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Video: From Iraq To The Track

Posted October 15 2010

UPDATE: Since the below announcement, both riders competed in their first international event for British Cycling. Tel Byrne won gold together with Rik Waddon and Jody Cundy in the team sprint, posting a time of 50.86, just three tenths of the world record. Jon Allan-Butterworth got silver in the C5 Kilo.

British Cycling has this week given Channel 4 News and the Daily Telegraph exclusive access to two incredible athletes on its Para-Cycling Development Programme.

Terry (Tel) Byrne and Jon-Allan Butterworth joined the Great Britain Para-Cycling Team via Battle Back, a scheme between Paralympics GB and the MOD which helps wounded service personnel return to an active life with the help of adventure training and sport.

Channel 4 News feature

Since then, the two athletes have shown a lot of potential and impressed their coaches by posting world records. Today they are competing in Great Britain colours for the first time at the Para-Cycling Europa Cup in Germany, a major stepping stone towards fulfilling their dream of going for gold at the 2012 London Paralympic Games.

Click on the links below to learn more about their journey from the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq to the boards of the Manchester Velodrome:

The Daily Telegraph | Channel 4 News

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