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by Mark Zalewski
January 12, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Cam Meyer heads UniSA-Australia Tour Down Under lineup; Sarah Storey says UCI was warned about short notice for track championships; Albert responds to Mathieu van der Poel insult; Adri van der Poel responds to Neils Albert’s critcism; Stybar ready for 2017 season; British Cycling announces UCI Cyclocross World ; Paul Voss retires after not finding a new team; Patrick Gretsch announces retirement; Assen to host 2017 INAS world championships; Handcyclist versus fixie; Fixie in a winter wonderland.
British Paralympic champion Sarah Storey said that the UCI was warned that having the Paracycling track world championships with only seven weeks notice would likely affect attendance.
Dame Sarah Storey shows off yet another gold medal, this time for the women’s pursuit. Storey won gold in three events on the road and track, making her Great Britain’s most decorated paralympian, with 14 gold medals over seven Paralympics.
“All these things were posted to the UCI to advise them, but they decided to still go ahead,” she told the BBC. The short notice of the event to be held in Los Angeles will likely be costly for athletes who would have to book travel, in addition to other concerns.
“Some people may not even get a visa if they have the finance to travel. Some athletes work full-time and they need this time to re-bank favours with the boss. The frustrations being aired are quite right. It is just a shame.”
The track world championships have only been held the year after a Paralympic year once before, and there was no public indication before Tuesday that it would be the held this year, until the surprise announcement by the UCI. Storey said this is a result of a lack of structure of track cycling for parathletes.
“There is no current structure,” Storey said. “The whole of track cycling needs to be put on the map to allow track specialists to race. I’ve been on the commission for three years and every year, every meeting I ask when we are going to have track World Cups. When are we going to have a proper structure?”
Click through to read more at the BBC.