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SWAPPING SKIS FOR A TANDEM
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GB's golden Paralympic girls are training on a tandem to tackle the Yorkshire 2019 Para-cycling International in September.

 

 

Menna Fitzpatrick and Captain Jen Kehoe won four medals, including a gold, at the Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang in 2018.

And now they are hoping to add to their sporting success as a pair.

"When we're skiing, we're not attached in any way," 21-year-old Fitzpatrick, who has only 3% vision, told BBC Sport.

"So to then suddenly go from not being attached to attached on a tandem, with no control, is a little strange, but it's good fun.

"It's a completely different feeling on a bike. I don't have control, I can't put the brakes on."

See more here on the BBC.

They are GB's most decorated paralympians.

See our report when they took gold in Pyeongchang:

Jen Kehoe & Menna FitzpatrickKehoe and Fitzpatrick with their gold medals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The race in September covers 106.2km from Beverley to Harrogate.

"The one thing that is going to be really different is the length of time we're cycling for," Kehoe says.

"In skiing, we're training for four hours up in the mountains but you do relatively short efforts.

"The communication is quite similar in a way; we need to talk when we're stopping, talk when we're starting, talk when we're going round a bend.

"The difference is that they are slightly unusual commands, like there have a been a few low branches so it's 'duck!' or 'dog!' - you don't get that on skis very much."

The tandem girlsThe tandem girls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And how are they expected to do?

"Completing the race" is the main aim, according to Fitzpatrick.

Lets hope they'll be juming for joy again.

Paralympics VI slalom podiumParalympics VI slalom podium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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