Scottish athlete Fiona Duncan is competing in the London 2012 Paralympics as pilot for blind cyclist Lora Turnham.
Liverpool born Turnham came to cycling in 2009 after starting out in athletics, but despite the late start, the pair won have had medal success in their first competitions together.
The progression continued in 2011 when, with Fiona Duncan as her tandem pilot, the pair won silver in the 3km pursuit at the Worlds in Italy after just six weeks together, and then gold on the road in the time trial at the World Cup in Spain in June of this year.
I must admit I am not familiar with the form book for all the athletes but it sounds like they have a good chance of success. I asked Fiona what the expectations were and she was modest, saying “We will do our best and see what happens”
Their main event is the 3km tandem pursuit and the road time trial.
Two of my most rewarding blog pieces from last year charted Andy Macleod’s story from MTB and trials enthusiast through his ordeal to his ‘comeback‘ with more zest than a Lapierre carbon all-mountain bike.
Andy had to keep it under wraps for a while but his nomination to carry the flame was successful and he will be proudly running on his carbon/titanium leg the Olympic flame in Forfar on 12 June. Big well done to Andy.
He is the master at throwing himself at a challenge, focusing on the positives and overcoming adversity. A quote from his facebook page: “Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one”
― Bruce Lee
The most interesting question for me was one I had asked Phil to ask: is the Chris Hoy twitter a genuine account and what are his plans for it? (Hoy doesn’t tweet currently) Apparently this is all being sorted out and he’ll be launching a new website and social media presence in the very near future, so watch this space. Exciting!
(image by Richard Parmiter from Flickr creative commons)
As well as being a cyclist, Phil Jones is a Director of the UK subsidiary of global technology manufacturer Brother, and is also a Director and Vice-President of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce representing over 5,300 NW businesses. Thanks for letting me repost some of the info.
Shots of Maclean’s track cycling as he trains for the Olympics are set against a voice-over of the epic story of Odysseus, along with a tense soundtrack. It’s maybe a bit over-dramatic but I’m all in favour of artistic or creative interpretations of sports footage. The film captures a contrast between long hours of punishing training to the short, explosive team sprint.
PS Craig Maclean is #8 on my Top 10 Scottish Cyclists of All Time.
PPS I never knew Craig played the drums.
I stumbled across this video of Chris Hoy winning his second of three gold medals in the keirin in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He utterly demolishes the opposition as he goes nearly 2 bike lengths clear with over a lap remaining.
The reaction of his family and friends as he pulls clear from the pack on the penultimate lap, and then the cut to the bagpipes after the finish has the hairs on my scalp standing up and a moisture in the eye.
Sir Chris Hoy returns to action in the British Track Nationals this weekend at the Manchester velodrome.
Sir Chris Hoy will head a strong Scottish contingent at the National Track Championships in Manchester from Tuesday, October 20 to Saturday, October 24. The 33-year-old has confirmed his intention to compete in the individual sprint and the Keirin and could also contest the team sprint as part of the Sky HD squad.
Hoy, who recently accused the BBC of ‘patronising’ the GB cycling team and treating cyclists like ‘performing monkeys’ on the night that he won the Sports Personality of the Year award, had a successful return from injury at a high-quality meeting in France two months ago.
Since then the triple Olympic gold medallist has focused on regaining full fitness and is looking forward to testing himself against domestic opposition before his first international outing of the new season.