Eight South Africans will represent their country at the UCI 2010 para-cycling road and time trial world championships later this month.
The team leaves on 15 August for Baie Comeau, Canada and includes handcyclists, tricyclists and bicyclists.
Given the high UCI world rankings of a number of the team members, there is potential for a number of medals to be earned by the South Africans.
The routes selected for the road race and time trial at Baie Comeau are technically challenging, with significant hill climbs.
In particular, this suits Paarl’s Ernst van Dyk who regards climbing as the competitive advantage he has over other gold medal challengers.
The full team is:
Handcyclists: Ernst van Dyk, Stuart McCreadie, Krige Schabort
Tricyclists: Riaan Nel, Gerhard Viljoen, Madre Carinus
Bicyclists: Janos Plekker, Jaco Nel
The team management is: Mike Burns (manager), Elrick Kulsen (coach), Melvin Claasen (mechanic), Elmari Smit (physiotherapist)