Paralympian Jody’s training is in full swing

Jody Cundy coming back to Wisbech to be given the Freedom of Wisbech with Wisbech Mayor Cllr Nick Meekins and Jody Cundy
Jody Cundy coming back to Wisbech to be given the Freedom of Wisbech with Wisbech Mayor Cllr Nick Meekins and Jody Cundy

PARALYMPIC cycling champion Jody Cundy has his sights firmly fixed on the London Games in 2012 but looks back on 2010 as a bit of a strange year.

Looking back at 2010, the former Walpole St Andrew star said: “Starting in January with a “warm weather camp” on Majorca which ended up in snow, it was a sign of what a topsy-turvy year I was going to have.

“By the time March came around, our World Championships in August had been cancelled and my training goals were turned on their head. At Easter my first proper race of the season was the Herne Hill Good Friday Meet, but unfortunately, once again the rain brought a swift end to the racing, but hopefully 2011 will be luckier as the meet moves indoors to Manchester.

“Without Worlds to prepare for, Ride Across Britain was a perfect chance to keep the miles and legs over the summer and also to help raise money for Paralympics GB.

“Sharing the mileage with tandem pilot Barney Storey, the nine days from John O’Groats to Land’s End were some of the most enjoyable days I’ve ever spent on my bike. Even though I was soaked to the bone for the first three days in Scotland, the scenery made up for all the wet and pain.

“And by the time we reached Land’s End, the sun was shining and myself, along with 600 other cyclists, had completed 1,000 miles and raised over £300.000!”

Cundy, who was also a star performer in the swimming pool before switching to cycling, also had his success on the track 9in 201 and added: “With RAB done, it was back to the track and to prepare for the National Track Championships and a potentially rearranged World Championships. With all the miles on the road in the summer, my track legs really came to me and my training went really well.

“The Nationals were filled with highs and lows, the highs being my new world record in the Flying 200m and my first able-bodied podium in the Men’s Team Sprint and Team Pursuit.

“The lows, becoming really ill after Day 3 and not being able to perform, to how my training had been going and losing out on an almost certain gold medal in the Team Pursuit due to a crash.

“October brought us final confirmation of the World Championships after many rumours and many cities had been mentioned. From March 11-13, the new velodrome in Montichiari in Italy was chosen.

“My training is in full swing now and I am working hard on retaining my World Championship titles in the 1KM Time Trial and Team Sprint, and also hopefully getting close to the podium in a new event for me the 4KM Pursuit.

“However, for the first time I won’t be able to win the Kilo in a World Record time as it might hinder my changes to win in London due to the unconfirmed factoring rules that the UCI will be applying to the Paralympic Games in 2012.”

Jody made a guest appearance on BBC4’s the Royal Institute Christmas Lectures last Thursday night.