UCI Cycling World Championships stokes Olympic and Paralympic fire (Image: REUTERS) British Cycling performance director Stephen Park says the nation’s searing success at the UCI World Championships has ‘stoked the fire’ for Olympic and Paralympic preparation.
With one year to go until the Games in Paris, the hosts dominated on the world stage in Glasgow, topping both cycling and para-cycling tables with 66 medals including 34 world titles.
The World Championships were a landmark moment for cycling across the globe as 13 disciplines combined, including para-cycling, mountain bike and BMX, making it the largest competition in the sport’s history.
British Cycling inspired a generation over 10 days as Emma Finucane, Beth Shriever and Fin Graham were just some of the country’s cycling stars to reap the rewards from the Championships on home soil.
Park said: “The performances we’ve had within this Championship are unparalleled and significantly in excess of the performances we’ve had before.
“We’re confident that we will deliver great results at the Olympics and the Paralympics and there is no doubt that this event has helped stoke the fire of those riders who are looking to start ramping up their campaigns for next summer’s Games.
“Last year was our best year in terms of medals in Olympic and Paralympic disciplines and we’ve really smashed it this year so that bodes really well for us.“We’ve succeeded in far more events at this World Championships than we thought we would do even though we knew we would be competitive in every discipline.“The aim for […]