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Wilson, Burns named for World Championships

By Mark Etheridge

Just two riders, Dane Wilson (31) and Roxy Burns (25) will fly the flag for South Africa at the UCI Para-cycling track world championships in Mexico next month.

Johannesburg based Wilson, pictured right, will compete in the C5 category and Cape Town’s Burns in the C4 division for the Aguascalientes event. They’ll be joined in Mexico by team manager Sheldon Bole.

The two cyclists were both in action at the Newport International Cup event in Wales at the end of last year with Burns winning her Pursuit and Time Trial events while Wilson was third in the Pursuit and Time Trial and fifth in the Scratch event.

Burns’ results were good enough to earn her first place in the UCI world rankings.

The World Championships are a vital part of the road to the Rio Paralympics in two years time as this is the first para-cycling event where countries can score qualifying points.

Burns, pictured right, has switched focus compared to last year where she also took part in many road events.

“I took December nice and relaxed and then started up in January again. I decided not to do SA road championships and focus only on the track this year.

“Not taking part in road, made it impossible for me to do road tours, which I’m OK with.

“I’m busy with my post grad education certificate now, so I have to do practical teaching. But I have managed to plan it so that I can start next term after Worlds, so I can focus on my training with minimum worries about work/studies.

“At Worlds I’ll be doing the regular, time trial (500m) and pursuit (3000m. I think its going to be competitors from all classes because its the first point-earning track event to start accumulating points for Rio.”


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