After racing for the Great Britain Cycling Team as a junior alongside Mark Cavendish and Ed Clancy, Adam took a break from the sport to go to university. After graduation he continued to cycle competitively and picked up the biggest title of his career so far winning the scratch race at the British Cycling National Track Championships in 2012.
After being accepted onto British Cycling’s Paralympic Development Programme in 2013 with Steve Bate, they became British national road and time trial champions as well as winning the Tandem Tour of Holland in their first year together.
These early results were enough to see Adam and Steve selected for the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships where they finished sixth in the pursuit with a personal best of 4:27.299.
However it was on the road where they really started to make an impact finishing on the podium in the road race and the time trial at the first world cup of the season in Maniago in June 2015. They finished the year in fine fashion winning a gold medal in the time-trial at the final world cup of the year in Pietermaritzburg as well as picking up a bronze in the road race.
A golden 2016
With the best year of their career behind them attention turned to gaining selection for the Paralympic Games in Rio.
They began their season with the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Italy knocking a huge chunk of their personal best time and just missing out on a medal with a time of 4.16.555.
They were then selected for the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in Ostend in May where a bronze in the time-trial was enough to see the pairing selected for their first Paralympic Games.
In Rio they dominated the tandem endurance events, setting a new world record in qualifying to win gold in the tandem pursuit on the track, winning gold in the time-trial on the road before rounding off a magnificent 10 days by picking up a bronze medal in the road race.
On track for Tokyo
After some time off following their 2016 exploits Adam and Steve returned to training with one goal for 2017 - become world champions for the first time. They got their season off to a fantastic start, winning gold in the time trial at the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in Maniago, Italy. The pairs excellent form on the road continued at their second UCI Para-cycling Road Word Cup in Holland where they picked up bronze medals in the time trial and road race.
That earned a duo selection for the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, where they went in search of their first-ever world titles.
The pair won silver in the time trial, just missing out on gold by 3.66 seconds - a bittersweet result given they lost 25 seconds in the opening lap due to a mechanical. In the road race, despite a brave solo attack, they missed out on the medals in a bunch sprint for silver and bronze, finishing seventh.
|UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, Pietermaritzburg (South Africa)||Time trial||Silver|
|UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Emmen (Holland)||Time trial||Bronze|
|UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Emmen (Holland)||Road race||Bronze|
|UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Maniago (Italy)||Time trial||Gold|
|Paralympic Games, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)||Pursuit||Gold|
|Paralympic Games, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)||Time trial||Gold|
|Paralympic Games, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)||Road race||Bronze|
|UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Ostend (Belgium)||Time trial||Bronze|
|UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Pietermaritzburg (South Africa)||Time trial||Gold|
|UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Pietermaritzburg (South Africa)||Road race||Bronze|
|UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Maniago (Italy)||Road race||Silver|
|UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Maniago (Italy)||Time trial||Bronze|