Cundy chases world title benchmark time

Paralympian Jody Cundy tour of Wisbech schools on Vivien outside Clarkson School ENGANL00120120510154648
Paralympian Jody Cundy tour of Wisbech schools on Vivien outside Clarkson School ENGANL00120120510154648

Defending champion Jody Cundy will again represent Great Britain at the forthcoming UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships.

The former Walpole St Andrew Paralympic gold medal-winning cyclist competes in the event which takes place from March 26-29 in Apeldoorn, Holland.

British Cycling has confirmed Cundy will be among the team of 14 riders who will represent Great Britain.

The Manchester-based 36-year-old is entered into three events: the team sprint, kilo – where he is defending champion – and scratch race.

He is fresh from setting a world best time at Newport recently.

Cundy said: “Newport was a surprise to go as fast as I did – it was a good benchmark.

“Apeldoorn is a notoriously slow track. It will be interesting to see if I can get the same time there as I did at Newport.

“At the end of the day it’s the World title. In the kilo in my class the nearest guy is three to four seconds back.

“The benchmark which is important is the class above me – in the Olympics we race in the same class. The rider there from Spain, Alfonso Cabello, is 0.4 seconds behind me.”

He added on his preparations: “It will be purely training before then, and making sure we get everything right.”

The only other major competition this year for Cundy is due to be the Nationals in September.