Australian Paracyclists arrive in Greenville SC ahead of the 2014 Para Cycling World Road Championships.
On Wednesday, the Australian paracycling team arrived in Greenville, SC welcomed by the heat, humidity and warm hospitality that the South is famous for. During the 5 day event, the Australian team will compete alongside hundreds of athletes from over 40 countries. This is the first time since 1998 that an American city has hosted this event and the team is excited to be in Greenville.
Upon our arrival into the Drury Inn Hotel, the athletes, mechanics, and staff began unpacking equipment and assembling bikes to ensure that the athletes could get out on the road before the heat of the day set in.
Riders and staff alike have settled into their surroundings and begun the training process that will culminate in the 2014 Paracycling Road World Championships. Both male and female paracyclists will compete in categorized events over the 5 day period. Whilst the high heat and humidity make for early training days the conditions look to be perfect for the events which include a handcycle relay on the BMW test track. The road race and individual time trial disciplines for men and women will be held on an 11km undulating circuit which loops its way through Greenville suburbia.
Our athletes have witnessed firsthand the kindness that this community has to offer. In true Southern spirit, locals have stopped to speak to the athletes and staff to ask about the upcoming championships and to welcome them to South Carolina. From the staff at the hotel, to the local shops, the road works employees out on course and even the Greenville Life Center Hospital who has offered to provide any medical or therapeutic equipment needed during these championships, the support has been nothing short of amazing.
The remaining days will see our athletes continue to adapt to the conditions preparing for the upcoming competition phase. In the words of Alan Armstrong, "Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it."
National Hand Cycling Coordinator
Cycling South Australia