WAIS hand-cyclist Nigel Barley has given his Paralympic
preparations a huge boost after taking out the UCI World Cup Time Trial gold
medal in Spain recently.
Barley’s tour started back at the end of May with a World
Cup event in Italy, where he recorded two top ten finishes in the Time Trial
(fourth) and Road Race (sixth)
A week later the London Paralympic bound athlete was in
Switzerland for a round of European Handcycling Tour, where he finishing third
behind current World Champion Jeannott from France and Wilk from Poland. While Barley
and his coach Jenni Banks were happy with the improvement, his best was yet to
As a part of the International Paracycling Tour, Barley
then raced in France and continued to improve, beating Jeannott in the Time
Trial and finishing second behind him in the Road Race.
Barley’s final event of a long tour was the World Cup
event in Spain. The field of riders was as strong as anticipated Barley will
face on the Paralympic course in London in September. Barley showed he will be
in peak podium condition for London, putting in his best performance of the
tour, taking out the Time Trial at an average speed of 41.62km per hour ahead
of the top three ranked riders in the World.
Barley’s time-trial gold was followed up by a fourth
place finish in the men’s road race, capping off a fantastic World Cup campaign
in Spain, as he now finalises his preparations for London back home in Perth.
- Wheelchair Sports WA