The Journey so far for this Blind Athlete…
Asked to trial by Para-Cycling Performance Director & Head Coach, Cycling Australia Peter Day in June 2017 for testing.
Partnered with Thomas Clarke a young Australian Track Sprinter based in South Australia.
A lot of Track Sprint Training later…
Brad Henderson and Pilot Thomas Clarke competed in the Para-Cycling Track Nationals in December 2017 taking out both the Tandem 1km time trial (four laps of the 250-meter velodrome) in 1.02.433 (62.43 seconds) and the Sprint title.
The fastest time recorded on Australian soil for the 1km.
And by virtue of their qualifying times - 2018 Commonwealth Games Team Long Squad selection.
From Nationals, Brad and Tom head to Rio to complete in the 2018 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships – the most important competition of the season. The best para-cyclists of the world are going to be in Rio de Janeiro between March 19th and 25th. Athletes from at least 30 countries will compete on speed and resistance trials at the Rio`s Velodrome.
Clarke, who had previously piloted bronze medalist Paul Kennedy, said he believed being "In sync on and off the bike'' was a big part of their success, while Henderson said for him, it was "having full faith in my pilot and giving it everything on race day."
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