Cundy’s countdown

PARALYMPIAN cyclist Jody Cundy takes part in an international sprint and keirin event on Good Friday, which has been switched from the outdoor Herne Hill velodrome to the indoor velodrome on his home track of Manchester.

Sunday marked 500 days to go to the London Paralympic Games, and former Walpole St Andrew ace Cundy this week will be at the Lee Valley White Water Rafting Park for the official opening of the first Olympic venue that will be open to the general public prior to the 2012 Games.

The 32-year-old has had a team meeting at the Celtic Manor base in Newport, Wales, plus an equipment and outfitting session with the likes of adidas and Next.

He said: “All of a sudden the Paralympics are becoming very real, and I couldn’t be more excited!”

The world record holder and world champion then kicks off his road season by flying out to Sydney for the first round of the Paracycling Road World Cup series.

He is part of a team of eight heading Down Under aiming to score more London qualifying points.