Shaun McKeown and Mark Colbourne were singled out for praise from national coach Chris Furber after Great Britain returned from the Para-Cycling Road World Cup in Segovia, Spain, with eight medals.
McKeown, who won pursuit silver at the World Track Championships in March, claimed his first World Cup gold with a storming ride in the men’s C3 time trial, while Colbourne marked his World Cup debut with bronze in the C1 time trial.
The British team picked up 10 medals at the first round of the World Cup series in Sydney in May and, with vital London 2012 qualification points at stake, Furber insists the team are not resting on their laurels ahead of the final round of the series in Canada.
“With all European nations fielding strong teams, the Segovia World Cup was always going to be a tough competition but we managed to take respectable eight medals against a world class field,” said Furber.
“Our most experienced road riders delivered and we are particularly pleased with performances from our new talent, including Shaun McKeown’s brilliant TT win and Mark Colbourne’s impressive World Cup debut for the team.
“We missed out on a few qualification points this weekend and we will be looking to claw them back at the final round of the World Cup in Canada next month.”
Double Paralympic champion David Stone led the Great Britain haul with gold and silver in the men’s T2 time trial, storming to victory by more than one minute, and road race respectively.
Paralympic time trial champion Rachel Morris won gold in the women’s H3 road race along with silver in the H3 time trial, with Karen Darke picking up a pair of silver medals in the women’s H2 time trial and road race.
But a crash in the women’s tandem road race left pilot Fiona Turnham with a broken collarbone and stitches to her chin, while another spill in the men’s road race resulted in Russ White finishing outside of qualification points.