Davis eyes 2012 Olympics
BUNDABERG'S Allan Davis is very happy with his World Road Championships bronze medal and Commonwealth Games gold earlier this month, but he still has some unfulfilled goals.
They include world gold, a return to the Tour de France and the ultimate, the Olympic Games.
Davis, who returned home unannounced from his Spain base for his sister Amanda’s wedding last weekend, said this year had been a real roller-coaster for him, but that he could not have realistically hoped for a much better ending.
“World gold too would obviously have been nice but after my start of the year, no-one could have expected more,” Davis said.
“To be honest, my first half of the year was not up to what I normally do and I needed a good look at the mirror and to get into it.
“I wasn’t worth a cracker – I normally do well in the Tour Down Under and go straight over to Europe and hit the Classics, but the last half pulled the season off for me.”
After winning the Tour Down Under in 2009, Davis will be looking to a good start to the 2011 season in it and the nationals.
“Then there is the Tour De France in the middle of the year and the world championships in Copenhagen in Denmark at the end of the year – there’s a few other things but they’re the big three I have pin-pointed.
“But the London Olympics is on top of the table – I’ve always been a reserve for the last two Olympics and it’s grating at me to do well there, and the talk is that the road race circuit that they’re going to use is right up my alley.
“I’m 30 now and I’ll be 32 by then and it might be my last crack at the Olympics – hopefully I’ll be still around in 2016 but there are a lot of good young riders coming through and it’s pretty cut-throat in the road race team with only five spots available.”
In the meantime, Davis is recharging his batteries, but he is excited about being able to compete in a world-class field when the Bundaberg Cycling Club’s 4BU Spectacular returns after a nine-year absence at the Kevin Broaden Memorial Velodrome on December 10 and 11.
“It’s off-season for me and my form won’t be great, but I wouldn’t be where I am if not for the track and the club – it’s where it all started for me as a kid,” he said.
“And it’s always nice to give something back to the sport.”