Brian has one eye on Rio after defending his title

PARALYMPIC DREAM: Handcyclist Brian Alldis with his gold medal after defending his national road race title
PARALYMPIC DREAM: Handcyclist Brian Alldis with his gold medal after defending his national road race title
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Paralympic handcyclist Brian Alldis has one eye on the 2016 Paralympics in Rio after successfully defending his national road race crown at the weekend.

Alldis, from Creeting St Mary near Needham Market, retained the title on the one kilometre circuit at Hillingdon.

The 29-year-old has some big races on the horizon as he looks to prove his Paralympic credentials for next year.

The West Suffolk Wheelers and Triathlon Club member will compete in both Italy and Prague next month before looking to reclaim his time trial national title in October.

Alldis said: “I’ve done Beijing but now my dream is both Rio and Tokyo. I’ve got some big races coming up where I will be looking for a top-ten place, possibly even the podium.

“It’s always a challenge racing abroad but I feel I’ve closed the gap recently. If I do well it enhances my Paralympic chances, but there are still a lot more races next year.”

On his forthcoming race in Italy, which will be held on the Formula One track at Monza, Alldis said: “It’s going to be very exciting as I’ve never raced around Monza before.

“At least I know the surface will be flat and that there will be no potholes.”

Alldis’ latest success saw him attack his rivals from the start, lapping all of his competitors other than second to fourth spots by just under 100 metres.

A delighted Alldis said: “I’m really pleased to have won the title and to be able to race in my wowcustom West Suffolk Wheelers and Triathlon Club jersey with the British stripes.

“It means a lot to me wearing the jersey.”

Alldis is currently seeking sponsorship to help him compete and raise money for a new bike.

“I’m looking for funding, in the region of £7,000 for a new bike,” admitted Alldis.

He can be contacted through social media on Twitter or Facebook, or by visiting: www.gofundme.com/brianalldis