World Champion title for NZ Hand-Cyclist at Para-Cycling Road World Championships

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The NZ Para-Cycling team have added to their medal haul with an impressive performance by Tim Williams to win gold and set a new world record in the Men’s H1 Time Trial today at the 2014 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships in Greenville, USA. Tim had a 21 second lead over silver medallist Nicola Du Preez (South Africa) followed by bronze medallist Teppo Polvi (Finland).

Tim Williams said, “I like to live my life by a quote that is in the Sean Fitzpatrick’s book that he gave me when he was captain - There's only one thing that hurts more than carrying on, and that's giving up.” He continues, “This definitely reflects the race today. It all went relatively fast despite the heat and I am stoked with my performance and result.
Tim is coached by Jono Hailstone - coach of London Paralympic medallist Fiona Southorn and World Track Championship medallist Kate Horan.
Jono Hailstone (Assistant Performance Coach Para-Cycling) said, "It is very challenging racing in the Northern Hemisphere summer after completing a campaign build in the middle of the New Zealand winter, but with some good planning and management Tim was able to minimise the negative impact of the hot conditions on his performance.” He continues, “Tim’s detailed course reconnaissance in the days leading into the competition paid dividends as he rode a well technically executed race making full use of the closed roads and taking fast, clean lines around the corners. We knew a podium finish was a realistic expectation leading into the race, but to take the world title is a somewhat surprising and extremely satisfying result."
Fellow Hand-Cyclists Sue Reid, Tiffiney Perry and Shane Blows placed 4th, 9th and 13th respectively in their Time Trials.
All three NZ Women’s Tandems will take to the road tomorrow in their respective Road Races. These races will be available to view via international live streaming at during the following NZ times:
• Monday 1 Sept, 12.00 – 3.00am and 6.30 – 7.00am
• 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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