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Coach Kulsen confident of World Cup success in Europe

Team coach Ricky Kulsen is confident that our national team to soon do duty at two para-cycling World Cup events in Italy and Spain will give a good account of themselves, writes Mark Etheridge.

Kulsen was team coach at the London Paralympics last year and has first-hand experience of many of the athletes, with at least five of the team having competed in London.

This team, chosen after the recent national para-cycling road championships in Outshoorn, consists of 12 athletes, nine men and three women.

“This is only the second time in international competition that Ernst van Dyk will have a team-mate in the very competitive H4 hand cycle class,” says Paarl-based Kulsen. “He’ll be accompanied by Andries Scheepers as he uses these World Cups as high level preparation for the defence of his world title that he won in Denmark two years ago.”

The team boasts a fair share of newcomers that Kulsen has high hopes for. “George Rex (T1 class), Justine Asher (H1) and Yusthin Lintnaar are showing a lot of promise,” he told Road to Rio 2016. “Lintnaar is only 18 but is showing a lot of potential, having won the national title in the T2 time trial and beating Goldie Fuchs and Gerhard Viljoen into second and third place.”

Gerhard Viljoen will also be looking to improve on his fourth place finish in London after a dramatic sprint finish.

“In the H2 handcycle class Stuart McCreadie is improving steadily and he can become a force to be reckoned with sooner rather than later. His racing skill and tactical thinking during the races have improved dramatically. This could benefit him and he has an outside chance of grabbing a medal in one of the World Cups.

“Then in the H2 ladies class Hillary Lewis will be keen to test herself against the best in the world. Lewis as well as Asher and Pieter du Preez (H1 men) have a very good chance of getting a top five placing.

“Juan Wilken will be racing in the very competitive C3 class. This will be his first taste of International road racing. He is part of a young segment of riders being prepared for the Rio Paralympics in four years time.”

The two World Cups take place in Merano, Italy (7-9 June) and Segovia, Spain (14-16 June, 2013).

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