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Madre’s two medals

Madre Carinus was Team South Africa’s star at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup that ended in Rome, Italy at the weekend.

The final two days of the World Cup saw the road events being staged on a grueling course. Carinus took silver in the women’s T2 race. The tricyclist clocked 1hr 1min 55sec for the 25 kilometre race. After five laps of hard racing, she edged out Lisette de Heide of the Netherlands by just 0.02sec. Race winner was Canada’s Marie-Eve Croteau in 51:31.

It was Carinus’ second medal at the World Cup, having won bronze in Friday’s time trial.

In the men’s H4 road race over 60km, our Ernst van Dyk stuck with the lead group for several laps but had to settle for sixth spot, clocking 1:55:12 to end 6:37 behind winner Alessandro Zanardi of Italy. Van Dyk’s fellow South African Stuart McCreadie struggled from early on in the men’s H2 road race over 50km and ended in the middle of the field.

In the men’s T2 race over 25km, Gerhard Viljoen struggled with a sticking front brake but was still able to claim a solid fifth place, his 51:24 putting him 1:24 behind winner Giorgio Farroni of Italy. Viljoen had won silver in the T2 time trial earlier in the competition.

The team now moves to Schenkon in Switzerland for a few days of training ahead of the Schenkon Handcycling (H) and Tricycling (T) Championships this weekend. The Schenkon Championships is a category P1 event, and has the greatest number of participating riders in the H and T classes of any event internationally.


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