Paralympic Games
7-18 September

World champion para-cyclists make their mark at UCI C1 event

Invercargill, New Zealand, stages its first ever UCI Para-Cycling C1 Track event 08 Dec 2014
Matt Formston and Michael Curran

Matt Formston and Michael Curran raced to gold in the men’s 4km pursuit on the first day of the 2014 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships.

ⒸJean-Baptiste Benavent

Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) was pleased with the first ever UCI Para-Cycling C1 Track event that took place in Invercargill on Friday and Saturday (6-7 December).

The event was run in conjunction with the 2015 Southland Track Championships and attracted para-cyclists from New Zealand and Australia, as they chased qualifying points for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The calibre of athletes was high with three world champions competing. This included the New Zealand tandem pairing of Emma Foy and Laura Fairweather (pilot), Australian men’s tandem pairing of Matthew Formston and Michael Curran (pilot), and fellow Australian and individual pursuit world champion Sue Powell.

Brendon Cameron, PNZ Bike Head Performance Coach, said: “This event was key for the Bike programme. Not only because it’s another racing opportunity for the squad which are far and few between, but also to collect valuable UCI points that contribute to qualification slots to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

“It was also a good check point for the coaches to see how the athletes are tracking in their training programmes building up to the UCI Track World Championships in March next year, over in Apeldoorn, Holland.

The New Zealand para-cycling team will continue their pursuit of Rio 2016 qualification points as they compete in the 2014 Australian C1 Track Event in Melbourne from 13 to 14 December.

Full results can be found here.