Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) was pleased with the first ever UCI Para-Cycling C1 Track event that took place in Invercargill on Friday and Saturday. The event was run in conjunction with the 2015 Southland Track Championships. It attracted Para-Cyclists from New Zealand and Australia, as they chased qualifying points for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
The calibre of athletes was high with three World Champions competing. Including the New Zealand Tandem pairing of Emma Foy and Laura Fairweather (pilot), Australian Men’s Tandem pairing of Matthew Formston and Michael Curran (pilot), and fellow Australian and Individual Pursuit World Champion Sue Powell.
Brendon Cameron (PNZ Bike Head Performance Coach) said, “This event was key for the Bike programme. Not only because it’s another racing opportunity for the squad which are far and few between, but also to collect valuable UCI points that contribute to qualification slots to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. It’s also a good check point for the coaches to see how the athletes are tracking in their training programmes building up to the UCI Track World Championships in March next year, over in Apeldoorn, Holland”.
“PNZ is also hosting a similar road event in Cambridge in May that will serve the same purposes. A highlight for this event is we will be able to start a whole new level of development or new athlete into the sport and give them an opportunity to race against the best from Australia, some of which are World Champions in their classes. As a result these development athletes may also gain valuation UCI points towards Rio 2016 qualification slots for the New Zealand team. This is of great benefit to the athletes and programme overall.”
The New Zealand Para-Cycling team will continue their pursuit of Rio 2016 qualification points as they compete in the 2014 Australian C1 Track Event in Melbourne from 13 to 14 December.
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