Norfolk: We must keep working hard ahead of UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships

Norfolk: We must keep working hard ahead of UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships

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Para-cycling head coach Jon Norfolk says Great Britain’s athletes cannot rest on their laurels if they are to have a successful UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in March.

Britain’s para-cyclists won 18 medals - six gold, four silver and eight bronze - with a superb display at the Newport Para-cycling International at the Wales National Velodrome.

And although happy with the overall performance of the team, Norfolk insists there is work to do ahead of the highpoint of the season in Apeldoorn, Netherlands.

“I think it has been a fairly mixed bag,” Norfolk said.

“I think there's a mixture of some people who have put some good hard work in and seen the culmination of that hard work, and there's also a few who have maybe got a bit of a reality check that it is not as easy as it was a year ago, two years ago.

“As quickly as they are developing the world is as well. It’s been a bit of a reality check and a good marker of what they need to do to keep ahead of the game.”

Great Britain topped medal table in cycling at the London 2012 Paralympics, winning 22 medals - 15 coming on the track.

The world championships from 26-29 March will offer Rio Paralympic qualifying points as well as benchmark for teams to measure themselves against the opposition.

“We’ve had an idea of potential to perform for the worlds, definitely,” Norfolk said.

“I've seen people produce some certain times in training, that's one thing. I've seen them step up to a platform, perform on the day with all the pressure and all the race-day distractions.

"You learn a lot about people at big events.”