Cycling Weekly caught up with multiple Paralympic Games gold medalist and world champion Jody Cundy over the weekend at the Manchester Velodrome. He was there enjoying himself after winning tickets through Cycling Weekly‘s online competition which we ran last week.   

Cundy is Britain’s top paralympic sprinter, having won gold in the kilo and team sprint in Beijing. He won twenty-three international medals as a swimmer before switching to the bike in 2005.  

Last week’s competition saw Cundy winning two tickets. He told Cycling Weekly that as well as seeing some great racing he was finding the visit helpful for his mental preparation for the London 2012 Olympics.  

“I’m getting used to the atmosphere,” he said. “Its like I’m programming my brain. I’m thinking about what I’m going to be doing if I get to London – how its going to feel – and I’m storing it in my brain so that I know what I’m going to be doing…I won’t have to think about it and I can just concentrate on riding my bike as fast as possible.”

Cundy is preparing for the paralympic World Championships that will take place in Montechiari in Italy from March 11. He is preparing to ride a new event – the individual pursuit – alongside the kilo and team sprint.

He was particularly glad to make the event, as he had originally planned to spend the weekend in front of the event’s television coverage. “I’d struggled to get tickets,” he said. “My girlfriend’s mum is over from Germany and we entered it cause it’s pairs of tickets. We were going to watch it on TV, but now we’re all here, which is fantastic.”

The tickets were won through a Cycling Weekly online competition based around our Facebook group. Readers were automatically entered into a prize draw by liking Cycling Weekly‘s Facebook competition posting.