Supporting Disabled and Paralympic Athletes
Great thanks to everyone at the Shane Alderman Trust. It has been a very busy start to the year with lots of training and the National track Championships in Manchester on the weekend of the 27th January at the Manchester Velodrome. I went into the race with some confidence as I knew I had done all the hard work and now have some experience of dealing with the pressure. Even when racing against Paralympic gold medallists.
My first race was a 1 km (Kilo). A hard race as it is a sprint all the way but too long to be able to push 100% throughout. I was happy with the result, coming 5th, less than a second behind one of our GB Rio Paralympic riders.
It was great to be racing in the same National Championships as Jason Kenny and Katie Archibald. The evening race was The Flying 200m- a 200m sprint, which took me to the podium for a bronze medal and less than 4 tenths of a second behind the gold.
Another personal best and that means another National Record registered for the C2 category.
The 3km Pursuit was my most important event. I outperformed my target time which moves me closer to my goal of reaching the GB rider who took gold in Rio. In this race 2 months ago he caught me – not this time. This was a big personal best for me.
Overall a great weekend, this year I will be competing in Italy, Belgium, Holland and Germany. So the support that you have given will really help. I am very proud to have the backing from the Shane Alderman trust throughout this busy yet exiting time.