Culmination of the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup this weekend at Cantimpalos
Two months after the initial round at Castiglione Della Pescaia (Italy), the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup will reach its conclusion between the 25th and 27th July at Cantimpalos, in the province of Segovia in Spain, about a hundred kilometres north of Madrid.
Around 400 riders (308 Men and 91 Women) coming from 38 countries, and covering five continents, will converge on Castile and León. Spain will be the most-represented nation, with a total of 45 athletes, followed by France (33), Italy (28), Holland (27), the USA and Germany (both with 23), then Russia (19). Among these riders, 141 will be using conventional bikes (class C), 119 handbikes (class H), 104 tandems (class B) and 35 tricycles (class T).
The competitions will begin in the afternoon of Friday, 25th July with the time trials which will take place in the district of Cuéllar, close to Cantimpalos. The riders will follow a circular route of 11 kilometres, to be covered either once or twice, depending on the category.
The following day, the riders in the B and H classes will compete in the road race, again departing from Cuéllar on a circuit of 12 kilometres over a total distance varying from 84 to 108 km (tandems) and from 36 to 60 km (handbikes). It’s worth noting that the circuit will finish with a final climb of 750 metres, with a gradient of 7%, which should put the best riders in the lead.
On Sunday 27th July, the World Champions in the C and T classes will be crowned. The cyclists will this time set off from Cantimpalos, on a circuit of 8 kilometres, to be covered from 3 to 9 times (24 to 72 km). The competitions will be closed with the spectacular relay for the handbike (12 x 1 km).
Among the hot favourites, we can mention the Italian Alessandro Zanardi (H5), who won both the time trial and the road race during the first round of the series. Also worth a mention is the French rider Quentin Aubague (T1), the Brit Lora Turnham (B), the American Shawn Morelli (C4), the Polish rider Anna Harkowska (C5), the South African Justine Asher (H2), the Canadian Shelley Gautier (T1) and also her fellow countrywoman Marie-Eve Croteau (T2): all of these riders won the two races they competed in at Castiglione Della Pescaia. However, several of them will be closely followed by their respective runners-up. These races should therefore be very exciting!
The starting line-ups and all the results of the various events of the round at Cantimpalos, as well as the final rankings of the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, will be published on the UCI web site (click here).
As a climax to the season, the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships will be the next important rendezvous in this discipline. They will take place from August 28th to September 1st in Greenville, South Carolina (USA).
Para-cycling sport classes
C – Cycling: conventional bikes with some minor adaptations
B – Tandem: bike used by a blind or visually-impaired athlete and a pilot
H – Handbike: three-wheeled bike that can be propelled by the arms alone, or by both the arms and the trunk
T – Tricycle: three-wheeled bike
Each group is divided into different sporting classes according to the severity of handicap.
Photo (Jean-Baptiste Benavent): The departure of the men’s race (class H2) in the final round of the 2013 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup.