Two paratroxers from Sporting / Tavira Paracycling are part of the national team that will participate in the World Cup parachute races on the road in Italy and Belgium in May.
The national paracyclist selector, José Marques, called on H4 Flávio Pacheco and H5 Luís Costa, both from Sporting / Tavira Paracycling, as well as C2 Telmo Pinão (Benfica House MMV / APCA / Paracycling).
Three runners with international experience who have one goal in common – to add points to the ranking of Paralympic qualification – and individual goals adapted to the results they have achieved and to the power of their opponents.
"Portugal has already secured the presence of a paracyclist at the Tokyo Paralympics next year. Now, until May 2020, we will try to add as many points as possible, in order to find at least one more corridor. In these events of the World Cup, Luis Costa departs with the ambition of beating himself by the podium. Telmo Pinão and Flávio Pacheco will race for the "top-10", explains José Marques.
The first race takes place in Corridonia, Italy, from 9 to 12 May. Flávio Pacheco will be the first to compete in the 27.1 kilometer counter, scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on May 9. The next day, Luis Costa competes against the 'chrono', at 27.1 kilometers, at 17:00. The background tests begin on the 11th, with Flávio Pacheco racing at 10:45 and Luís Costa at 15.50, both on 62.7 kilometers.
Ostend, Belgium, receives another World Cup event from May 16-19.
Flávio Pacheco and Luís Costa have the 27-kilometer counters scheduled for around 14:45 on the 16th. On the 18th, at 13:30, Luís Costa leaves the road for the 72 kilometers of the deep race, and at 15: 50, it is Flávio Pacheco's turn to play the 64-kilometer race.
In addition to Team Portugal, the Lusitanian paracyclism will be present in Corridonia and Ostend with several individual cyclists.
In Italy are expected C1 Bernardo Vieira and C4 João Monteiro. In Belgium, the national embassy will be more numerous, joining João Monteiro, H4 André Sobreiro and Carlos Neves, H3 Diogo Oliveira and João Pinto and C2 Paulo Barreto.