo: Parantee-Psylos vzw

Belgian H4 Handcycling Champion Jonas Van de Steene is looking ahead to the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in PIetermaritzburg from 31 August - 3 September. Photo: Parantee-Psylos vzw

When chatting about his trip to South Africa, Van de Steene said: “I have amazing memories of Pietermaritzburg because when I participated for the World Cup in 2015, I made my first podium on an international level. So this gives me great motivation for the upcoming World Championship.”

When looking at his World Champs goals, Van de Steene is upbeat after finding himself on the podium of every World Cup so far, and he’s hoping for podiums in all three disciplines at World Champs. “If everything falls into place on the day maybe amazing things will happen,” he said.

Van de Steene has been hard at work since October last year in order to be in his best form for Pietermaritzburg. “I hope I can perform in my best condition and hope for incredible things to happen,” he concluded.

The 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships takes place in Pietermaritzburg from 31 August – 3 September.

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/