Solid results for ‘Team Ice’ cyclists

Pretoria, 13 February 2014 – Three cyclists associated with Icexpress Progressive Prosthetics blitzed to top results at the national road cycling & time trial championships in Durban last week.

The event saw the country’s top para-cyclists push for good results in preparation for various international events, including the world championships taking place in South Carolina, United States later this year.

Ernst van Dyk put in a solid performance with a win in both the time trail & road race events in the H4 category. Andries Scheepers & Christopher Large took silver & bronze in both races. The Paralympian is looking to secure a 10th win at the Boston Marathon and told press that he is happy with his form.

C4 competitor, Reuben van Niekerk clocked 27 minutes and 58 seconds for silver in the 16.4Km time trail. Gold went to Dylan da Silva (00:26:49) and bronze to Clinton Madgwick (00:29:31).

In the C5 category, Dane Wilson raced to the finish in 1 hour 50 minutes and 8 seconds in the 90Km road race.

Wilson represented South Africa at the 2012 world championships. He was also the first amputee to finish the Absa Cape Epic (2009), and joined team-mate Reuben van Niekerk to become the first “full para team” to take on the Epic in 2013.

It is said that the selection criteria is “pegged rather high” this year with athletes having to dig deep to meet standards before team selection for the world championships. It will be interesting to see who makes the cut.

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