Great Britain cycling ace Jody Cundy took gold and broke a world record at the Newport Para-cycling International in Wales at the weekend.
The former Walpole St Andrew star, who is now based in Manchester, triumphed in the C4+5 Kilo.
His time of 64.480 was a sea level best by half a second. Cundy holds the overall world record which was set at 1,800m altitude in Mexico and is unlikely to be beaten unless anyone goes back there.
His feat was all the more remarkable given that the 36-year-old was laid up for a week in hospital in November with a severe throat infection.
Cundy told the Citizen: “In training there was never any indication that I would be that fast.
“I didn’t know how it would go. It has given me a real ray of hope.”
The result stands him in good stead for the forthcoming 2015 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships which will be held in Apeldoorn, Holland, in a few weeks’ time.
Selection for the event is due to announced on Friday afternoon.
Cundy added: “I had an infected epiglottis. I’m glad I made the decision to check it out. The following day in hospital it got worse and I was in intensive care overnight.
“Then I went back into the normal wards.”
On his Kilo ride, he tweeted: “Did the rainbow stripes proud today.”
Great Britain ended the Newport International with 18 medals, including six gold, four silver and eight bronze.