The Australian Para-cycling team finished first in nine events at the New Zealand Para-cycling Road Open on Wednesday December 9.

Road Cycling (Wednesday 5th Sept) - Brands Hatch, Paralympics - Summer / London 2012, London, England 29 Aug - 9 Sept , © Sport the library/Greg Smith

Road Cycling (Wednesday 5th Sept) – Brands Hatch, Paralympics – Summer / London 2012, London, England 29 Aug – 9 Sept , © Sport the library/Greg Smith

The UCI C1 time trials offered important qualifying points ahead of the World Championships and 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

Australia claimed six wins across the men’s events with former road race world champion and reigning Paralympic and World Champion on the track Michael Gallagher winning the C5 time trial. Reigning world champion Kyle Bridgwood won the C4.

Paralympic medallist Nigel Barley (H4), Olympian Stuart Tripp (H5), and national champion Darcy Thompson (C1) and Alexander Welsh (H3) also took wins. While Paralympic Champion David Nicholas (C3) claimed silver.

In the women’s events Paralympic and three time reigning world champion Carol Cooke took the win in the T2 category. In the C4 it was an Australian 1-2 with Paralympic Champion on the track Sue Powell winning ahead of teammate Alexandra Green. While Bianca Woolford emerged on top in the T1.

By Cycling Australia

Posted: 14/12/2015