Thorpe Satchville para-cyclist Simon Price targets crucial World Cup event

Simon Price EMN-151006-114129002
Simon Price EMN-151006-114129002
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International para-cyclist Simon Price is looking for a big performance this weekend as he targets a place in Britain’s World Championship squad.

Price is in the middle of back-to-back World Cup events and following two top seven finishes in Italy last weekend, headed straight to Switzerland for the next round.

Simon Price shadows Maurice Eckhard Tio, one of the very best in the C2 EMN-151006-114140002

Simon Price shadows Maurice Eckhard Tio, one of the very best in the C2 EMN-151006-114140002

While the Thorpe Satchville rider was prepared to accept the time trial course in Maniago did not suit his strengths, Price realises there is more at stake this weekend.

The Swiss World Cup event could have a strong bearing not only on selection for the Worlds, but also the Rio Paralympics.

He said: “The time trial course last weekend was more draggy. The last 5km gradually gained in elevation and this suited the guys using two pedals.

“I was slightly disappointed with seventh, but the data says I did a solid performance.

“We understand Yverdon Les Bains should be a faster out-and-back course and so I should get a truer benchmark or where I am.”

Price’s successful cycling career looked over when he lost the use of his left leg in a road accident while out on a training ride in 1997.

But in 2010, para-cycling gave him a way back into the sport he loves and offered tempting new goals to fulfil.

He won a bronze medal at the world championships in 2011, but was surprisingly left out of the British squad for the biannual showpiece two years ago, despite winning World Cup gold.

The squad for the 2015 world championships, also in Switzerland, in late July, will be announced shortly after the Swiss round of the World Cup series.

Simon knows his performances in Sunday’s time trial and the road race on Tuesday will come under serious scrutiny.

“We have recce’d the courses over the last two days and they are both very tough and should make for some interesting racing,” he added.

“It’s a massively important race.”

The road race has traditionally been Price’s stronger suit, but victory at last October’s National Time Trial Championships, fuelled by his world championships rejection, forced him and British Cycling coach Paul Dring into a rethink.

The new approach helped Price to finish third and second in European time trial events in Italy in the spring, closing the gap to within 10 seconds of victory in both.

He said: “We’ve put a lot of emphasis on the time trial and most of the training has been tailored to suit that.

“After winning the national title, we believed I had closed the gap and would be podium competitive.

“This was certainly the case in the two Italy C1s where I pushed some of the best C2 riders in the discipline very close.”