Bury St Edmunds handcyclist Brian Alldis has shown he is in good shape for this year’s competitions in Europe by winning British Cycling’s Hillingdon Circuit Road Race on Sunday.
The Suffolk County Council worker started the one-hour race of the one-mile circuit by breaking away and almost lapping the field from second place.
Alldis, who missed out on the Paralympic Games in London after switching from wheelchair track racing to handcycling in the build-up, took part in his first road race of the year in Rosenau, France.
It was also his first race as a British Cycling-funded athlete and was going well, at one point in third place from seventh on the grid, until one of the riders in front crashed, causing him to come to a stop and lose the pack, eventally finishing in 13th, which was an improvement on last year’s result.
Last Thursday’s first West Suffolk Wheeler Time Trial of the year, the Livermere Time Trial, saw Alldis finish ninth in a time of 15 minutes and 50 seconds, in one of his coldest and hardest time trials.