The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games kick off in less than 130 days. But before focusing on Brazil, many of the planet’s top para-cyclists will converge on Pietermaritzburg. The South African city will host the first round of this season’s UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup from May 6th to 8th. Pietermaritzburg, which organised a round of the UCI World Cup for the first time in 2015, will host the discipline’s road World Championships in 2017.
The first day of competition will be devoted to the handbike mixed team relay. The time trials will take place on Saturday and the road races on Sunday. Some 75 athletes from 20 countries have registered.
As it’s a Paralympic year, there will be fewer rounds of this World Cup in 2016 than in 2015, but they will be no less important, especially for those wishing to be in the medals in Rio in September.
The two other events on the calendar of the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup are in Ostend, Belgium (May 20-22) and Pays Basque, Spain (July 15-17).