The UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup Chronicle
- What happened? -
This weekend Emmen, in the Netherlands, welcomed the world’s finest para-cyclists for the third and final stage of the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup. The athletes took advantage of the location to check out the roads for the 2019 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, also to be hosted by Emmen.
In Women’s racing, Team USA dominated the time trial, earning an impressive four gold and two silver medals. Three Americansathletes doubled up on top honours, winning both time trial and road race events in their respective categories: Alicia Dana (H3), Allison Jones (C2), Jamie Whitmore (C3), and Shawn Morelli (C4).
Irish tandem duo Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal (pilot) were reunited with the podium after winning both of their events. Dunlevy is reigning time trial Paralympic Champion, and the duo currently tops the UCI Para-cycling Road rankings.
Dutch male para-cyclists thrilled hometown crowds by winning four gold medals in the time trial, with UCI Para-cycling Road rankings leader Tim De Vries (H5), claiming victory in both the time trial and road race.
In the nations rankings, the USA leads with 18 medals, including eight gold. Germany is in second with eight gold, while the Netherlands rounds out the standings in third place with seven gold.
- What’s Next? -
2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, August 31st - September 3rd, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
- Photo of the week -
- Focus on Alyda Norbruis -
Although a cerebral haemorrhage following her birth lead to cerebral palsy, Alyda Norbruis (C2) never let her supposed limitations stop her from pursuing sport. A keen alpine skier, Norbruis sought to represent the Netherlands at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games. The following year, she turned to para-cycling where she earned accolades as quickly as medals – including two at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Four years later, she won both track and road time trial gold at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Three-time gold medallist at the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Apeldoorn (NED), Norbruis won silver in the road race and time trial events in Emmen at the weekend.
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