World hand cyclist champion Ernst van Dyk will lead a four-strong para-cycling team to compete in Europe in the next few weeks.
All these riders will be part of the Team South Africa para-cycling squad for the London Paralympics later this year.
The two events scheduled are the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in Rome from 25-27 May and then the Schenkon Handcycling and tricycling Championships in Switzerland from 2-6. The latter event is a P1 category event and has the greatest number of international riders taking part.
The two events will be invaluable Paralympic preparation and although they are still 15 weeks away from peaking we should still see some solid results.
Accompanying Van Dyk will be Stuart McCreadie (H hand cyclist), Madre Carinus (T2 tricyclist) and Gerhard Viljoen (T2 tricyclist).
They’ll be accompanied by team manager Mike Burns, coach Elrick Kulsen and physic Tom Paulsen.
During the gap between the two races, the team will train in Switzerland. They leave South Africa on 22 May and return 5 June.