The South African team who will compete in this year’s UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships have been announced by Cycling SA.
Six para cyclists will represent the country at the champs taking place in Emmen, Netherlands, from September 12 to 15.
The team consist of Pieter du Preez (H1), Gary Coetzee (C5), Juan Odendaal (C3), Phillo Verlaat (C2), Goldy Fuchs (T2) and Toni Mould (T1), with O’Ryan Bruintjies taking on the role of manager.
“With the news of being in the team, I can now prepare my training for the next months,” said Mould.
“I never take my inclusion in the team as a given. After the UCI World Cups, I took a short break. The fact that I recorded a PB [personal best] on the flat roads of the road race in Belgium gives me motivation because I have heard that the route in the Netherlands for the Champs is quite flat.”
Du Preez, who won the H1 road race at the Para-cycling Road World Cup in Ostend, Belgium, said he was working on his general conditioning and getting stronger.
“Now I’m making sure that every component on the bike is as good as it can be and I’m doing some serious ground work and doing some good base training in the next month or two before I work on speed, power and quality before worlds.
“Hopefully I can come home with good results, with all roads in the end leading to Tokyo 2020.”
View the team below:
Pieter du Preez (H1)
Gary Coetzee (C5)
Juan Odendaal (C3)
Phillo Verlaat (C2)
Goldy Fuchs (T2)
Toni Mould (T1)
Team Manager: O’Ryan Bruintjies