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Story by: ROB SETCHELL, Reporter
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
JODY Cundy says he has launched his ambitious bid to ride for England in the 2014 Commonwealth Games because of an “obscene” lack of competitions for Para-cyclists.
The Walpole St Andrew star admits that pipping able-bodied athletes to make the squad for the Glasgow Games will be “almost impossible”.
But after a heartbreaking London 2012 Paralympics and with no World Championships for the track Para-cylists, Cundy said he had to have something to aim for.
“At the moment, the next major competition I have is Rio 2016,” he said. “That is obscene.
“For the track Para-cyclists to have nothing to aim for makes it really hard work and I’m hoping it will change.
JODY Cundy will visit Wisbech next week as the town celebrates the achievements of one of the most successful Paralympians of all time.
The 33-year-old, who was given the Freedom of Wisbech in 2010, will tour the town’s schools on Vivien, the vintage fire engine, from 4pm on Friday (October 5).
“We had four days in London when there were sell-out crowds of 6,000 people to watch Para-cycling, so obviously there is a demand for competitions.
“If we have got no races, we have got no chance of an Olympic legacy.”
Cundy would need to improve his times by more than two seconds a kilometre to make the Commonwealths squad. If he pulled it off, he would emulate fellow TeamGB Para-cycling star Sarah Storey, who competed for England in Delhi 2010.
“The Commonwealths are an absolute pipe dream,” he said. “It’s in Glasgow so it’s essentially a home Games and the nations will put out their strongest field.
“British Cycling has such strength in depth so for me to make the team is almost impossible. But if I set my goal high, hopefully that will keep me ticking over for the next two years.
“I’ve got to set my target somewhere and trying to make that team is a target and a half.
“I’ve tried to emphasise how impossible it is. The fact that I’m missing a leg means that things are just a bit harder.”
Cundy was forced to settle for bronze in the 4km Pursuit after a London 2012 which left him with “unfinished business”.
The 33-year-old had previously launched an expletive-ridden rant at officials who denied him the chance to defend his 1km Time Trial (kilo) title by ruling he had made a faulty start.
Cundy said: “Five minutes before I was about to race I thought I had it in the bag and then it was all gone and I had to re-evaluate what I needed to do.
“Now, it’s like Rio is a definite as long as the body can stand it.”