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Two medals for SA in day one of para-cycling World Cup
- Updated: July 25, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
South African cyclists picked up two medals on Friday’s first day of the UCI para-cycling World Cup in Elzach, Germany.
Six-time Paralympian Ernst van Dyk took bronze in the H5 time trial and Goldy Fuchs went one better to grab silver in the T2 class.
Friday’s action saw only time trial action being contested.
‘I was still a big travel fatigued but it got better as the race went on,’ Van Dyk told Road to Rio 2016. ‘I made back a chunk of time in the last two kilometres.’
Van Dyk clocked 17min 47.15sec as Dutch duo Jetze Plat and Tim de Vries got gold and silver in 17:00.06 and 17:47.15.’
‘Ernst raced very well,’ said coach Ricky Kulsen. ‘It wasn’t a course that suited him but he still made up 16 seconds in the last two kilometres.’
Fuchs’ silver came in the T2, also raced over nine kilometres and he clocked 18:39:48 behind Germany’s Hans-Peter Durst (17:34.56).
‘It was a great day for cycling,’ said Fuchs. ‘I started third, there was some hills in the course so it suited me as it finished on a long steep hill. I’m good on the hills, so very satisfied with my result. In fact it was a perfect race and good for next week’s World Champs in Switzerland.’
Said coach Kulsen: ‘Goldy rode the race of his life to finish second.’
Summing up the other races, Kulsen said: ‘George Rex got fourth in the T1, Craig Ridgard got sixth in only his third international race and Justine got fith in a factored race with the men in the H2 class.’
Said Asher: ‘Fortunately I was the first to go off on the TT. I had no female competitors in my class so I was factored against the H2 men. I missed medalling by just two percent which I’m pretty chuffed with us they a strong class.
‘On Saturday I do the road race bunched together with all the H woman classes. This is all good practice and preparation for next week’s world championship in which I WILL have competition in my own class, so all good.’