Olympic skier sets sights on cycling success

Alain Baxter hopes to race in time trial at Commonwealth Games

Former Olympic skier Alain Baxter is hoping to compete at next year's Commonwealth Games – but this time on two wheels.

The 35-year-old Scot was stripped of his shock bronze medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics for taking a banned substance.

He is to make his competitive cycling debut in the 200m time trial at the Revolution track cycling event in Manchester next month. Then he would be in line for a possible Commonwealth Games slot next year.

Flu prevented Baxter from appearing at last month's national championships but he said yesterday that he was raring to go to Manchester.

"Revolution will be my first competitive race, so it's a bit like entering the unknown," he said. "But I'm really excited about it.

"I've been training hard at the sprints and was really disappointed about having to pull out of the nationals. This will be my first chance to discover how I measure up against the pros."

Baxter landed Britain's first ever Olympic Alpine skiing medal at the Salt Lake City Games but was stripped of the award after he tested positive for banned stimulant methamphetamine, which he took to counter a cold.

© AFP 2009

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