The tricycles stand by for startAustralia’s best Para-cyclists will battle for national crowns this weekend at the 2014 Cycling Australia Road National Para-cycling Championships in Echuca.

To be held Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 May, national champions will be crowned in the road race and time trials across a number of classifications including those with vision or physical impairments.

Reigning road and time trial world champion and London Paralympic gold medallist Carol Cooke (VIC) is set to line up in both events, as will fellow world champion and Paralympic champion David Nicholas (QLD).

All of Australia’s reigning Para-cycling track world champions will hit the road in Echuca including Sue Powell (ACT), Michael Gallagher (VIC), Jayme Richardson (NSW), plus Matt Formston (NSW) and pilot Michael Curran (NSW) in the Tandem.

South Australia’s five-time Paralympian Kieran Modra will also be in action, in addition to Paralympic medallist Nigel Barley (WA).

The Championship also acts as the fourth and final round of the 2014 National Para-cycling Road Series, following events in Queensland, NSW and most recently Western Australia. And with minimal points separating the top athletes in the Series rankings across a number of categories, competition is set to be fierce in the final round.

Cycling Australia would like to thank the major event supporters – the Echuca-Moama Cycling Club, Disability Sport & Recreation Victoria, the Australian Paralympic Committee, and the Transport Accident Commission (TAC).

The Para-cycling Championships will showcase Australia’s elite hand-cyclists, including several Victorians who had made their way to the top of the sport after being injured in a transport accident.

“These competitors such as Michael Taylor and Alex Welsh provide motivation to our injured clients who are themselves aspiring athletes. I wish all the Victorians well for the event,” said TAC CEO Janet Dore.

Event Information
• 2014 Cycling Australia National Road Para-cycling Championships
• 10-11 May 2014
• Echuca, Victoria
• Time Trial – Saturday’s TT will take place around a 15km circuit in the small rural town of Lockington.
• Road Race – Sunday’s races will be held on a 21km circuit in the old gold mining town of Rushworth.

By Cycling Australia

Posted 06/05/2014