Two Mal­tese cy­clists ob­tain good re­sults at UCI Gran Fondo world cham­pi­onships in Aus­tralia

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Two Mal­tese cy­clists, Mar­ion Pul­li­cino and Ger­ard Said qual­i­fied and par­tic­i­pated in the UCI Gran Fondo World Cham­pi­onships which were organised this year in Perth, Aus­tralia.

This year’s cham­pi­onships con­sisted of 2 races, a 20 km Time Trial and a Road Race.

The Time Trial was on Rot­tnest Is­land, a small is­land 15km off the coast of Perth which is widely known for its dis­tinc­tive wildlife.

The road race started in Perth and went over the free­way to­wards the Kala­munda moun­tains. The males had to do two laps af­ter the first pas­sage of the fin­ish, a to­tal of 160 km, while the women had one lap to fin­ish af­ter 105km.

The level of the com­peti­tors in Perth, hail­ing from hun­dreds of dif­fer­ent coun­tries, was very high, as coun­tries brought whole teams to achieve the pres­ti­gious world cham­pion jersey. Mar­ion Pul­li­cino man­aged to place 72nd out of 197 fe­male com­peti­tors, while Ger­ard Said placed 271st out of 657 male com­peti­tors.

To qual­ify for this event, prospec­tive par­tic­i­pants needed to have fin­ished in the top 25% of finishers in the world­wide UCI Cy­cling Tour events. Pul­li­cino and Said both qual­i­fied by do­ing a sim­i­lar event in Rhodes, with Pul­li­cino hav­ing placed 1st in her cat­e­gory in all three races and Said at­tain­ing 4th place in the cat­e­gory in two of the three races he raced there.

Rachel Dar­manin coached the two ath­letes this year. The ex­pe­ri­ence gar­nered from rep­re­sent­ing one’s coun­try at such a high level such a long way away was def­i­nitely an im­por­tant step in im­prov­ing their re­sults in other over­seas com­mit­ments.

Ger­ard Said

Mar­ion Pul­li­cino

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