Jody Cundy MBE sets world record en route to double gold at Newport International Cup

Jody Cundy. Picture Roger Rawson photography.

Jody Cundy. Picture Roger Rawson photography. - Credit: Archant

Walpole St Andrew Para-cycling star Jody Cundy MBE claimed two golds and set a world record at the weekend.

The five time Paralympic and 11 time world champion won the C4 para-cycling kilometre event at the Newport International Cup meeting in 1.04.97, becoming the first man to break the 65 second barrier.

A few hours later, Cundy claimed gold in the final event of the competition, the C4 and C5 10km scratch race.

He said: “To be honest I was really surprised with the world record. I’ve been moving house so my training has been affected but when I have been able to train I’ve trained hard.

“To get the gold and world record then a few hours later to win the Scratch event was great.”

The event was the first major Para-cycling track competition since last summer’s London Paralympics.

Cycling’s world governing body, the UCI, has not confirmed any major track meetings before the next Paralympics in Rio in 2016.

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Cundy said: “It is absurd that there are no competitions set in the calendar. All I can do is highlight this, train hard and hope the authorities deliver on their promises for new events.

“We need to rebuild the sport and trying to get it back to where it was at those heights in London. We’ve gone from one extreme to the other.

“You’ve also got the problem that all the guys we did inspire have got no races to test themselves against the best in the world and see how much they need to improve.”