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Paralympic cycling ace Roxy Burns continued her fine form with two more gold medals at the Western Province track championships at the weekend, writes Mark Etheridge.

That followed her earlier double gold at the Nedbank Championships for the Disabled in Durban last weekend where she got gold in the road time trial and road race.

After her weekend’s work in Durban she was named in a preliminary team for the London Paralympics later this year. “I’m 98% sure that I’m going to London,” said Cape Towns’ Burns.

Reflecting on her two track golds at WP champs in Bellville, she said: “I got two gold, but my times weren’t great because my legs were extremely tired from the weeks racing in Durban,” she told Road to London 2012.

“I knew I wouldn’t get good times but I was still a bit disappointed in my 500m, my coach [Ian Roger] was pleased with my 3000m though and said that it was a good time considering my tired legs and that I would never have been able to ride that time a few months ago on tired legs, so I’m getting ‘endurance fitter’ ÔÇô suppose that’s a good thing!

And looking back to the national champs in Durban. “We did the time trial on Tuesday. It was super hot and humid and what made it worse was that we started two hours later than planed because the traffic police hadn’t closed the roads properly so we raced in the middle of the day. The wind was also a bit of a pain on the back straight but it was a nice flat route. They shortened the route from three laps (15km) to two laps (10km) but my times looked good, and I think I rode well.”

The next day saw the road race, with Burns down to race 50km. “I had to do 10 laps. This time we started on time and it was slightly cooler than the previous day, although the humidity was bad. I averaged 29.3km/h over the 50km so I think I rode pretty well.

Next up for Burns are the national track championships scheduled for Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal at the end of the month.


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