Road Routes Affected in Pietermaritzburg UCI Para-cycling

Road Routes Affected in Pietermaritzburg UCI Para-cycling

2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Champs – Notification of road routes affected

The 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships will be taking place from 31 August – 3 September in The City of Pietermaritzburg. Routes interrupted in the city will be during the two Road Race days (Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 September).

Please consider using the alternate roads during this period.
The 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships Road Race route will utilise the following roads in your area:
Park Drive
• College Road
• Topham Road
• French Road
• Alexandra Road
• Chief Albert Luthuli Street

For more information about the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, go to: https://www.cyclingsa.com/2017-uci-para-road-world-champs/

For more information about Para-cycling, please visit http://www.uci.ch/para-cycling/

 

“Greatest achievement still to come” for Army vet De los Santos ahead of Para World Champs (RSA)

With two days to go teams are making their last preparations before the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa from 31 August – 3 September. Team USA will be bringing a 22-member-strong team (including 16 Paralympians and three returning Road World Champions). Included in the team is Army veteran Freddie de los Santos.

Freddie de los Santos is part of the 22-member-strong Team USA who will be taking part in the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Pietermaritzburg from 31 August – 3 September. Photo: Casey Gibson

 

Born in the Dominican Republic, De los Santos grew up in West Harlem, New York, joined the Army after the 9/11 attacks and became a special operations staff sergeant. On 20 October 2008, whilst serving in Afghanistan, De los Santos was wounded when a rocket-propelled grenade (RGB) hts his patrol vehicle, resulting in the loss of his leg.

He began para-cycling in 2011. De los Santos said: “Through my recovery process, I have been participating in hand cycling in order to rebuild strength and endurance while improving my quality of life. Cycling has greatly helped me recover physically, mentally and socially. It’s the most rewarding experience being able to compete despite my disabilities.”

De los Santos has since 2008 competed in over 26 marathons in a racing chair, and represented the USA at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, but feels like his greatest achievement is still to come. “I’m always looking to achieve more tomorrow than I did today and to improve myself at all times,” he added.

De los Santos has a great love and passion for art and design. Before joining the army, he worked for seven years as a graphic designer. He now uses abstract art as the medium to convey emotions, feelings and memories related to the trauma suffered during and long after the incident.

“Art has always been one of my passions. After I got severely wounded, I have been dealing with mental trauma, and art has become the vehicle I use to illustrate what I’m going through. Through my art, I want people to navigate through the mental and physical trauma I have experienced,” he said.

For more information about the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, go to: https://www.cyclingsa.com/2017-uci-para-road-world-champs/

For more information about Para-cycling, please visit http://www.uci.ch/para-cycling/.