Cy­cling at the 2016 Par­a­lympic Games

Team GB will be look­ing to build upon its Olympic suc­cess next month as the coun­try’s finest Par­a­lympians line up in Rio

Cycling Weekly - - Paralympics Preview - Richard Abra­ham

Septem­ber 8-17

he pres­sure is on for Great Bri­tain’s para-cy­clists as they head to Rio for the Par­a­lympic Games next month. Not only do they have to fol­low on from the sen­sa­tional per­for­mance of GB’S Olympic riders but also the bench­mark of Lon­don 2012, where GB fin­ished top of the para-cy­cling medal ta­ble, looms large.

That haul of 22 medals in Lon­don 2012, eight of them gold, put them first in the medal ta­ble, well ahead of the USA, China and Aus­tralia. How­ever, re­turn­ing to Brazil is the woman who won four of them: Dame Sarah Storey, who could ce­ment her place as the most dec­o­rated Bri­tish Par­a­lympian with an­other gold.

Rio comes 24 years af­ter 37-year-old Storey’s first Games, when she com­peted in swim­ming in Barcelona. The team’s other elder states­per­son is Jody Cundy (be­low), whose dream of gold in the C4/5 men’s kilo was smashed by an ap­par­ently faulty start gate and a dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion. The vet­eran of five Games has de­scribed ‘gate-gate’ as “un­fin­ished busi­ness”; Rio of­fers him the per­fect chance to put those demons to bed and win his sixth Par­a­lympic gold.

FRI­DAY SEPTEM­BER 9 Ses­sion one: 14:00-14:48 Women’s 1000m time trial fi­nal, B 14:50-15:22 Men’s in­di­vid­ual pur­suit qual­i­fy­ing, C1 15:34-16:13 Men’s in­di­vid­ual pur­suit qual­i­fy­ing, C2 16:13-16:53 Men’s in­di­vid­ual pur­suit qual­i­fy­ing, C3 Ses­sion two: 20:30-21:57 Men’s 1000m time trial fi­nal, C4-5 21:58-22:13 Men’s in­di­vid­ual pur­suit fi­nal, C1 22:25-22:40 Men’s in­di­vid­ual pur­suit fi­nal, C2 22:52-23:07 Men’s in­di­vid­ual pur­suit fi­nal, C3

SATUR­DAY SEPTEM­BER 10 Ses­sion one: 14:00-14:36 Women’s 500m time trial fi­nal, C1-3 14:38-15:38 Men’s in­di­vid­ual pur­suit qual­i­fy­ing, C4 15:50-16:42 Men’s in­di­vid­ual pur­suit qual­i­fy­ing, C5 Ses­sion two: 20:30-21:54 Men’s 1000m time trial fi­nal, C1-3 21:54-22:39 Women’s 500m time trial fi­nal, C4-5 22:49-23:04 Men’s in­di­vid­ual pur­suit fi­nal, C4 23:15-23:30 Men’s in­di­vid­ual pur­suit fi­nal, C5

SUN­DAY SEPTEM­BER 11 Ses­sion one: 14:00-14:45 Women’s in­di­vid­ual pur­suit qual­i­fy­ing, B 14:47-15:32 Mixed team sprint qual­i­fy­ing, C1-5 15:34-16:28 Men’s 1000m time trial fi­nal, B 16:30-16:45 Women’s in­di­vid­ual pur­suit qual­i­fy­ing, B 16:57-17:06 Mixed team sprint fi­nal, C1-5

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