NZ pushes forward in Para-Cycling

The competition among 450 elite international athletes from 45 countries geared up last week, with NZ improving their medal count in the men’s division and the tandem race heating up among the ladies


The NZ Para-Cycling team have had a tough day on the road at the third day of the women’s tandem competition at the 2014 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships in Greenville, USA. All three tandems raced a fast and competitive 81.6km Road Race in 38 degree heat, ending in a sprint finish.

Brendon Cameron (Head Performance Coach, Para-Cycling) said, “Today was a mixed bag results-wise. We were the only country to start three tandems but as a team we knew all three weren’t gunning for medals. We have a new development tandem pairing of Amanda Cameron and Gabby Vermunt who are competing for experience, but in the end found the pace too hot but competed in their first World Championship event.

Our second entry of Phillipa Gray and Kylie Young is our Track focused tandem pairing who are doing a block of aerobic fitness in the off season – fought hard all day to finish in 11th Fairweather who collected a silver in the Time Trial only two days ago raced aggressively all day and put themselves in the right position in the final kilometre. It was a tight sprint finish with nine tandems flooding the line within a couple of bike lengths and our girls finishing a tight 5th hand-cycling athletes competing tomorrow in the final day of the World Championships and we’re again looking for some hard racing and more solid results”.

The tandem pairing of Emma Foy and Laura Fairweather finished in a sprint with six other bikes from Great Britain, Ireland, Spain, Japan, Netherlands and Poland. All Hand-Cyclists will take to the road this week again in their respective Road Races. The ten-strong NZ team including three tandem combinations and four Hand-Cyclists are competing among 450 elite international athletes from 45 countries.

Earlier last week, the NZ Para-Cycling team had added to their medal haul with an impressive performance by Tim Williams, winning gold and setting a new world record in the Men’s H1 Time Trial. Tim had a 21 second lead over silver medallist Nicola Du Preez (South Africa) followed by bronze medallist Teppo Polvi (Finland).