Previous disappointments help inspire Bury cyclist to victory

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Bury St Edmunds’ Brian Aldiss admits the disappointment of years gone by was ringing in his ears as he crossed the line first in this year’s Prudential RideLondon Handcycle Classic.

Prudential RideLondon is a two-day festival of cycling that sees thousands of amateur cyclists take to the closed streets of London as well as some of the world’s best elite riders.

Aldiss has found himself third and second in the last two Handcycle Classics and came into this year’s 15-mile race from Kingston to The Mall on Sunday with the determination to finish the day on top.

And he was not to be disappointed as he built up a strong lead to finish the course in 40.28 minutes – Steven Arnold his nearest rival finishing in 42.39.

And the 29-year-old says it was the thought of winning again that drove him to success this time around.

Aldiss said: “It’s an amazing race and I’m really pleased that I was finally able to get my win.”

“I got dropped out last year with three miles to go so I was determined this year to either break away at the start or not be with a group at three miles.

“I went from the start and really pushed myself all the way, it’s nice to get the win and it’s a really well organised race.

“I was nervous, I didn’t really sleep very well thinking about the race, thinking about where I could attack from.

“Last year I got caught with two miles to go, I didn’t want it to come down to a sprint this year, I wanted to do it on my own.

“As soon as I got about 200 metres I knew I had it, so I could start smiling.”

RideLondon attracts the world’s biggest cycling stars including the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins, Laura Trott and Mark Cavendish and Aldiss says the chance to be part of the same event is a dream come true.

“It’s amazing. The race is getting bigger and bigger, it’s such a privilege to be racing on closed roads in London,” he added.

“I’ve done the London Marathon for years and it’s nice to be able to do it now on a hand-bike. Going through a speed camera doing over 30mph in Camden is great fun!

“I love RideLondon and hopefully I’ll be back again next year to defend my title.”

Prudential RideLondon is the world’s largest festival of cycling. Prudential is proud to support people’s ambitions. Visit www.pru.co.uk/ambitions