With the 2015 CAC African Continental Track Championships entering their third day in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, a number of Paralympic cyling titles have been decided on the outdoor track that had fantastic weather and good conditions for racers.
South African Craig Ridgard has claimed a gold in the C1-C3 men’s individual pursuit over 3000m event with a time of 4:22.56. Juan Odendaal finished second.
In the men’s men’s C4-C5 individual pursuit over 4000 metres, Dane Wilson came away the winnter with a time of 5:24.09. Wilson was using the event as a warmup for the upcoming World Championships scheduled to get underway on March 26 and run until March 29 in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. He was trying to set-up better on his right prosthetic leg. Because he missed the national championships, he will not be included as part of the South African team at the World Championships.
Roxy Burns won the women’s C4-C5 individual pursuit over 3000 metres event in a time of 5:11.51. Burns came into the race as 2008 and 2012 Summer Paralympics veteran. Her time was an improvement over her recent performance at the Western Province Championships, and she has only recently ramped up her training after taking a break to focus on her studies. Like Wilson, she was also using the event as a warm up for the World Championships, and eventual 2016 Summer Paralympic qualification.
Dane Wilson, Roxy Burns and Juan Odendaal were named as the three members of the South African national team competing at the event in December. It was the first ever C1 rated Para-cycling track event to be held in South Africa.