Cycling Australia is pleased to announce the Cyclones team to contest the 2011 Para-cycling Road World Championships being staged in Roskilde, Denmark from 5 to 12 September 2011
"I will be pleased if our known performers like Sue and Michael can medal again but I am really looking for an overall improved performance across the board with everyone improving their results from last year," said Cycling Australia Para-cycling Performance Director, Peter Day.
Earlier this month Powell and Gallagher headlined the Australian team at the Sydney round of the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cupwhere the hosts collected five gold, six silver and five bronze medals from the 37 medal events contested. It was an impressive performance against the world's best and gave the riders valuable experience to use in their medal assault in Denmark.
"Whilst World Cups are always significiant to the individual rider and for qualification points the World Championships are two or three steps up the ladder in terms of intensity and the number of riders cabable of winning," said Day. "That means there is definitely more pressure on everyone competing."
In Sydney Powell won both the time trial and road race and Gallagher was second in both C5 events behind the reigning world champion. Victorian Carol Cooke, a recent convert to Para-cycling after a lengthy career in Para-rowing, impressed with victory in both T2 (tricycle) events. In the men's tandem road race Australia clinched gold and silver with Bryce Lindores and pilot Sean Finning edging out Kieran Modra and pilot Scott McPhee for the win.
Claire McLean collected two bronze medals and Tasmanian Ryan Hughes was third in the C4 road race while West Australian H3 hand cyclist Nigel Barley claimed silver in the time trial and bronze in the road race.
Local rider Jayme Paris was the only starter in the C1 classification in both the time trial and road race at the Sydney World Cup and so was not eligible for a medal.
But Paris hopes to win two gold medals next year in London to add to her bronze medal from the Beijing Paralympic Games.
Paris,Gallagher, McLean, Powell, Lindores, Finning, Modra, McPhee, Barley and Tripp are currently in Italy at the AIS European Training Centre preparing for the second round of the World Cup being raced in Segovia, Spain from where they hope to add valuable Paralympic qualification points to Australia's tally.
The Australian Team for the 2011 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships is listed below.