Wisbech born Paralympic cycling champion Jody Cundy reflects on topsy-turvy year
As 2010 comes to an end, it’s time to look back on what has been a bit of a strange year.
Starting in January, where a “warm weather camp” in Majorca - which ended up in snow - became a sign of the topsy-turvy year I was going to have.
By the time March came around, the World Championships in August had been cancelled and my training goals where turned on their head.
In Easter I had my first proper race of the season: The Herne Hill Good Friday Meet.
Unfortunately, once again, the rain brought a swift end to the racing, but hopefully 2011 will be luckier as the meet moves indoors to Manchester.
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Without the Worlds to prepare for, Ride Across Britain (RAB) was a perfect chance to keep the miles and legs going over the summer and also to help raise money for Paralympics GB.
Sharing the mileage with tandem pilot Barney Storey, the nine days from John O’Groats to Land’s End were some of the most enjoyable days I’ve ever spent on my bike.
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Even though I was soaked to the bone for the first three days in Scotland, the scenery made up for all the wetness and pain. And by the time we reached
Land’s End, the sun was shining and myself, along with 600 other cyclists, had completed 1000 miles and raised over �300,000.
With RAB done, it was back to the track to prepare for the National Track Championships and a potentially rearranged World Championships.
With all the miles on the road in the summer, my track legs really came to me and my training went really well.
The Nationals were filled with highs and lows - the highs being my New World Record in the Flying 200m and my first able-bodied podium in the Men’s Team Sprint and Team Pursuit.
The lows included becoming really ill after Day three and not being able to perform to the standard my training had been setting and losing out on an almost certain Gold medal in the Team Pursuit due to a crash.
October brought us final confirmation of the World Championships after many rumours and many cities had been mentioned. From March 11-13, the new velodrome in Montichiari in Italy will play host.
My training is in full swing now and I am working hard on retaining my World Championship titles in the 1KM Time Trial and Team Sprint, and also hopefully getting close to the podium in a new event for me, the 4KM Pursuit.
However, for the first time I wont be able to win the Kilo in a World Record time as it might hinder my chances to win in London due to the unconfirmed factoring rules that the UCI will be applying to the Paralympic Games in 2012.
All that leaves me to do is to wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Year and thank all my sponsors and supporters for their help and hard work and I look forward to your continued backing on my path to 2012.
I think that’s all from me, enjoy the remaining days of 2010 and I’ll see you in 2011.
PS: You can catch me on BBC 4 tonight at 8pm as I made a guest appearance at the Royal Institute Christmas Lectures.