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Ernst and Co gear up for first World Cup

By Mark Etheridge

Our 11-strong para-cycling team are all ready to race in their upcoming World Cup campaign in Europe.

The team left South Africa on Sunday to prepare for this weekend’s racing in Merano, Italy. Their second competition is in Segovia, Spain next weekend.

Thursday saw the team out on the race course to prepare for Friday’s time trial action.

Said team coach Ricky Kulsen: “The team has settled down nicely and the newcomers are starting to get a bit nervous as race day is coming up. Roxy was a bit sick with a stomach bug yesterday (Wednesday) but is feeling fine today. We’ll do a ride on the time trial course today just to make sure of the lines that need to be taken through corners etc. There’s a nasty 1.1km climb at the end and a race can we won or lost on that.”

Team South Africa’s only medallist in the cycling code in London, Ernst van Dyk is also part of the team. “It’s all good her in Italy,” he told Road to Rio 2016. “It’s my first TT since London and it’s going to be a hard one. There’s a long hard climb at the end which should be fun.”

The full team in Europe:

Men
Ernst van Dyk ÔÇô H4
Andries Scheepers ÔÇô H4
Stuart McCreadie ÔÇô H2
Pieter du Preez ÔÇô H1
Yusthin Lintnaar ÔÇô T2
Gerhard Viljoen ÔÇô T2
Goldy Fuchs ÔÇô T2
George Rex ÔÇô T1

Women
Hilary Lewis ÔÇô H2
Justine Asher ÔÇô H1
Roxy Burns ÔÇô C4

Team management
JC van der Walt ÔÇô Manager
Elrick Kulsen ÔÇô Coach
Rowan van der Vyver ÔÇô Team mechanic


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