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Ernst’s silver success
- Updated: June 18, 2012
Paralympic ace Ernst van Dyk took silver for South Africa in the second round of the 2012 Para-cycling Road World Cup Series in Segovia, Spain at the weekend.
Handcyclists Ernst van Dyk and Andries Scheepers (both H4 category) and H2 competitor Stuart McCreadie began their racing in Valverde de Majano at the time trial race, contending with hot and windy conditions despite the late afternoon and early evening start times.
Thirty-nine year old Van Dyk and McCreadie, 45, proved that their Paralympic preparations are well on track with solid performances as Van Dyk earned a silver medal over the 21-kilometre route, coming second to current World Champion Oscar Sanchez (US).
McCreadie took fifth place in a tight race in the highly competitive H2 class that saw 24 competitors tackle the 13km route. His finish was a mere 0.2sec behind the current world cup leader David Franek from France. McCreadie was ecstatic with his improvement in this discipline.
Scheepers, racing in only his second UCI international event, finished his H4 race in 9th place ahead of Israel’s Nati Groberg.
In the road racing the South African trio competed in the historic town of Villa de Cuellar. The 12km road race circuit presented a seven-degree gradient and included a 750-metre long cobblestone hill and proved to be a challenge for the team.
In the 60km five-lap H4 race, Van Dyk crossed the finish line in an exciting photo finish in the challenge for fourth place against Jetze Plat from the Netherlands, with Plat claiming the fourth spot and Van Dyk fifth, both recording the same finish time of 1hr 46min 26sec. It was the Belgian rider Wim Decleir who won the race in a photo finish with Oscar Sanchez in a winning time of 1:41:28. Scheepers finished in 10th place, missing out on ninth place by a mere 0.03 seconds.
McCreadie finished in eight place in the 48km four-lap H2 race in amongst the 24-strong field. McCreadie’s time of 1:21:54 was 1min 56sec off the pace of the winning time set by Frenchman David Franek.
The Spanish World Cup has served as excellent preparation for Van Dyk and McCreadie ahead of the London Paralympics, with another opportunity to fine-tune performances coming up in July for the Canadian World Cup in Baie-Comeau.
Summary of Results ÔÇô 2012 Para-cycling Road World Cup 2 ÔÇô Segovia (ESP)
Men H4 Handcycling Time Trial
1 Oscar Sanchez (USA) 31:22,60
2 Ernst van Dyk (RSA) 31:58,36 +35,76
3 Wim Decleir (BEL) 32:02,88 +40,28
9 Andries Scheepers (RSA) 33:47,17 +2:24,57
Men H2 Handcycling Time Trial
1 Heinz Frei (SUI) 19:01,12
2 Walter Ablinger (AUT) 19:23,87 +22,75
3 Lukas Weber (SUI) 19:49,90 +48,78
4 David Franek (FRA) 20:06,54 +1:05,42
5 Stuart McCreadie (RSA) 20:06,76 +1:05,64
Men H4 Handcycling Road Race
1 Wim Decleir (BEL) 01:41:28
2 Oscar Sanchez (USA) 01:41:28
3 Johan Reekers (NED) 01:42:23 +00:00:55
4 Jetze Plat (NED) 01:46:26 +00:04:58
5 Ernst van Dyk (RSA) 01:46:26 +00:04:58
10 Andries Scheepers (RSA) 01:50:03 +00:08:35
Men H2 Handcycling Road Race
1 David Franek (FRA) 01:19:58
2 Heinz Frei (SUI) 01:20:02 +00:00:04
3 Lukas Weber (SUI) 01:20:10 +00:00:12
8 Stuart McCreadie (RSA) 01:21:54 +00:01:56