Photo: McPhee and Modra
By Gennie Sheer
Four time Paralympic champion [& Kilkenny CC rider] Kieran Modra will begin his seventh Games campaign with a bid to defend his title in the 4km pursuit. On the front of the tandem will be Games debutant Scott McPhee with whom Modra set the world record last year in Italy. Compatriot Bryce Lindores, who claimed bronze in Beijing, will line up with pilot Sean Finning. Lindores, with McPhee on the front, won the event in Los Angeles this year.
Pursuit finals will be raced in the afternoon along with the finals of the men’s combined C1, 2 and 3 kilometre time trial in which Queensland’s David Nicholas will make his Games debut. The Proserpine resident was the silver medallist in the C3 time trial at the 2012 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Los Angeles.
On day two Nicholas will be back in action as the reigning C3 world champion in the 3km pursuit while fellow world champions Felicity Johnson and pilot Stephanie Morton begin their campaign. Johnson was the silver medallist in Beijing with previous pilot Katie Parker and this year with Morton set a world record to win the gold medal in the time trial at the world titles.
Saturday kicks off with the men’s tandem time trials where both Australian bikes (Modra/McPhee and Lindores/Finning) will be in action. World record holder and reigning World and Paralympic Champion, Michael Gallagher will race in the C5 pursuit and our single bike women will contest the time trials across two combined events. Paris and Kennedy in the and C1-2-3 500m time trial and Powell and Green in the combined C4-5 event.
The final day of track competition will feature tandem sprinting for the men, pursuit for the tandem women and a mixed team sprint with Australia represented by Sue Powell, David Nicholas and Michael Gallagher.