Belgians shine at the Para-cycling Road World Cup
During the weekend of 4 to 7 August, the third round of the 2022 Para-cycling Road World Cup took place in Quebec. A total of 300 athletes from over 35 countries took part and the very least you can say is that the Belgians truly excelled!
In addition to numerous bends, the course on the streets of Quebec included a false flat and a slope with an 11% incline. So it was a tough route, but our athletes persevered.
Right away, the handbiker Maxime Hordies (MH1) went for silver in the time trial and then gold in the road race. There was also a gold medal for Tim Celen in the tricycles road race.
In the time trial, the 35-year-old Louis Clincke (MC4) from East Flanders won the gold medal. He completed the 26.4 km in 37'09", leaving the Irishman Ronan Grimes and the American John Terrell behind.
In his category, Ewoud Vromant (MC2) achieved bronze in the time trial.
We also must not forget that the World Cup is a technological challenge for these top athletes, as well as a physical one. Improved prosthetics not only allow them to achieve better results, but also make sports easier for many people with disabilities.
The results our athletes have achieved are promising as the World Championships in Baie-Comeau, Canada, will soon be with us.