Tuesday 29 August 2017

GB Para- Cycling Team at South Africa World Champs


Rainbow jerseys are up for grabs as the world’s best para-cyclists head to South Africa for the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships.

Pietermaritzburg plays host to the championships with nine riders set to represent the Great Britain Cycling Team.

Pietermaritzburg has been a happy hunting ground for the Great Britain Cycling Team in recent years.

Corrine Hall and Lora Fachie struck double gold in South Africa in the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup - dominating in both the time trial and the road race.

The pair won world titles on the road in 2013 and 2014 and head to the capital city of the KwaZulu-Natal province in fine form following a silver medal in this season’s world cup in the time trial in Emmen, Netherlands.

Another British duo looking to repeat previous South African success is Steve Bate and Adam Duggleby.

The 2016 Paralympic time trial champions won their first gold medal at world cup level in Pietermaritzburg two years ago and followed that up with bronze in the road race.

Bate and Duggleby have already won three world cup medals this season, taking gold in the time trial in Maniago, Italy before winning double bronze in Emmen - and the pair will look to win their first-ever world championships medal in South Africa.

Two British riders will be looking to get back on the road world championships podium for the first time since 2011.

Simon Price and Crystal Lane-Wright both won road race bronze medals in Roskilde, Denmark six years ago and the duo will be confident of securing strong results in South Africa.

There will also be three riders making their debut at world championship level with Craig Collis-McCann, Will Bjergfelt and Ben Watson all going into the event in confident mood having medalled at world cup events in 2017.

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