Games gold champ Davis back home
COMMONWEALTH Games gold-medal winning cyclist Allan Davis was supposed to be in his second home of Spain until the end of November.
But he shocked everyone when he arrived home with his wife, Andrea, and two children to attend sister Amanda's wedding at the Bundaberg Rowers on the River last Saturday.
“No one knew until Dad was walking her down the aisle and they looked up,” Allan said.
“They were all very surprised – I kept it under wraps – the only person who knew was the owner of the Rowers. I phoned him and asked him to set four extra places and it made it special.
“The kids are at school and their year only started in September, and we normally don't get home for Christmas until the end of November.
“It's also great to be able to spend more time with Mum and Dad and the rest of my family.”
Despite his emergence as an international cycling star, a bigger profile has not changed the 30-year-old one iota and he is enjoying a short break in his home town.
Yesterday, Davis got back in the saddle for a 70km training ride – the first time on his bike since his dream week that culminated in a magnificent victory in the men's road race on the hot streets of Delhi three weeks ago.
That gold came just seven days after a surprise bronze medal in the world road titles at Geelong.
He will be back in race mode today when he lines up in the criterium at the Noosa Triathlon Carnival.
But apart from that, Davis said he “won't do much until December”.
“Performance wise, I'll be a bit off the eight ball, but my brother Scott will be doing (the Noosa event) too and it will be nice to ride with him again,” Davis said.
“I have to be back in Europe for a four-day training camp from November 27 and I also have a training camp with the national team for testing and planning out next season at the AIS.
“But for now, it's all about family and I'm about to pick up a new bike for my son, Harrison, and take him to the track for a ride.”