Bingo Little & I had a great time at the Newport International Paracycling Cup this weekend. We saw all the tandem sprints, men's kilo and Scratch races, and women's Individual Pursuits, and met a ton of lovely people while watching superb racing. Here are my photos from the day, and I've blogged about the day too.
There are still no dates for any Para-cycling Track World Championships or World Cups on the calendar for 2014 - there haven't been any since before the 2012 Paralympics. Read comments about the state of Para-cycling from superstars Jody Cundy and Sarah Storey, on the BBC Sport Website, including...
"We've gone from the absolute pinnacle of sport that we could ever imagine to almost the dark ages," said Cundy, who is among those participating at this weekend's three-day Newport International Cup meeting. "We've gone from one extreme to the other."
"The legacy of the London Paralympics was huge within the UK," she said. "But the impact around the world clearly hasn't been as great as we'd hoped, because no-one's come forward to host these events."
The 36-year-old also says the lack of communication from the UCI has made life difficult for many track para-cyclists. "We're not talking about full-time athletes who can suddenly drop everything and travel somewhere," she said. "Many have jobs, and they need to be able to plan their leave around the events. "