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World Cup bronze for Fuchs shows he’s getting closer to Rio
- Updated: June 24, 2015
South African para-cyclist Goldy Fuchs is edging ever closer to his dream of making next year’s Rio Paralympics, writes Mark Etheridge.
Fuchs was one of a small team of cyclists who were in European action ahead of the UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships in Notwill, Switzerland.
He was one of only two South Africans to win medals in the Italian leg of the World Cup series when he won a bronze medal in Maniago, getting third spot in the road race (T2, tricycle classification).
He also just missed out on another bronze medal when he came fourth in the time trial event. Justine Asher won South Africa’s other medals, with two gold medals
Fuchs shared his World Cup experience with Road to Rio 2016. ‘First up was the time trial on the Friday. The route passed through the narrow streets of the villages of Alba and Campagna and ended on a cobblestone section in Maniago where I claimed a well-deserved fourth place in a very competitive field of riders. I have been training hard for the 2015 season with my new trainer, Boyd Roberts, and was very happy with my result.
‘The second day got of to a good start for Team SA, with me winning bronze in the road race. A group of four riders managed to breakaway but in the last lap we caught up with two of the breakaway riders. On the final stretch, I managed to take the best line through a 90-degree corner and sprinted to third place on the cobblestone section on the finish line.’
Selectors have taken notice of Fuchs’ form and he has been included in the World Cup event for Elzach, Germany on the eve of the Road World Championships.
‘I’ve also been selected for the South African para-cycling team that will participate in the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa scheduled for September this year. I’d like to thank all my sponsors, who are enabling me to do my best and to improve my performance this year.
‘With the 2016 Rio Paralympics coming up next year, I will give it my all, through hard work and dedication, to qualify for the SA Team and appreciate all the continuous support.’