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News posted on Sunday 28th May, 2023

Follow NZ Para cyclists at the Road World Cup Series

The Para cyclists and support staff outside a restaurant in Italy

Follow the New Zealand Para Cycling Team as they compete across the 3 World Cups of 2023 – here’s how.


2023 Maniago Para Cycling Road World Cup

The 2023 Maniago Para Cycling Road World Cup took place 20-23 April 2023 in Italy.

See photos and results for the New Zealand team, including 2 incredible bronze medals for Eltje Malzbender, or view overall highlights on YouTube.


2023 Ostend Para Cycling Road World Cup

The 2023 Ostend Para Cycling Road World Cup takes place 4-7 May 2023 in Belgium.

What’s the schedule for the 2023 Ostend Para Cycling Road World Cup?

Time trial

Thursday 04.05.2023 – handcycles and tricycles

Friday 05.05.2023 – C-class (standard) bicycles and tandems

Road Race

Saturday 06.05.2023 – handcycles and tricycles

Sunday 07.05.2023 – C-class (standard) bicycles and tandems

2023 Ostend Para Cycling Road World Cup Results for New Zealand

Racing started Thursday in sunny but windy 20C temperatures with tricyclist Eltje Malzbender in the T1 class (WT1).  The Time Trial event was 2 laps of 10.5km circuit along the coast of Ostend. Eltje started impressively and was in the hunt for another medal this weekend but unfortunately the distance, wind and bumpy paved sections through the towns triggered ataxia and she did not complete the final circuit. 

Friday was a good morning for the New Zealanders in the Time Trial. Nicole Murray claimed silver medal, fending off challenges to keep a firm grip on second position throughout the race. Anna Taylor performed impressively for 5th, building considerably on her performance in Italy. Sarah Ellington had a strong ride for 6th place.

Saturday saw a good ride from Eltje in her Road Race until the last lap where she had some ataxia creep in and battled a few challenges to finish up 4th overall.

The final race day, Sunday, saw Anna Taylor improve on her placing from the previous World Cup with a good ride. Sarah Ellington rode really strongly to finish 5th in her bunch and working well right to the end of the race to ride away from her group to the line.

Nicole Murray had a brilliant ride in a very hard race where all of the C5 women were trying to get away. She jumped off the front of the bunch into the last corner and staying ahead of everyone except the Colombian rider who took first place.

Para athlete

Sports class

Time Trial

Road Race

Sarah Ellington

Women's C2

5th

7th

Anna Taylor

Women's C4

9th

9th

Nicole Murray

Women's C5

Silver

Silver

Eltje Malzbender

Women's T1

DNF

4th

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2023 Huntsville Para Cycling Road World Cup

The 2023 Huntsville Para Cycling World Cup takes place 26-29 May in Alabama, United States.

What’s the schedule for the 2023 Huntsville Para Cycling Road World Cup?

Friday: Partial Day – Individual Time Trials
Saturday: All Day – Individual Time Trials
Sunday: All Day – Road Races
Monday: All Day – Road Races & Handcycle Team Relay

We’ll share more detail here when it’s available.

2023 Huntsville Para Cycling Road World Cup Results for New Zealand

The New Zealand Para Cycling Team had a smashing start to their final Road World Cup of the three-part series. Friday and Saturday say the Time Trials. The Team’s first gold medal was claimed by Paralympian Nicole Murray, beating rival Kerstin Brachtendorf of Germany, the current Time Trial world champion.

The medals didn’t end there. Paralympian handcyclist Rory Mead returned to international competition in style, seizing the bronze medal from a field of 9 handcyclists. Paralympians Stevo HillsAnna Taylor and Sarah Ellington also put in strong performances to finish 7th, 4th and 5th respectively.

Read the full write-up from Huntsville here.

Para athlete

Sports class

Time Trial

Road Race

Sarah Ellington

Women's C2

5th

7th

Anna Taylor

Women's C4

9th

9th

Nicole Murray

Women's C5

Gold

Gold

Devon Briggs

Men's C3

14th

13th

Stevo Hills

Men's T2

7th

7th

Rory Mead

Men's H2

Bronze

Silver

Liz Gasson (independent athlete)

Women's C3

9th

N/a

Hannah Pascoe and pilot Sophie Williamson (independent)

Women's BVI

10th

7th

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