Date: Monday, 27 July 2015
Posted by: Cycling Southland

Laura & Emma 2015The New Zealand Para-Cycling team has battled through extreme heat to claim two silver medals at the Para-Cycling Road World Cup in Germany 

Handcyclist Tim Williams was second in the men's MH1 Time Trial, while the tandem pairing of Emma Foy and Laura Thompson (sighted pilot) were runners-up in the women's BW Time Trial. 

Williams was beaten by less than a minute by Australian rival Grant Nickels on a challenging, hilly 9km course, and in temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius.

Foy said the temperatures made for a "very, very hard race".

"In the last month we have done a lot of hill work as part of our training and it put us in the best place in terms of preparation, and it paid off."

Thompson said the heat made the event a "mental battle".

The team will now look towards the UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland, starting on Friday, July 31 (NZ time).

Foy said she believed the second-placing put the pair in good stead for the world champs.

Other Kiwi para-cyclists in action in Germany included Stephen Hills in the men's T2 Time Trial placing eighth and Fraser Sharp in the men's MC3 Time Trial placing sixth.

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