Rik Waddon – the final push

Rik Waddon TT

It’s been nine weeks since the last UCI Paracycling world cup that took place in Italy and now just over a week until the second round out in Spain where I will be part of the Great Britain team after being selected a few weeks ago. This came as super news as this has been one of my targets for this year and to pull on a Great Britain team jersey means everything and its one step closer to our big target of the year!

Everything we have done this year has been aimed at being the best we can be in July/august as the next step in the program is to gain selection for the UCI Paracycling road world championships which takes place at the end of august in Greenville out in united states.

So after Italy it was pretty much straight back into training with some new and exciting editions to my program, it’s all been focused on pushing myself to new heights and applying new techniques with some old school thinking .my diet has taken a big shift this year with us looking at gaining the maximum out of everything that i am consuming which has benefited me not just in riding my bike but also my recovery because when top athletes refer to their training program it must also include your recovery, so when you say it’s a rest day it’s also part of the training and the overall preparation for your targets.

So with just one last push required for this season I am really looking forward to the challenges over the next few weeks, It’s been a busy long season with my calendar pretty much full from day to day with training and the school visits for Sky Sports that I do to try and inspire and mentor the next generation of young people.

There hasn’t been much racing this season but that’s because the races i have done have had to be for a purpose, it’s been a case of hand picking events and targeting them instead of racing week in week out and not getting anything from it and this second part to my season has all been based around that formula.

So now just over 2 years away from the Rio 2016 Paralympic games it’s a good time to evaluate where you are with everything and to see if what you have done over the past 2 years is all on track to put yourself in that shop window when it comes to selection for the Paralympics in 2 years time!

Rik…

Rik’s Mid season update

Well here we are at the mid season point of my program. The progress so far has gone to right to plan. Three weeks ago i wrapped up the RTTC Rudy project series with four wins out of four, the objective of these events was to use them as time based targets which we hit at every event more so the last event in the lake district where i produced a big PB which set me up nicely for the next event which was the UCI Paracycling road world cup that took place in Italy two weekends ago.

So the morning after the final Rudy project series took place I was on a flight to Pisa Italy for my team ParaT Paracycling team where I was also supported by the GB Paracycling team which was great to have.

Once there i had a few days training and sussing out the courses for the 30km time trial and the 81km road race. The weather was set to be good the whole time so it was one less thing a had to factor into my preperations.The support I had from the GB team was great and the whole team moral was on top form.

So race day came for the 30km time trial on Friday the 9th may where i executed the race pretty much as i have done with all my races so far this season, you never change a lot on the day of a event, just try to keep it as simple as possible because its only a bike race at the end of the day weather it’s at home or aboard. I was so chuffed to finish in the top five more so as it was probably my best top five finish ever getting within only 37 seconds of first place given me a really good bench mark to close in on.

The road race was 48 hours later which didn’t turn out the way I wanted it too with a flat tyre with 20km to go which is just one of them things. I chased so hard but was unable to get back to the bunch and had to settle for 15th in the end.

So I arrived back on Monday the 12th may and have had a easy weeks rest, or a mid season break as I had planned last November. So now the second part of my season is hopefully going to build me into the UCI Paracycling road world championship should I be selected by the GB team.

It’s been my focus since coming out of London in 2012. I knew it would take me around 15 months to go from track sprinter to road endurance rider and now things are starting to pay off, everything you do in your training is geared towards one or two points in your season and now i am in the final part of this process, i had to change so much after London and there are never any guarantees that it will work, but you can only try and hope it will work out.

Since the age of 14 my passion and hunger has been for road time trialling. After London 2012 i sat down i said to myself it’s now or never, i have two silver medals from track event at two Paralympic games. Don’t get me wrong it has been a great experience to get them medals but it’s been in events that were not really my passion so my plan from London was to get to the 2016 Paralympics in Rio and get gold in a event that I eat sleep and breath, that being the road time trial, my target on the way there is to become the UCI Paracycling road time trial world champion and right now i am closer than i have ever been, so for me now it’s just a case of carrying through the processes that i have planned.

National Track Championships – Manchester 2013

Today marks the start of the National Track Championships at the Manchester Velodrome. Over the next 4 days athletes from Para-T will ride for the chance to become national champion.

Day 1 Rik Waddon (C3), and new additions to the team Rhiannon Henry (VI) and Thomas Young (C3) all ride in the 1km TT.
Day 2 Jody Cundy (C4) takes on the Open 1km TT, while Rhiannon and Thomas ride in Flying 200m TT
Day 3 Rik Waddon, Rhiannon Henry, Thomas Young, and Jody Cundy all take the challenge of the Pursuit.
Day 4 Jody Cundy races in the Open Sprint Competition.

Men's Keirin - British National Championships Day 3

Jody Cundy in action at last years National Championships

Unfortunately the team will be missing multiple Paralympic champion Darren Kenny who has had to withdraw due to injury, and Mark Colbourne who announced his retirement last month.

For up to date results and reports follow the Para-T twitter feed and the British Cycling race feed

Good Luck to all.

Simon’s Update

Simon’s been busy racing at the Darley moor for the last few weekends and has made it to the bunch sprint on both occasions. Certainly look like he’s in the thick of the action in this picture he sent in. Narrowly avoiding the rider hitting the deck. We look forward to hearing more updates from Simon as his season picks up.

simon

Rik’s Unlucky Start

Rik Waddon’s start to the 2013 race season hasn’t been what he’d been hoping for. With his first race of the year at Round 1 of the National Time Trial series cancelled due to the snow and wintery conditions, it was off to Round 2 in Wymeswold Leicestershire. Once again bad luck was to strike again, as Rik punctured with just 3miles to go, and was an innocent spectator as Colin Lynch went on to take the victory from Shaun McKeown and Nicholas Fairfield. The series moves to Swaffham on May 5th for Round 3. Hopefully Rik’s luck improves in Norfolk.

Website Under Construction

As you may of seen recently the website hasn’t been working as it should. Unfortunately when shifting servers the database file was inadvertently deleted, and stupidly there was no back up. So here we are back to square one. Fingers crossed over the next few weeks the site will begin to take shape, and we’ll keep you posted on Para-T’s progress.

 

Thanks for your patience

 

From all involved with Para-T