SA riders shine at Para-cycling world titles in LA
SASI cyclists help steer Australia to third place at Para-cycling world championships
South Australian riders competed strongly at the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Los Angeles between March 2 and 5.
Kieran Murphy and Lachlan Glasspool (pilot) won silver medals in the tandem pursuit and men's 1km time trial, while SASI scholarship holder Darcy Thompson won a silver medal in the time trial with a personal best time of 21.977seconds. He also took bronze in the C1 3km individual pursuit, equalling his pb.
Meg Lemon finished fourth, on debut at the championships, in the women's C4-C5 scratch race.
Her efforts at the championships were outstanding as she had only been classified for the event less than three months ago.
The South Australian riders' efforts, and strong results from their teammates, saw Australia win 14 medals at the championships to finish third on the ladder behind the United States and Great Britain. The Australian team won four gold, six silver and four bronze medals.
SASI coach Loz Shaw said the SA riders were outstanding.
"For someone like Meg (Lemon) to produce the results she did with fourths in her events was quite amazing as she has only been newly classififed for about two and a half months.
"LA is notoriously a slow track and Darcy laid it all out there. The kilo is not normally his event but he ended with really strong efforts.''
The performance from the Australian athletes was outstanding considering the short lead up time they and their coaches had to prepare for the event.
The championships were held at the VELO Sports Centre in Carson, west of Los Angeles.
It was the first time in the sport's history that a UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships was held during the season following a Paralympic Games.
The athletes will have little time to rest when they return home.
Most of them will line up at the Para Cycling Road National Championships in Warrnambool (Victoria) on April 28 and 29.
Later in the year cyclists will compete in World Cup events in Italy on May 11, Belgium on May 19 and the Netherlands on June 30.
Long-term, Australian athletes will aim for selection at the 2020 Tokyo Games.