Sharp in Rio Frame
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
The Club Road National Championships are the pinnacle for all road riders in New Zealand with titles up for grabs from under-15 to Masters age groups and Paralympics.
Winning one national title is a major achievement for any athlete but last week Rio Paralympics hopeful Fraser Sharp won two C Class titles at the nationals in Alexandra.
On Thursday Sharp, 39, took out the 15km time trial in 22m 57s, three minutes ahead of the next rider at an average speed of 39.22km/h. The next day he blitzed the field in the 40k road race, winning in 1.10.50, nearly 16 minutes ahead of the silver medal rider.
Sharp said the key thing for the Paralympic selectors was not so much where the riders finished but their power output in the time trial.
"I recorded a good power output even though I had to slow down for other competitors at times so I could get past them safely. I feel I have a very, very good chance of making Rio but I don't guarantee anything until I hear my name announced," he said.
Tauranga resident Sharp is confident his outstanding rides have clinched selection for him for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
The team will be announced on May 9 and Sharp has done everything asked of him by the Olympic selectors.
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