Brian Alldis is focused on winning Paralympic place

PARALYMPICS hopeful Brian Alldis is leaving no stone unturned as he bids to qualify for London 2012 this summer.

The 25-year-old from Bury St. Edmunds is hoping to qualify in the H3 Handcycling event and must consistently finish in the top-three in races leading up to the Games, to be considered for selection.

Alldis, who competed at the Beijing Games, before securing fifth in the Commonwealth Games in Delhi – in wheelchair racing – finished third in the first round of the British Handcycling Series, in Salt Ayre, 11 days ago, and first in his H3 classification.

Alldis, who will also be a torch bearer for this year’s Olympics, averaged a speed of 23.1mph in the race, about 4mph slower than his target for London, and then went on to finish 21st in the first round of the European Handcycling Series, in France at the weekend, averaging a speed of 22.9mph.

“I have cut down on the miles I have been cycling and have been doing a lot of lactic training which is designed to allow me to perform at a certain pace for longer,” said Alldis, who was born with a spinal condition called spina bifida and hydrocephalous

“That means pushing yourself from the start. When I began the training I was struggling after half an hour.

“I am now maintaining my levels for between 45-60 minutes which is amazing.

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“I have also been doing a lot of gym work and I have my own personal trainer, David Calver, from Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club.”

Following his meeting in France, Alldis – who pays for all his own travel – moves on to two meetings in Switzerland, Czech Republic and Italy. The season ends in Germany.

“This is the main competition the selectors look at,” said Aldiss, who is also preparing for the West Suffolk Wheelers’ time trials.

“It is quite hard to say how I will do. I have improved against the British cyclists but I need to win a couple of European events.”

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