Career high tainted slightly by selection snub

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Brian Alldis insists his second-place finish in the Prudential RideLondon Handcycle Classic ranks as high as anything else in his career.

The 28-year-old from Bury St Edmunds stormed across the finish line on The Mall to claim an impressive finish ahead of last year’s runner-up Heinz Frei of Switzerland, but just behind Austrian world champion Walter Ablinger.

Alldis was among a world-class field who took on the first ever Handcycle Classic, a 15-mile route starting in Kingston’s Ancient Market Place and racing past some of London’s iconic landmarks en-route to the finish.

He clocked a time of 40 minutes and 42 seconds and the former wheelchair racer, who competed at the Beijing 2008 Paralympics, admitted he was thrilled with his podium finish after battling off the challenge of Frei in an exciting sprint finish.

“It was fantastic, a really interesting race. I had a really strong start and broke away with Walter,” he said.

“But I got beaten by the stronger guy. No wonder he’s the world champion in the H3 classification.

“Walter was a well-deserved winner. I got caught with three miles to go so I just had to hold on for the sprint finish – and I held off a legend in Heinz Frei.

“It’s the second time I’ve beaten him now so I’m really happy. I was hoping for first but second’s good and I’m really happy.

“I definitely feel it was one of the best races of my career, but there is still plenty more to come.”

However, despite believing he is in top form, Alldis was left disappointed this week after discovering he had been left out of the Great Britain squad for the upcoming World Championships in Greenville at the end of this month.

“I’ve been told my previous time trials have let me down and they have only selected five riders,” he added.

“It is disappointing but I know I now need to knuckle down over the winter and try and impress again.

“It has given me a new target and determination. I have been focusing on the road race but now I need to get back to concentrating on the time trial.”

Alldis is also looking for further sponsorship to help enhance his racing endeavours. Anybody interested in doing so can contact him by via his website at www.alldis.co.uk.

n Prudential RideLondon took place on August 9-10. To find out more, visit prudentialridelondon.co.uk.