Paralympic champion Neil Fachie plus newcomer Sophie Thornhill were one of the winners on day one of the Paracycling International Cup.

Fachie and pilot Craig Maclean won the mens tandem kilo, clocking one minute several. 199 seconds, beating Matthew Ellis and Ieuan Williams to gold in Newport.

Thornhill and the girl pilot Rachel James, sister of world champion Becky, were impressive winners of the women’s kilo.

These people finished in 1: 09. 446 – just short of the world report of 1: 08. 714.

“That has been so hard but I’m really happy with the time, ” Thornhill said. “That was world record pace until about half a lap to go so we were a bit disappointed not to obtain that. We’re still really, actually happy with the time. “

Aileen McGlynn and Fiona Duncan took silver precious metal, with Dutch pair Larissa Klassen and Kim van Dijk in bronze.

There was also a gold for that GB trio of Crystal Street, Shaun McKeown and Jon-Allan Butterworth in the team sprint, while the Para-T squad of Darren Kenny, Rik Waddon and Jody Cundy earned silver.