Para-cyclists get seven weeks’ notice for Worlds

Jody Cundy

Jody Cundy won two gold medals at the Rio Paralympics

Cycling’s governing body has given athletes seven weeks to prepare for the Para-Cycling Track World Championships, a decision described as “a joke” by British Paralympian Jody Cundy.

The championships will be in Los Angeles from 2-5 March.

Brian Cookson, president of governing body the UCI, said moving the event to a year after a Paralympics for the first time was “notable progress”.

But Cundy, 38, tweeted: “They expecting any riders to turn up?”

Some athletes are yet to return to full-intensity training after September’s Paralympics – something Cookson said the UCI was “conscious” of.

However, he insisted the event would “enable our athletes to benefit from an enriched calendar as the discipline continues to develop”.

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