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Throughout December we will be revealing Cycling Weekly‘s top 50 British riders of the year.

Today we have a gold-medal winning Paralympian and the cross-country national champion.


Jody Cundy?s time of 1-05.466 in the Paralympic kilometre competition in the LC2 class smashed his own world record by a staggering three seconds. His time was almost seven seconds better than the second-placed rider, Jiri Jezek of the Czech Republic.

And, when you look at the times recorded in the World Championship kilometre competition, you?ll see that Cundy?s times are approaching world class.

Like Rebecca Romero, Cundy came to cycling from another sport. He already had three Paralympic gold medals and a bronze from three Games competing as a swimmer. He switched to cycling in 2006 and won world titles at the first attempt.

Cundy teamed up with Mark Bristow and Darren Kenny to win the team sprint ahead of China, to make it two golds for Cundy.


But for a crash on the first lap of the cross-country mountain bike race, the 26-year-old from Malvern could have been on the podium in Beijing.

In the end he was seventh, but the crash delayed him and forced him to waste valuable energy.

He had reached the Olympics in great form and with his confidence buoyed by fourth place in the World Championships in Vale di Sole.

It will be interesting to see where his career takes him next. He?s the national cross-country champion and is consistently well-placed in World Cup events, but it could be he switches to the road.

Dave Brailsford revealed the Killeen had done some physiological tests in Manchester and has the make-up of a fine stage racer.

December 8: No. 36 David Millar and 35 Ian Stannard
December 7: No. 38 Daniel Fleeman and 37 Matt Crampton
December 6: No. 40 Jessica Allen and 39 Daniel Lloyd
December 5: No. 42 David Daniell and 41 Dean Downing
December 4: No. 44 Steve Peat and 43 Anna Blyth
December 3: No. 46 Jonny Bellis and 45 Jess Varnish
December 2: No. 48 Luke Rowe and 47 Michael Hutchinson
December 1: No. 50 Katie Colclough and 49 Chris Froome

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