Allan Davis shows his class
World-class cyclist Allan Davis made a welcome return to the Bundaberg bitumen on Saturday, working through the pack to win the Coral Isle Cyclists criterium from a field that included Aaron Kemps.
Allan’s brother Scott was a notable absentee; a stomach bug forcing him onto the sidelines.
Davis overcame a four-lap handicap to win the event, while Kemps, who had already completed a 100km ride earlier that day, ran out of gas and failed to finish.
Kemps, who has recently signed with Fly V for the 2010 season, won the event two weeks ago, while Bob Stockwell held off the field last Saturday.
It was the first time in almost a year that Allan Davis has raced locally, and it may be one of the final times he does so on the Charlie Triggs Crescent circuit.
An application for a new 980m long, five metre wide criterium track near Baldwin Swamp was approved by Bundaberg Regional Council last week, and Coral Isle Cyclists president Bernie Kemps said it would only take two weeks to complete when construction begins.
“It’s been a couple of years work to get the funding and council approval, so hopefully it isn’t long now and we will be riding on a new track,” he said.
Santalucia Corporation, Cemex and SunState Bitumen have already come to the party, and Kemps hopes more big business will come forward and support the community project.
“There is no real safe place to ride, and parents hate to see their children riding on the roads, so this will be a perfect spot to race weekly away from the traffic and on a quality surface,” Kemps said.
“There are plenty of cyclists in town, but it’s (riding on roads) a major reason why we don’t have the huge junior numbers coming through. So this should have a hugely-positive impact on Bundaberg cycling.”
The star cycling trio will remain in Bundaberg until mid-January, preparing for another gruelling season on the roads across the world.
“It’s great to have the boys back racing, it doesn’t happen too often and the riders love it. Except you realise how far off the pace you are when they fly past you,” Kemps said.