Bagging medals will be on Goldy Fuchs’ mind when he takes part in the UCI Para-Cycling Road World Cup in Italy this week.
“I will go as hard as I can in all my races and hopefully achieve good results,” said Fuchs, who will compete in the individual time-trial on Friday and road race the following day.
He will compete in the competitive tricycle (men’s T2) category and he said his goal was to place in the top five in all his events and, hopefully, nab a medal.
“I’ve been training hard during my build-up for the World Cup events and hope it all pays off.”
Fuchs, who will also line up at the World Cup event in Belgium next week, expected a fast road race but felt the course in Corridonia – which includes a climb – suited his strengths.
“I trained hard and bagging a medal after competing at such an intense level will boost my confidence tremendously.
“Also, with the Paralympics happening next year, a medal will show that I’m on the right track with my training,” said the South African champion, who has been competing internationally for a decade.
“I had a good build-up to the World Cup Series since competing at the SA National Champs in February (where he won convincingly) and feel strong and confident.”
Fuchs said he was excited to be back in Italy – his fourth time.
“I made good friends during my stay here last year and hope to see some of them again this year. Italians are very friendly and supportive.”