The Rio 2018 Para-Cycling Track World Championsip had its firsts non-official trainings on the Barra Olympic Park’s Velodrome, venue of the competition from March 22 to March 25. The official trainings will be at the 20th and 21st (schedules at the end of the text). Russia, Argentina, Spain and Brazil teams already rode their training and competition bikes and had the opportunity to test the track where they will compete.
“This training was just for starting. The athletes arrived at Rio on Thursday that is why it was important to do this activity so they can start getting used with the arena, the track and the climate”, said Romolo Lazzaretti, technical coordinator of the Brazilian national team.
Among the the big names who are getting used to the competition there is the Brazilian Lauro Chaman (C5), two paralympic medals and three on the last World Championship; the Argentineans Rodrigo Fernando Lopez (C1), bronze at the 1km Time Trial at the 2016 World Championship, and Mariela Analia Delgado (C5), bronze at the Scratch on the 2016 World Championship; the Russians Alexsey Obydennov (C3), silver and bronze on World Championships, and Sergei Batukov (C3), bronze at the 1km Time Trial at the 2016 World Championship; and the Spanish Eduardo Santas Asensio (C3), silver at the Rio 2016 Games at the 1 km Time Trial, Alfonso Cabello Llamas (C5), golden medal at the Rio 2016 Games at the 1km Time Trial and the double Ignacio Avila Rodriguez and Joan Font Bertoli (Tandem), winners of the Individual Pursuit at the last World Championship.
“Just for entering the track I felt the emotion. Recording what I lived at the Rio Games is wonderful. We want to come back to this podium, if possible at its higher spot, and repeat what we did on other World Championships.” Said Font Bertoli. “At the last World Championship there weren’t some countries but here at Rio the level is really high. We want to know if with everyone of the main rivals in action we can be at the first places”, completed Avila Rodriguez.
Rio’s World Championship – the first of the modality to happen at Brazil – is even more important because it is the first big competition to count points for the ranking that will select the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games participants. Para-Cycling is the third sport with most medals of the Games, after Athletics and Swimming. The World Championship has three trials on each category – Tandem (for blinds), C1, C2, C3, C4 and C5 (for physical disabled and amputated) – for men and women. Besides that, there is also a Sprint trial with mixed teams.
The biggest delegations at the Championship are also from the countries with more tradition on Para-Cycling: Great Britain (22 competitors), United States (18), Australia (16), Russia (14), Ireland (13), China and Spain (12), Brazil (11), Malasia (10), Argentina, Netherlands and New Zealand (09). Counting the Tandem category pilots without any disability, there will be almos 240 competitors from 30 countries during the four days of event.
The Para-Cycling Track World Championship is a realization of CBC, with support from the Agency of the Olympic Legacy (AGLO), the Ministery of Sports and the Brazilian Paralympic Comittee.
Official trainings schedules (open for press)
March 20 – Tuesday
8h às 9h30 – GBR, CHN, HUN, CZE, ROU, UKR
9h30 às 11h – USA, NED, ARG, EST
11h às 12h30 – AUS, MAS, BEL, GRE, GHA
12h30 às 14h – NZL, COL, FRA, ITA, POL, DOM, HUN
14h às 15h30 – ESP, IRL, JPN, GER, SVK
15h30 às 17h – RUS, BRA, VEN, CAN, SWE
March 21 – Wednesday
8h às 9h30 -AUS, MAS, BEL, GRE, GHA
9h30 às 11h – NZL, COL, FRA, ITA, POL, DOM, HUN
11h às 12h30 – ESP, IRL, JPN, GER, SVK
12h30 às 14h – RUS, BRA, VEN, CAN, SWE
14h às 15h30 – GBR, CHN, HUN, CZE, ROU, UKR
15h30 às 17h – USA, NED, ARG, EST
What: Para-Cycling Track World Championship
Where: Barra Olympic Park’s Velodrome
When: From March 22 to March 25
Competition times: Morning sessions: from 10am and afternoon sessions from 3pm
*Gates will be open at 9am
Barra Olympic Park’s main entrance – Gate 28 – Embaixador Abelardo Bueno avenue
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