Watch & follow the 2016 Para-cycling Road World Cup #1, Pietermaritzburg

6-8th May 2016

The first of three rounds of the Para-cycling Road World Cup starts this weekend, in South Africa – and it’s hugely important for Paralympic qualification, not to mention full of the usual awesome athletes – and we get to watch some of it live!

The race information is over here on the race page, which the routes, and everything else you’ll need in one spot, and the startlists and results will be be on the UCI website, as is the overall entry list.  Sadly no Tissot livetiming though.

I always follow live with the #Paracycling2016 hashtag, and the South African Cycling Fed usually does excellent twitter updates on @CyclingSA – and the UCI have their dedicated cycling twitter too.

The competition schedule is here, and all timings are in SAST – that’s the same as European CEST, 1 hour ahead of UK BST, 6 hours ahead of North American EDT and 8 hours behind Australian AEST.

Here are those livestreams – they last all day, but in the past they’ve been full of brilliant commentary and interviews between the races – the links take you to the specific streams.

  • Saturday 7th May, Timetrials – 09:00-18:00 SAST/CEST (8-5 BST; 3am-midday EDT, 5pm-2am AEST) – and the full start-times
  • Sunday 8th May, Road Races – 09:00-18:00 SAST/CEST (8-5 BST; 3am-midday EDT, 5pm-2am AEST)

For information about specific riders, and to follow a country’s progress, I’ve got a twitter list for Para-cyclists and team accounts which I’m adding to all the time, and teams to watch on twitter include Australia, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Great Britain, Netherlands, New Zealand, USA Paracycling twitter.  Photos will be going up n Cycling South Africa’s competition facebook album.

There are various National Federations’ Paracycling portals, including Cycling Australia, the Dutch Federation, Cycling Ireland, Italian Federation, Cycling Canada, Netherlands para-cycling portal, USA Cycling  and USA Paralympics news pageBritish Cycling’s news pages (if you want more British news, keep an eye on the BBC Disability Sport pages too) and Paralympics New Zealand’s facebook, and the German team facebook.

I’m always looking for more sources of Para-cycling information, so if you have places you love, please do share, either in the comments, or on twitter – I’ll add things to my women’s cycling tumblr as I see them, and make a post-race post here too.


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