World champion para-cyclists make their mark at UCI C1 event08.12.2014
Invercargill, New Zealand, stages its first ever UCI Para-Cycling C1 Track event
The event was run in conjunction with the 2015 Southland Track Championships and attracted para-cyclists from New Zealand and Australia, as they chased qualifying points for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
The calibre of athletes was high with three world champions competing. This included the New Zealand tandem pairing of Emma Foy and Laura Fairweather (pilot), Australian men’s tandem pairing of Matthew Formston and Michael Curran (pilot), and fellow Australian and individual pursuit world champion Sue Powell.
Brendon Cameron, PNZ Bike Head Performance Coach, said: “This event was key for the Bike programme. Not only because it’s another racing opportunity for the squad which are far and few between, but also to collect valuable UCI points that contribute to qualification slots to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
“It was also a good check point for the coaches to see how the athletes are tracking in their training programmes building up to the UCI Track World Championships in March next year, over in Apeldoorn, Holland.