By Mark Etheridge
South Africa opened their UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships with two riders but were unable to get podium finishes in Nottwill, Switzerland on Thursday.
George Rex was the best placed rider as he ended fifth in the T1 category in time trial action.
He clocked 36min 59sec to end 6:44 down on French winner Quentin Aubague.
The other time trial featuring SA action was the T2 where Goldy Fuchs took sixth spot in 27:26.97. Both the T1/T2 events were raced over 14 kilometres.
‘It was a perfect day for cycling, no wind or rain. My time trial went well and at the end I was sixth, the best finish for me at a world championships,’ Fuchs told Road to Rio 2016. ‘Now I’m looking forward for the road race on Saturday.
Said team coach Ricky Kulsen: ‘The racing was very good and the standard is very high. Everyone is looking for points for next year’s Paralympics.’
Friday sees Pieter du Preez and Justine Asher in action, still in time trial format.
Du Preez, in fine form lately with world and continental track records in Europe, goes off in the MH1 TT over 14km. Asher is also in action over the same distance in WH2 classification.
‘Tomorrow Pieter will definitely medal as well as Justine. Hopefully gold for both,’ said a confident Kulsen.