Jody Alan Cundy MBE is an English cyclist and former swimmer. He has represented Great Britain at five Summer Paralympics winning five gold medals across swimming and cycling events.
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My Short Bio: Hi Reddit! I'm a Paralympian on the GB cycling team and was last week selected for my 6th Paralympic Games in Rio. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to let the public in to find out about me and the life of an elite athlete on the GB team. I'll also be on Facebook Live from 7pm (BST) via my Fan Page at
My girlfriend will be helping with my replies while I'm on FacebookLive feed
My Proof: http://imgur.com/ODnDcNJ,
Thanks everyone for stopping by and asking questions.
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What kind of training did you need to do for the games?
A mixture of road track and gym based work. Depending on how long to competition depends on the focus. With 70ish days to the games things are starting to get more specific to the event. Namely the 1km TT
What was it like competing in both the pool and on the track? What made you decide to focus on Cycling as a sole sport in the end?
Good luck in Rio!
Pretty cool to be fair. It's always an honour to represent your country at anything so to do it in 2 sports is pretty special. I ended up switching to cycling, as I was at the end of my swimming Career, I'd been to 3 paralympics, won multiple world european and paralympic medals, and once I started getting into the cycling I had all the feelings I had as a teenager when I was getting to grips with swimming. That enjoyment factor swung it for me and I hung up my goggles in 2006
Thanks for the reply. Can't wait to cheer you on in Rio.
No worries, hopefully I'll get a bit further in the Kilo this time!
Hey Jody, how does the clip system/strap system on the artificial leg work for cycling, especially track? Is it the same as normal or is it some sort of highly specialized device that is purpose built?
So the cleat system that we use is the same as the bottom of our shoes, it just clips in the pedal exactly the same as normal.
For the leg apart of it, I have an Ossur seal in system that uses a valve to keep my leg on my leg, if you know what I mean.
How many para-cyclists do you know on zwift do you think there should be a zwift para-cycling facebook group and how many strava follow requests do you have outstanding ?
Quite a few outstanding and never sure if I should approve a lot I don't know as friends have been robbed who have left their GPS on, theres about 5 or 10 of us on zwift at the moment, lots of them on my team Para-T but I haven't seen many from other countries so it'd be nice to have a group but for now I think it would be pretty small. But yeah I'd be up for that.
That type that fits right over the remaining leg and uses friction to stay in place?
It uses a vacuum, so when I put the leg on the seals push out the air from the socket and that keep it in contact with my leg
Have you climbed Sa Calobra in Majorca and do you find climbing difficult / does it give you any stump problems / pain ?
Yes, many times but not for a few years as the hotels I have been at recently were a bit far away. The best bit at the top that loops around so you know you are pretty much at the top, loved it... lovely views up there! No, my legs are great no pain but very sweaty stuff in that Spanish heat!
i think for me it's a remain vote, as I can see the pluses for both, although I think if we do leave we'll do more damage in the short term, and I'm not sure how long it would take to recover
What's up with the GB team as of late. If seems like things are falling apart in terms of selections and disgruntled team members, even today Dani voiced her frustration at not getting selected, and now Cav is being selected when there's better in form riders. On top of the whole Sutton saga this is hardly ideal preparation for Rio. After so many years of dominance, is the GB team starting to crack? And how much of this is attributed to the loss of Brailsford?
Good question, selections tend to surprise even riders on the team, I'm not sure what's going on, or who ultimately is responsible. There seems to be a lot of if your face doesn't fit going on and favours being handed out, but that would be me speculating rather than base on evidence.
I think Jon Dibbens injury so close to the games has ultimately meant Cav has got the call up for the Omnium, which when you look at the points race at worlds this year is a shame as he was properly world class there. As for Dani's non selection, I'm as surprised as anyone.
If there are things going on behind the scenes I've not seen anything.
I do know when it comes to appeals that you can only appeal the process, not the decision made.
Hope that helps, in general the riders are just as surprised, and are asking the same questions as the general public.
Well my calf on my good leg has always been pretty big, and when I started on the cycling team it got even bigger. The other adaptation according to our bio mech guys is my hip flexor which contributes to the pedalling and makes up the difference of what the my calf and ankle would be doing if I had them on my prosthetic side.
Do you ever get into any other disciplines of cycling outside your main ones? Any MTB, cyclocross, crit racing?
I started mountain biking last year, and find it a great way to get away from the day to day of cycling but still cycling. I'd like to take a few more risks with it, but can't at the moment as I don't think it would go down to well if I injure myself and can't ride my track bike