Para-cycling out of Tokyo Games?

Para-cyclingPara-cycling looks to be in real danger of being left out of the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo as a result of the UCI’s failure to submit the necessary paperwork on schedule; whilst the deadline for the International Paralympic Committee management team was July 28, the UCI only filed last week. The failure leaves para-cycling chasing one of the seven remaining slots for sports available after the IPC confirmed the 16 already guaranteed representation.


The blunder comes at a time when there is also potential for the number of sports represented being reduced, IPC president Sir Philip Craven explains: ‘Our aim is to ensure that the final Tokyo 2020 Paralympic sports programme is fresh and features the best Para-sports possible. Although we can have a maximum of 23 sports in six years’ time, we have an option to reduce the number of sports in order to ensure we have a compelling and attractive Para-sports programme.’


Jody Cundy, who represented GB at the 2008 Summer Paralympics and broke the world record on the way to winning the gold in the 1km Time Trial, tweeted: ‘(It) sums up how high we appear on the UCI radar. Not surprised at all.’


Since para-cycling made its debut at the Seoul Paralympics in 1988, GB has proven to be one of the most successful nations, topping the medal tables at both Beijing and London.


More on Jody Cundy at


Sarah Storey Victorious on Return

sarah_storey_2The return to competitive cycling for Sarah Storey, who gave birth to a daughter in June, has started perfectly with victory in the 3km Pursuit at the Paracycling International Cup. The 11-time gold medallist levelled with rival Jennifer Schuble with a third distance still to run, winning in a time of 3:45.406 – although considerably off her world-record best of 3:32.170, set at the London Olympics, Storey told BBC Sport, ‘It was good to be back racing. The time isn’t so bad but I definitely need to get fitter; it hurt at the end…’


There was success too at the Newport event for GB’s Jody Cundy who set a record of 1:04.996 in the C4 kilometre – however the record will not be officially recognised as the Paracycling International Cup does not have the required anti-doping procedures in place to ratify the time.


For more on Sarah Storey and to read her revealing blog on balancing life as a new mother with that of a top level athlete click here.



Second Gold for Sarah Storey

Sarah Storey has added a second gold to her tally in the C4-5 500m Individual Time Trial, having already taken top spot on the opening day of the Paralympics Games in the C5 Individual Pursuit. In a thrilling display the 34-year-old story recorded a time of 36.997 seconds holding America’s Jennifer Schuble off for silver and China’s Jianping Ruan in bronze. Her attention will now turn to next week’s Time Trial and Road Race in an effort to double her gold total for 2012.


An excellent day too for Sarah’s husband Barney Storey who helped pilot Neil Fachie to gold in the B Category 1km Time Trial, an event that saw a desperately disappointing ‘Did Not Finish’ for Anthony Kappes and his pilot Craig MacLean who suffered a double mechanical failure at their starts and were denied a third crack at the track.


In the Men’s Individual C4 Pursuit Jody Cundy channelled the frustration of his own ‘DNF’ from yesterday by taking the bronze; gold went to Romania’s Carol-Eduard Novak and silver to the Czech Republic’s Jiri Jezek. Whilst the Men’s C5 Pursuit saw a further medal for GB with Jon-Allan Butterworth taking silver behind Australian Michael Gallagher’s Gold.


With the velodrome action complete, attention next turns to the Wednesday’s Time Trials and Thursday’s Road Race.