Toby Price bounces back from spinal injury

E3 SUCCESS: Toby Price on track in Argentina this week. It has been a year to remember for Toby Price after coming back from a year to forget.
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Less than 19 months after suffering a career-threatening injury Price added a world title to his name in Argentina this week, which follows an Australian desert double during the winter and a fourth national off-road crown.

The 27-year-old endurance moto rider from Aberglasslyn damagedvertebrae and required surgery after a race fall in April 2013 but it has done little to stop his rise back to the top.

For the third time in an already decorated career Price took out the Finke and Hattah desert races in the same calendar year, picked up the Australian Off-Road Championships again and capped off a remarkable 2014 this week with success representing Australia at the International Six Day Enduro in Argentina – taking out the E3 class and finishing second overall.

“It’s an awesome feeling,” Price told the Mercury yesterday.

“To do all this in around 18 months after my injury is pretty crazy.

“I never thought it would be a quick recovery and turn around but I wanted it to be and worked hard at it.

“I’m really stoked on how it’s all going though and the injury is definitely behind me now.”

Price said the efforts at his third ISDE would be some of the best in his career, which has also included four Hattah titles, three Finke crowns, a quartet of Australian Off-Road Championships and twice Australian Four-Day Enduro winner.

“It would be up there for a career highlight,” he said.

“To win a world title in the E3 class at ISDE is awesome, but every race and every championship means a lot indifferent ways.”

This result was his best at ISDE following previous trips to Finland (2011) and Germany (2012) and Price was already sizing up next year’s campaign.

“I’m really happy with the result,” he said.

“It’s been the best result I’ve had at the ISDE and I’m glad I could get it for myself and team Australia.

“I’m looking forward to next year’s six day already.”

2014 – a year to remember1st – Finke Desert Race (2010, 2012, 2014)1st – Hattah Desert Race (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014)1st – Australian Off-Road Championship (2009, 2010, 2012, 2014)1st – ISDE 3E class (2014)2nd – ISDE overall (2014)This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on 老域名.