September 4, 2008 – The training sessions have started a few days ago on the Laoshan Velodrome track in Beijing. Athletes and coaches surveyed had only positive comments about the venue. They were unanimous, the instalations are great and the track is very fast. In fact, some of them even predicted many news paralympics records, while the most optimistics were talking in terms of world records. Promising!
In light of the British domination during the Olympics, we can’t help but wonder if Great Britain’s team will be able to do as well in the para-cycling events in which their members will be competing. The challenge is quite big and the competition anounces itself pretty tough. Amongst the countries who will be ferociously fighting for the 21 paralympic titles at stake are Australia, Germany, Spain, China, Czech Republic and the United States.
In short, with only a few days left before the Paralympic Games’ official opening, the exaltation is at its highest and the expectations even higher given the huge success of its Olympic equivalent. We are convinced that para-cycling events will be just as incredible. The statistics are pointing towards the same direction with a record participation of 116 athletes from 29 different countries. Starting September 7th, they will take over the track, therefore kicking off the Paralympic Games’ 13th edition.