Sprint finish for NZ at Para-Cycling Road World Championships

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The NZ Para-Cycling team have had a tough day on the road at the third day of competition at the 2014 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships in Greenville, USA. All three tandems raced a fast and competitive 81.6km Road Race in 38 degree heat, ending in a sprint finish.

Brendon Cameron (Head Performance Coach, Para-Cycling) said, “Today was a mixed bag results wise. We were the only country to start three tandems but as a team we knew all three weren’t gunning for medals. We have a new development tandem pairing of Amanda Cameron and Gabby Vermunt who are competing for experience, but in the end found the pace too hot but competed in their first World Championship event. Our second entry of Phillipa Gray and Kylie Young is our Track focused tandem pairing who are doing a block of aerobic fitness in the off season – fought hard all day to finish in 11th place just 46 seconds from the front group. Our pairing of Emma Foy and Laura Fairweather who collected a silver in the Time Trial only two days ago raced aggressively all day and put themselves in the right position in the final kilometre. It was a tight sprint finish with nine tandems flooding the line within a couple of bike lengths and our girls finishing a tight 5th place. We have four hand-cycling athletes competing tomorrow in the final day of the World Championships and we’re again looking for some hard racing and more solid results”.

The tandem pairing of Emma Foy and Laura Fairweather finished in a sprint with six other bikes from Great Britain, Ireland, Spain, Japan, Netherlands and Poland.

All Hand-Cyclist will take to the road tomorrow in their respective Road Races. These races will be available to view via international live streaming at

www.usparalympics.org

during the following NZ times:

• Tuesday 2 Sept, 12.00 – 2.30am and 5.30 – 7.30am.

Additional on-demand videos will be available of the handcycle relay and time trial events.

The ten strong NZ team including three tandem combinations and four Hand-Cyclists are competing amongst 450 elite international athletes from 45 countries.

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