SEPTEMBER 13 - BRITAIN'S team are on top of the world at the end of the track racing programme at the UCI/IPC Paralympic World Cycling Championships in Agile, Switzerland.
Anthony Kappes and his pilot Barney Story (pictured) added gold in the visually-impaired tandem sprint to their kilometre gold earlier in the championships, beating the Aussie pair of Ben Demery and Shaun Hopkins into second place. It left Britain top of the medals table after three days of track cycling with seven golds and two bronzes.
“It was less nerve wracking than the kilometre,” said Kappes. “We do lots of 200m efforts in training and the important part of the 200 are the lead-in laps, and that’s our bread and butter work. So after that, the only issue is whether Barney can keep the tandem on the track. Because Barney’s a capable pilot, he can, and that’s why we won.”
Storey added: “I couldn’t have hoped for more from these championships.”
Swimmer turned cyclist Sarah Bailey added to the GB medal tally in Switzerland by winning bronze in the women’s LC1 500m time trial. She took two seconds off her personal best with a time of 39.678.
Bailey, who was beaten by China’s Ju Fang Zhous (gold) and Feng Zhen An (silver), has already won gold in the pursuit in Aigle.
“This is a fun event for me where there’s no pressure,” said Bailey. “The Chinese girls are specialist sprinters who have a really strong start out of the saddle round the first two bends.
“I’ve got a lot to work on for this event and it’s nice to have it as a distraction in training. Sometimes if the pursuit isn’t going well, you can just get into some 500 work and freshen yourself up a little.”
But Britain’s team sprinters – Jody Cundy, Mark Bristow and Darren Kenny - missed out on the medals when they were disqualified.