Del’s 2013 Para-Cycling Season UpdateAndre Barbieri
Hi All, I apologize it’s been awhile since I submitted and update. I have been a little busy. First off I would like to thank my sponsor PossAbilities for there undying support and implementation of the, “Road to Rio”, program.
So far the 2013 Para-Cycling season is going great. I have competed in three races to date. My favorite of course the Redlands Bicycle Classic. Every year I look forward to participating in the Classic because its pretty much the only time my family and friends actually get to watch me race. I’m also the Para cycling tech director, so I attend all of the RBC planning meetings, as well the technical meetings. I would like the thank the RBC Committee members for the continued inclusion and support of Para-Cycling in the past and well into the future. For those who haven’t heard I finished in second place in the TT as well as the Road race. I would call that a success sine the week before the race I had an incident that bent the frame of my hand cycle (OUCH). I put in my order for my new frame but there was no way it was going to be built and ready in time for the race. My only option was to go over to my good friend Mike Box who is a welder/wheelchair builder to repair my bent frame. Mike did a great job and got me back on the road.
Next I was off to Greenville, South Carolina to compete in my first P1 event. I was looking forward to finally racing some international competition to see how I stack up with riders from other countries. To my disappointment the day of the TT I woke up with a headache and backache I just wasn’t feeling normal. I decided to ignore it because there was no way I wasn’t going to race since I had travelled across the country to do so. So I just told my self that I was going to ignore the pain and race. To my surprise I ended up finishing in 3rd place. After the race was over I was feeling ten times worse than when I started. Knowing that I only had about 24 hours till the Road Race I found the nearest hospital and went to the ER. Come to find out I had a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection). The doctor who herself was an avid cyclist strongly recommended that I withdraw from the road race because of my condition. I took the doctors advise and just rested. I wanted to race so badly but I also knew that I was knew that I would be flying out to Canada to compete the following week. This was the first time I had to withdraw from a race. So I started taking the medicine the doctor prescribed and hydrating to get ready for my next competition.
The third race I competed in was the Defi Sportif in Quebec Canada. This was also a P1 event. I had limited training time due to the recovery from the UTI I got the week before but I felt good. The course for this event had the appearance of a race car track. It was like riding on glass being its was so smooth. The weather was also great, it was a little sunny will a very cool breeze. As a quadriplegic I couldn’t have prayed for better conditions. I felt very fast in the TT. Turns out it wasn’t just a feeling after the conclusion of the TT I checked my average speed. It was 15.7 mph. This is the fastest I have ever ridden for 12 miles in competition. Mind you I was on antibiotics and riding on a welded frame. I can’t wait to ride that same course at 100 percent!!! The time I posted was good enough for second place in the H1 class and a 12th place finish overall. The next day I competed in the Road Race which was 21 miles. Again I got second in my class with an average speed of 14.7 mph. (I need to work on that).
So as of today I’m ranked second in the H1 class in the world. Yaaaaaah!!! Oh and that frame I ordered is being assembled as we speak… So stay tuned folks . Ill let you know how the rest of the 2013 season goes as it happens.