British para-cyclist Simon Price earns World Championship shot

Simon Price wears the Great Britaion vest in a World Cup road race Picture: Eamonn Deane EMN-150714-163536002
Simon Price wears the Great Britaion vest in a World Cup road race Picture: Eamonn Deane EMN-150714-163536002
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International para-cyclist Simon Price is determined to make up for lost time after earning a world Championship call-up.

The Thorpe Satchville rider earned his place in the British squad after a string of top six results at recent World Cup events in Italy and Switzerland.

The UCI Paracycling Road World Championships will take him back to Swiss terrain at the end of the month.

Price has fond memories of the event which gave him the proudest moment of his career in 2011 when he brought home the road race bronze medal from Denmark.

But the 45-year-old was denied the opportunity to improve on his medal tally when he was left out of the squad last time out.

He said: “It’s good to get the nod and get a chance to ride the biggest race of the year.

“I was probably expecting that call last time, and a couple of guys I beat at the Spanish World Cups went on to get podiums at the World Championships.

“But you have to move on from that and try and grab the next opportunity.

“Now I just have to focus on doing everything right over the coming weeks to get there in the best possible shape.”

Using the disappointment as an incentive to redouble his efforts in the saddle paid off.

Price - who rides in the C2 category - made the selectors sit up last year when he was crowned national time trial champion, traditionally his weaker event.

He joined the British Cycling Paralympic Academy Programme that autumn and was then selected for two World Cup rounds last month.

He was disappointed not to get a podium at either event, but the trip also allowed the British team to ride the World Championship course which gave Price renewed hope for his medal chances.

“It’s a bit like the course we used for the national time trial championships last year,” he added.

“It will be 5km longer than normal with a significant climb of one-and-a-half kilometres on each lap so it will be interesting to see how that affects the result.

“The road race uses eight laps of the same course and it should suit me. I’m more than happy with the course; it should make for some interesting and aggressive racing.”

His championship campaign will begin with three laps of the 7km time trial course on Thursday, July 30, followed by his favourite discipline, the road race two days later.

As well as medals, this year’s global showdown has added spice with the 2016 Paralympics a little over 12 months away.

Riders of all nationalities will be keen to put down an early marker to their team selectors and boost their chances of a ticket to Rio.

He said: “The targets will be the same as always; to get on the podium and aim to win.

“When you go to these things you have to believe you’ll be competitive and I certainly do think that.

“There are probably 10 of us who could be in the mix for the time trial and I’m one of them.

“In the road race I always think I have a good chance. I was a little disappointed with two fifth places at the world cups, but I didn’t ride badly in either.

“You hope that you’re going to get up in the morning of the race, your legs feel good and you make the right decisions at the right time.”