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It’s Fuchs at the double at SA Road Champs

By Mark Etheridge

Rio Paralympian Goldy Fuchs more than lived up to his name when he rode to double gold at the national road championships in Oudtshoorn on Thursday.

After having annexed the time trial earlier in the week, Fuchs was in action on the road race, held over two laps of 14.6 kilometres.

He went on to win the T2 category in a time of 55min 25sec ahead of London Paralympian Gerhard Viljoen in a repeat of the time trial position.

Viljoen’s time was 57.07.

Conditions were warm for the morning road race, nowhere near as scorching as the time-trial event.

‘We had a slow start and I decided to make a break at the 5km mark, because the slight wind made it good conditions for a breakaway,’ Fuchs told Team SA. ‘After that, I just put my head down and raced with confidence over the two laps.

‘I’m very satisfied with my win. The route suited me well with the wind factor and a few slight uphills throughout the course. I’m thrilled with my good performance and looking forward to the upcoming races in Europe from May until August.

‘I’d like to thank Riaan Carr for making it possible to win both titles, Time Trial and Road Race, for the second year in a row.’

Moving on though and Fuchs has an uphill battle of another kind to contest. ‘Cycling South Africa has a self-funding policy in place and I now need to raise money in order for me to participate in 2 UCI Para-cycling World Cups and possibly the World Championships in Europe this year.’

Picture of Fuchs in road race action courtesy of Into Cycling Newspaper