SA Paracycling Road TEAM heading for EUROPE

The SA Team left on Monday to take part in the World Cup in Germany (24-26 July). All the info is on the UCI website at http://www.worldcup-elzach.com/english/   The Western Cape paracyclists participating are Ernst van Dyk, Craig Ridgard, Justine Asher and Goldy Fuchs.  JC van der Walt (Team Manager), Ricky Kulsen (coach) and Pieter Jansen (mechanic) and Shaun Asher accompanies the riders. George Rex and Pieter du Preez from Gauteng are also in the team.

The same team will then go on to the UCI World Championship in Switzerland (28 July-2 Aug). All the details (Programme, Results and most likely live coverage) can be found on the official website at http://www.wm-paracycling2015.ch/en/

You will also be able to see updates on the CyclingSA website.

We wish them all best of luck, good fun and most of safe travelling and cycling.

 

 

 

League Race – Saturday 20 June

A very beautiful albeit chilly day brought four tricyclist, three bicyclists, two handcyclists and a tandem pair out of the warm feathers for this race.  Unfortunately Heinrich and Eugene had to turn around due to a broken chain.  Adriaan, for the first time, braved the 16km and did very well.  The tricycles had a good competitive race as usual and Denzyl just missed his pb. It was great to see the motivated and always smiling Catherine on the road. Welcome here with us.

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Medals galore for TEAM SA in UCI World Cups !!

Team SA did exceedingly well in Italy and Switzerland in the recent UCI World Cup events.  4 Gold medals, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze – How is that !  Oh yes and a World Cup Winners Jersey to boot.  Read all about it on CyclingSA website.

WPcyclingPD is especially proud of Craig, Justine, Goldie and Ernst.

TEAM SA to Italy and Switzerland for UCI World Cups

The 2015 World Cup and World Championships programme starts in earnest with the Italian, Swiss World Cup events – In  Maniago (5-7 June) and Yverdon-les-Bains (13 – 16 June). We wish you all the best.

The riders, comprising the national team, are as follows:

Italian World Cup (Maniago)

Ernst van Dyk (H5); Justine Asher (H2); Craig Ridgard (C2); George Rex (T1); Goldy Fuchs (T2); Gerhard Viljoen (T2) and Team Manager: Mike Burns;

Swiss World Cup (Yverdon-les-Bains)

Ernst van Dyk (H5); Craig Ridgard (C2); Pieter du Preez (H1) and Team Manager: Mike Burns;

Significantly, the South African team will be accompanied by their development rider colleague, Simon Makgobela (H5 hand-cyclist), who is entered for the Italian and Swiss World Cup events as an independent competitor. Makgobela has great potential to excel in hand-cycling. Assisted by saturation-level high performance support since March 2015, he is expected to benefit greatly from the international competition experience that he will gain from travelling with the national team in Europe. This will stand him in good stead to perform to his potential as a member of the national team that will compete in the UCI World Cup event to the hosted by South Africa in Pietermaritzburg in September 2015. Makgobela is being generously supported by grant funding received from the Department of Sport and Recreation and is being assisted with his development by Cycling South Africa.

 

League Race – Saturday 23 May

Although the numbers seems to be dwindling, there were some very good riding on Saturday.  The juniors surprised again with Willie and Matthew both riding personal bests.  Although Andrew had a hard time today, he ended up with some splendid company for the last few kilometers – as evident on the photo.

Lovely to see the spirit of companionship like this on the road

Lovely to see the spirit of companionship like this on the road

The Craig/Ernst race is always lovely to watch.  Ernst is quickly getting back into handcycling after his successful international wheelchair racing events.

Great also to see Denzel and Simon as well as the new tandem pair, Heinrich and Eugene, improving on their pb’s.  Some great riding in great conditions.

We really hope to have more support for this monthly event.

Latest Results –  RESULTS

 

OCC in George – 21 Feb 2015

Good luck to all the handcyclists and supporters going to George for the OCC on Saturday.
Lots of travel mercies and good and safe rides.  Have fun!!

 

League Race – Saturday 24 January

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What a good way to start the year!   A perfect day and amazing rides.  Good to see you all back in the saddle. Special welcome back to Thomas after his marathon hospital stays and huge operations.  Adriaan Groenewalt, Andrew Gadd and Matthew Brooks all rode beautifully and improved their personal bests.  Tasreeq did very well for a first time on the 16km. Toni on her new bike (thanks JC for all the assistance and persistence) did a very good time – also first time round on the 16km route. Eugene (on his new blue bike) Denzil, Russel, David and Jason (tandem under the hour) and Craig all improved their personal best times! Well done to all of them.  A very big welcome to the new handcyclist Mark Swartz and tricyclist Hillary Lane.

 

Champions of Champions !!!

We are very proud of our cyclists and when they are acknowledged on the National stage, we are particular chuffed for and with them.  WELL DONE Ernst and Justine.!!  Congratulations are streaming in. Follow them on facebook for photos and more info..

This apt accolade has been posted on the UCI website.

Up against athletes from other sports, Ernst van Dyk, Justine Asher and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio received the honours at a ceremony in Sandton.

Ernst van Dyk was awarded Sportsman of the Year with Disability and was also nominated alongside able-bodied athletes for Sports Star of the Year. The powerful hand-cyclist is South African time trial and road race champion and 2014 UCI World Champion in the road race. He won Paralympic gold in the road race in 2008 and silver in London 2012.

A hand-cyclist for just two years, Justine Asher is South African national champion and UCI World Champion in the time trial and road race as well as the winner of the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in 2013 and 2014. She won Sportswoman of the Year with a Disability Award.

At the same awards ceremony South African cyclist Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, national champion and bronze medallist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, won the Sportswoman of the Year award.

UCI President Brian Cookson said the three awards were a fitting recognition for three athletes who had achieved tremendous results throughout the year.

“Cycling had five nominations at the 2014 South African Sports Awards and three winners,” said Mr Cookson. “I congratulate these athletes and also pay tribute to Cycling South Africa and its President William Newman for their commitment to our sport and in particular to their hard work in developing para-cycling which is definitely starting to gain the recognition it deserves.”

Meanwhile para-cyclist George Bouska won the prestigious Czech Cycling Federation’s 2014 King of Cycling award for para-cyclists after winning gold in the time trial and bronze in the road race of the C4 category at the 2014 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships

League Race – 22 November

The last League race for 2014 was held on Saturday.  We had a lovely, beautiful day with quite a few support riders joining.  Zandile has ‘The Argus’ in her sights and is motivated by, and motivating her colleagues to take up the challenge.  Good luck to  you all.

Two juniors Andrew and Matthew, braved the 16km route and did very well.

There was great action on the 35 km route with 3 tandems vs Craig!!  and some of the support riders being missed on the turning point !!  but hey, all is well that ends well.

Best wishes to you all for a peaceful, restful and cycling holiday and may you all be richly blessed.

Take good care of yourselves and your loved ones.

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Two of the juniors