Yesterday, British Cycling announced the team selected to represent Great Britain at the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Montichiari, Italy in mid-March. The team includes Lora Turnham, Corrine Hall, Sophie Thornhil, Helen Scott, Kadeena Cox, Sally Hurst, Megan Giglia, Liz Saul, Crystal Lane, Sarah Storey, James Ball, Craig MacLean, Neil Fachie, Pete Mitchell, Stephen Bate, Adam Duggleby, Louis Rolfe, David Smith, Jaco Van Gass, Jody Cundy, and Jon-Allan Butterworth.
Great Britain’s para-cycling head coach Jon Norfolk was quoted by the British Paralympic Association as saying of the selection, “We have selected a really strong squad for the worlds and first and foremost we’ll be looking to bring home as many rainbow jerseys and medals as possible from the championships.
“However in a Paralympic year we can’t overlook the importance of scoring as many qualification points as possible so it’s a large squad that travels with a number of riders competing in a range of events as we look to secure the maximum amount of places we can for the Paralympic Games.
“There are also some new faces in the squad, like Kadeena Cox and James Ball, who will be competing at this level for the first time in their careers so it will be great to see how they fare against the world’s best riders.”
The team is stacked with experience. Many members of Great Britain’s team for the 2015 Para-cycling Track World Championships are part of this squad including Bate, Duggleby, Cundy, Fachie, Mitchell, Rolfe, van Gass, Giglia, Lane, Turnham, Thornhil, Scott and Storey. Many team members also have experience during last year’s World Cup circuit, with Turnham and pilot Hall, and Bate and pilot Duggleby having competed at last year’s event in Segovia, Spain. Duggleby, Cundy, Fachie, Bate and Giglia were also part of the team at last year’s Newport Para-cycling International. These races were all important parts of Great Britain’s qualification process for the 2016 Summer Paralympics.