Dual Gold for World champion Reid

World Champ: Dual world crowns for St George Cycling Club star Amanda Reid at the 2020 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships held in Canada. Picture: Casey Gibson
World Champ: Dual world crowns for St George Cycling Club star Amanda Reid at the 2020 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships held in Canada. Picture: Casey Gibson

St George Cycling Club star Amanda Reid helped the Australian Cycling Team finish third on the medal tally at the 2020 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships held in Milton, Canada, January 30 to February 2.

The dual Para Olympian and Indigenous athlete transferred to cycling after swimming in the 2012 London Paralympics.

Amanda Reid defended her 500m time trial title in sensational style by breaking her world record en route to dual rainbow jerseys. Reid stopped the clock in 39.035secs, half a second ahead of her own world mark (39.505) set at the 2019 World Championships in The Netherlands.

After the race, Reid dedicated her victory to her grandfather who passed away on the morning the team were scheduled to depart Australia.

"This race was one of the hardest races I've had to do; this race was for him," Reid said. "My first lap was fast, and I just had to hold on all the way to the end. The world record was just the icing on top of the cake after the last few weeks."

Reid then took victory in the scratch race to join Emily Petricola as a multiple rainbow jerseys winner in 2020.

The Australian Team's eight athletes won a total of eight gold, one silver and one bronze, with powerhouse China the only nation to win more gold with nine. Only China (21), Great Britain (14) and the USA (12) won more total medals.

Triple rainbows for Emily Petricola (VIC), dual crowns for Amanda Reid (NSW), and gold to Paige Greco (SA), David Nicholas (QLD) and Alistair Donohoe (VIC) highlighted the Championships.

"I am very pleased from the solid performances from the targeted group of athletes we selected," said Warren McDonald, Para-cycling Technical Director, Cycling Australia.

"To finish so high on the medal table, while competing against teams over twice our size, is a testament to the hard work and commitment from all our athletes and staff.

"While we recognise there is still work to be done, I am confident the athletes and the high-performance team behind them are on a trajectory for a successful campaign at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games."

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