GREAT BRITAIN CYCLING TEAM SET FOR FINAL UCI PARA-CYCLING WORLD CUP AHEAD OF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
A nine-strong Great Britain Cycling Team travel to Emmen, Netherlands for the final UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup of the season before August’s UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in South Africa.
The team will compete over three days from Friday to Sunday across the time trials and road races.
As well as aiming for the podium, the event will give riders the chance to stake their claim for a spot at the world championships.
Paralympic gold medallists Megan Giglia and Louis Rolfe are selected for the first time since winning gold and silver at the HSBC UK | National Track Championships in January. Giglia and Rolfe have both enjoyed considerable success on the track and will be aiming to translate that success to the road for the first time in 2017.
After competing with Hazel Macleod and Sophie Thornhill respectively at the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Los Angeles, Lora Fachie and Corrine Hall are re-united as they continue a partnership that has seen them become Paralympic gold medallists, double world champions on the road and bronze medallists at the track world championships.
Steve Bate and his pilot Adam Duggleby got their 2017 season off to a successful start at the first para-cycling road world cup winning time trial gold in Maniago and they’ll be aiming to repeat that success as they work towards their ambition of becoming world champions for the first time.
Mel Nicholls is selected after a promising start to her para-cycling career, which saw her win bronze medals in the time-trial and road race in her debut event for the team in Ostend, while Simon Price and Liz Saul will also ride in their second road world cup of the season after both competed in Maniago.
Great Britain Cycling Team para-cycling head coach, Jon Norfolk, said:
“The world cup in Emmen is the final major event for the team before the world championships in South Africa and we’ll be looking at performances in the Netherlands with selection for that in mind.
“There have been some really promising results from a number of riders in the first two world cups and with Megan, Louis, Corrine and Lora coming back into the fold the road side of our programme is beginning to look really strong.”