Chris Ross – New Zealand C5 Paracyclist

22 February 2012 - posted by Rebecca Gifford

Aspiring Athlete Chris Ross is a New Zealand Para-cycling Representative. Chris is a below elbow amputee who races in the C5 category, which includes people with upper body disabilities. Chris is still an amateur and is holding his own against numerous pro riders and world champs.

Chris has only been cycling for 2 years now after being picked up by Paralympics New Zealand Xcellerate to Xcellence program. Recently completing a Master’s Degree in Planning at Otago University Chris has dedicated 2012 to full time training in Auckland, in an effort to achieve his main goal of qualifying for the Paralympics in London 2012.

Chris was fitted with his Formthotics™ by Podiatrist, Simon Wheeler in September 2011. Chris says “Formthotics™ have made a huge difference to the comfort of my riding, power and style. I can’t wait to test them in a race situation, I am sure my performance will improve greatly due to the improvement in my foot posture”

Earlier this month Chris and the rest of the NZ Para cycling team competed in Los Angeles at the World Champs. Chris rode a PB in the Kilo (1000m Time Trial) in a time of 1:10.555 gaining 5th overall, a great improvement on 13th position in 2011. In the 4000m Individual Pursuit he also managed to make strides riding a 5:04:488 on a sluggish track to come 12th, seven places higher than the previous year’s finish.