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Para-cycling to make debut at London Track World Cup

Track time trial at the Six Day London
Joe Robinson
23 Aug 2018

Para-cycling to be included at UCI Track World Cup this December

Para-cycling is set to make its debut in the UCI Track Cycling World Cup at the Lee Valley Velodrome, London later this year. In an unprecedented first, para-cycling events will form part of the schedule for the World Cup meet scheduled to take place from 14th to 16th December.  

Across the meet, para-cyclists will compete in the men's and women's tandem sprint, C1-C5 team sprint, women's C1-5 500m TT and men's C1-5 1km time trial, as the event expands to include more track cycling. 

This progression has come much to the delight of para-cyclists including Britain's own seven-time Paralympic gold medallist, Jody Cundy, who commented on the decision.

'It’s fantastic to see para-cycling events being included in the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup schedule in London – it’s a great step forward for the sport and I’m delighted that Great Britain is leading the way,' he said.

'The Paralympic Games in 2012 – in cycling and every other sport on the schedule – was a seminal moment for global para-sport, and it’ll be brilliant to go back to the Velodrome at Lee Valley VeloPark this December and see further progress being made.'

British riders have long-dominated para-track cycling, topping the medal table at the Rio Paralympics and multiple World Championships with the likes of Cundy and Dame Sarah Storey taking gold medals.

The inclusion of para-cycling at the British leg of the Track World Cup seems a natural progression, something the head of Team GB para-cycling, Jon Pett, agrees with.

'We are passionate about disability sport, but this doesn’t just mean winning medals at an elite level,' Pett said.

'Our para-cyclists are role models to so many, and for as wide an audience as possible to view their performances is crucial to inspiring people around the country and the world.'