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Burns and Co named for World Cup events in Europe

By Mark Etheridge

Two-time Paralympian Roxy Burns is just one of 12 excited cyclists selected to take part in two upcoming UCI road World Cup events in Europe.

CSA this week announced the team to ride at the two World Cup events in Merano, Italy (7-9 June) and Segovia, Spain (14-16 June).

The team was selected after the 2013 national road championships in Oudtshoorn last month and based on a comparison between the time trial event and the published team selection criteria.

One of Cycling SA’s key objectives this year is to increase the competitiveness of our top-tier para-cyclists and also exposing promising second tier riders to international competition.

Among the latest team are multiple Paralympian Ernst van Dyk, and 2012 Paralympians Stuart McCreadie and Gerhard Viljoen.

All of these riders are on SASCOC’s Operation Excellence programme that assists prospective Paralympic medallists.

Said Burns, primarily a track rider, based in Cape Town: “The fact that I got NAP (National Academy Programme) support from OPEX helped although funding from CSA hasn’t been approved yet.”

“But I’m training positively and have been training hard since nationals and I’m feeling good. As you know I am not fond of the road, but as there are no track events so we have to make do with what we get.” she told Road to Rio 2016.

“I’m very excited to go. I’ve never been to Italy and it’s apparently in the middle of the Alps! The course looks pretty flat for both time trial and road race.

“The road race goes through the town centre, so we’re probably going to have cobble stones, yikes!

“The TT is slightly longer than what we are used to so its going to be difficult, but the course looks flat.. and I do well on the flats.”

Burns has been to Spain though, having represented Team SA three years ago. “I’ve been to a World Cup there, at the same place. It was a very nice flat TT, a bit technical in places, but I can’t remember the road race at all but Spain is a beautiful place.”

In terms of competition it may be slightly easier for Burns this time out. “As far as I know the Australians aren’t sending a team, and thats where most of my competition is. So I have no idea what my competition will be like at this stage.”

The full SA team for the two World Cups is:
Ernst van Dyk (H4), Andries Scheepers (H4), Stuart McCreadie (H2), Hilary Lewis (H2), Pieter du Preez (H1), Justine Asher (H1), Roxy Burns (C4), Juan Wilken (C3), Yusthin Lintnaar (T2), Goldy Fuchs (T2), Gerhard Viljoen (T2), George Rex (T1).
Management: JC van der Walt (manager), Elrick Kulsen (coach). Mechanic and physiotherapist still to be determined.