Sport-by-sport - Para-Cycling
|Chief Executive||Ian Drake|
|Performance Director||Gareth Sheppard|
|Funding Award (2009-2013)||£4,198,000|
|London 2012 Performance||8 Gold, 9 Silver, 5 Bronze|
|Athletes on World Class Performance Programme||20|
|Past Performances||Paralympic Games, Beijing, 2008: Gold (17); Silver (3)|
|Press Officer||Abby Burton|
|Press Officer tel||07515 606 702|
|National governing body||British Cycling|
“Without the support from the National Lottery our athletes wouldn’t be able to train full time and have access to the fantastic support they receive. We certainly wouldn’t have achieved the results we have to date without their backing!”
GB Para-cycling Performance Director Gareth Sheppard
Boosted by an increase in funding of almost £2.5million for London 2012 Britain’s para-cycling team has been hugely successful in recent years. In Beijing in 2008 they won a total of 20 medals, 17 of which were gold and the eighteen members of the London 2012 team have high hopes of more medal success in London.
Paralympic cyclists compete under the exact same rules and conditions as their counterparts at the Olympic Games. The road racing disciplines were introduced onto the Paralympic programme in Seoul in 1998 and track cycling was included eight years later in Atlanta.
In addition to the funding of athletes and their performance programme, UK Sport has worked closely with British Cycling to design and develop equipment in line with the UCI’s technical regulations. They have developed track based measurement tools and systems to accurately monitor athletic performances in partnership with BAE Systems, McLaren Applied Technologies and Sheffield Hallam University. Other projects include targeted investigations into understanding training responsiveness to speed and power stimuli, and support in the development and implementation of an injury surveillance programme.
As part of their extensive major events programme, UK Sport worked with British Cycling and other partners to host the 2009 Para-Cycling Track World Championships in Manchester. It was one of thirteen cycling events hosted in the UK in the lead up to London 2012.
UK Sport funds twenty para-cyclists on British Cycling’s World Class Performance Programme (WCPP), many of whom have won multiple Paralympic medals. Double Paralympic champion in Beijing David Stone has now been on the WCPP for nearly fifteen years, having joined in September 1997 aged just sixteen. He will be aiming to defend his Road Race and Time Trial titles at Brands Hatch this summer.
Did You Know?
Prior to becoming a double Paralympic champion in cycling in Beijing, Sarah Storey had previously won 16 Paralympic medals in swimming, including five golds.
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Neil Fachie with Barney Storey
Anthony Kappes with Craig Maclean
Aileen McGlynn with Helen Scott
Lora Turnham with Fiona Duncan