Last week saw the final day of competition at the 2014 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships in Greenville, USA, where the NZ Para-Cycling team achieved the trifecta – Gold, Silver and Bronze medal – along with setting a new World Record.
The medal tally has been lead by Hand-Cyclists Tim Williams, who took to the road on the final day of the Men’s H1 Road Race winning bronze. This achievement brought Tim’s medal haul to a Gold and Bronze medal, plus a World Record.
Not to be outdone fellow Hand-Cyclist Sue Reid placed fourth in the Women’s H4 Road Race, Tiffiney Perry ninth in the Women’s H3 Road Race and Shane Blows 11th in the Men’s H4 Road Race.
The ten-strong NZ team included three tandem combinations while four Hand-Cyclists competed amongst 450 elite international athletes from 45 countries. It was a challenging race environment with temperatures often reaching 40 degrees.
Paralympics New Zealand High Performance Director, Malcolm Humm said:
“This was a very successful campaign despite the environmental conditions and the impact it had on some of the athletes at times. The emergence of Tim Williams as a dominant force in the Men’s H1 Class, where he became a world champion, demonstrates the PNZ Para-Cycling Development Programme is producing, while Emma Foy and Laura Fairweather’s silver medal in the Women’s Tandem Time Trial indicates they are tracking well towards the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.”