Report: GB Para-Cycling in Italy

Eamonn Deane Writes … Chasing points for London 2012 and looking for form ahead of the World Para-Cycling Championships in September.

Both were on the agenda for the Great Britain squad on their recent trip to Italy. First up was the Trofeo Comune Di Verolanuova a P1 event  at Brescia, east of Milan. The two day race consisted of road racing for all categories on Saturday and an 11km Time Trial on Sunday morning.

Torrential rain and thunder storms greeted the riders for the morning races but the skies soon cleared for the expected hot sunny weather. David Stone easily won the T2 road race. Cornering his trike skilfully in the wet conditions, Stone left the bunch behind and soloed to victory.

Darren Kenny worked hard to protect Rik Waddon, but the strong Italian squad outnumbered them and Waddon rode well for his third place. Hand cyclist Rachel Morris also had to contend with atrocious conditions but finished victorious, if more than a little wet.

Fellow hand cyclist Karen Darke was not so lucky. Her machine went missing on the outward flight and she was forced to sit out the racing. New squad members Simon Price and Mark Colbourne gained valuable experience from the weekends racing. Older hands Jody Cundy and Russ White were also in action.

David Stone.

Crystal Lane won the ladies C5 road race and looks to be an exciting prospect. Both Crystal and David Stone went on to win their respective time trials on Sunday, to win their classes overall, whilst Kenny rode strongly to win the C3 TT.

With the competition over, the squad moved north for a 7 day training camp in the hills around Trevesio. The warm sunshine and rolling terrain ensured a week of good quality work. A mix of steady road miles, tough climbs and some speed work behind the scooter. The riders will return to the UK for a week before heading out to Liege for the P1 Belgium Para-Cycling open.

The World Road championships in Roskilde, Denmark run from the 5th-12th September and the squad will be announced in early August.

Rick Waddon surrounded by Italians with Darren Kenny chasing in the background.

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