Brian Alldis has reflected on a ‘dream season’ as he aims to cement his top-10 world ranking place in this weekend’s season finale in Barcelona.
The 27-year-old Bury St Edmunds-based racer heads out to Castelldefels today ahead of this weekend’s double header on the back of promising season in the European Handcycling Circuit has seen Alldis continue his steady progression in the sport since switching from wheelchair racing a little over two-years ago.
And with one final outing ahead of him, Alldis, who competed at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, can’t quite believe the position he finds himself in after a surprisingly strong campaign.
“This year has been truly amazing and much better than I ever expected,” he said.
“For me, the standout moment was coming second in a road race in Italy a couple of months ago.
“I have genuinely surprised myself, results have improved dramatically and I’ve become stronger on the flat road races.
“Training has been going really well ahead of the final race so hopefully that will show in my performance.
“I’m now in the top 10 and everything is looking really good.
“Two years ago I didn’t finish one of the races so it shows how far I’ve come, it’s a real positive progression.
“I didn’t expect to be in the top-10 as early as this year.
“It has been a real push for me but it has been a dream season really.”
Despite having one more race weekend to navigate through, the former Hardwick Middle School pupil, who was honoured with a lifetime achievement award at Friday’s St Edmundsbury Sports Awards presented by Paralympic basketball player Caroline Maclean, has already turned his attention to challenging for a place at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro with qualification points up for grabs as of next year.
“This season has seen me improve my rankings which will help next year when I challenge for points ahead of Rio 2016,” he added.
“I can’t wait for next year now.
“It will be a long journey to get there but I’m ready for it.”