Jody Cundy has criticised the lack of notice for the Championships ©Getty Images

Seven-time Paralympic champion Jody Cundy has claimed it is "a joke" that athletes have only seven weeks to prepare for the 2017 International Cycling Union (UCI) Para-Cycling Track World Championships.

The UCI announced yesterday that Los Angeles would stage the event from March 2 to 5 in the VELO Sports Center in Carson.

It will take place a week after the fourth and final round of the UCI Track World Cup at the same venue, with the proximity of the two events aimed at reducing travelling costs for National Federations.

Cundy claimed the lack of notice could prevent numerous cyclists from being able to attend the Championships.

"I know of athletes not going because it is too close for them to even get back on the track, while other nations are not going because they do not have the funding," the 38-year-old, who won two gold medals at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, told the BBC.

"I am not sure the message it sends to go to Los Angeles with half of the normal competitors.

"It takes away from the level of competition and makes it look Mickey Mouse."

UCI President Brian Cookson acknowledged concerns over the short time-frame for the athletes to prepare when announcing the Championships yesterday.

He claimed the Championships signified notable progress, however, with the event being held for the first time in a post-Paralympic Games season.

Dame Sarah Storey had previously claimed there was a lack of clarity over Para-cycling competitions ©Getty Images
Dame Sarah Storey had previously claimed there was a lack of clarity over Para-cycling competitions ©Getty Images

The UCI have expressed their desire to hold the Championships on an annual basis from now on, while they have pointed to their Para-cycling Road World Championships taking place in a Paralympic year for the first time in 2020 as another sign of progress.

There was no event held in either 2012 or in 2016, but Oostende in Belgium will host the competition in 2020.

The governing body had initially been criticised in November by another British Para-cyclist, Dame Sarah Storey.

Storey, a 14-time Paralympic gold medallist, had claimed that there was a "lack of clarity" over the organisation of Para-cycling competitions.