Date: Tuesday, 17 March 2015
Posted by: Cycling Southland

Paracylists Laura & EmmaEmma Foy and Laura Fairweather will lead the New Zealand Paralympic cycling team's medal charge at the world championships in the Netherlands later this month.

The defending world champion pairing of Foy and Southland pilot rider Fairweather set a world record when they won the women's B 3km pursuit world title last year.

They set a new New Zealand record at the elite track nationals in February but are expecting even more competition with countries gearing up for next year's Paralympics in Rio.

Kate Horan, a former Paralympic athletics star, recently broke a world flying 200m record by 2s at the national championships in Cambridge.

New Zealand paracycling head coach Brendon Cameron said there were high expectations of the three person team.

"All our athletes are tracking strongly towards a medal in Rio next year," he said.

"We also have the southern hemisphere advantage of enjoying a full summer of preparation meaning more daylight hours to train or fit in multiple sessions in one day."

The world championships get underway at Apeldoorn with Kate Horan competing in the women's C4 500m time trial.

Horan will also ride the 3km pursuit and scratch race.

Foy and Fairweather are also in action on March 26 with the 1000m time trial, and will ride the 3km pursuit and sprint.

Article courtesy The Southland Times
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