It was a day for development at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Cascais, with Alex Brooke-Turner and Luke Jones both making their world championship debut for Great Britain with Paris 2024 in mind.
Brooke-Turner took to the start ramp in the men’s H4 time trial earlier today, completing the 25.2km course in 39:03.37 to finish in tenth place, just three minutes and 36 seconds off the gold medal ride by Jetze Plat from the Netherlands. In the men’s H3 time trial, Luke Jones finished in 18th place having posted a time of 41:41.70 which was three minutes and 42 seconds off the gold medal ride in his race category, which was won by the Italian rider Paolo Cecchetto.
Summing up his experience so far, Brooke-Turner said: “It’s been incredible. So far, I’ve been to world cups as an independent rider, but it makes a difference being with the team and getting the full support, it’s just amazing. Today was a tough race, I wasn’t expecting a top ten at my first worlds, so I’m thrilled with it, really pleased.
“The wind was always going to play a big part, it’s not been as windy today as it has been, which worked for me being quite a light rider and I just loved it.”
The competition resumes tomorrow with the C1 – C5 and B road races for both men and women.