WINNER: Bundaberg's Allan Davis celebrates after winning the men's road race at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. He will return to racing in January.
WINNER: Bundaberg's Allan Davis celebrates after winning the men's road race at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. He will return to racing in January. Victor R. Caivano

ONE LAST RIDE FOR CYCLING CHAMP: Davis is back

CYCLING: No matter how hard you try you can't take the racer out of Bundaberg's Allan Davis.

The former professional cyclist, who retired in 2014, will return to competitive racing for one night only in January.

Davis has entered the Auswide Bank International Cycling Spectacular, returning to the event he dominated before he went overseas to race.

"I've been wanting to get back to have a race for over 12 months,” he said.

"I started racing at this event and really enjoy track carnivals.

"It's going to be a bit of fun.”

Team Quick Step's Allan Davis of Australia celebrates on the podium with the overall leader jersey after his win in stage four of the Tour Down Under in Adelaide, Australia, Friday, Jan. 23, 2009. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) NO ARCHIVING
Team Quick Step's Allan Davis of Australia celebrates on the podium with the overall leader jersey after his win in stage four of the Tour Down Under in Adelaide, Australia, Friday, Jan. 23, 2009. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) NO ARCHIVING DAVE HUNT

Davis said he would compete in the B-Grade event but still get the opportunity to race the elite riders at the event when the grades combine for races.

"I'm not as fit as what I was,” he said.

"I'll probably get taught a lesson by some of the riders but it will be good to get the adrenaline going again.”

Davis's participation comes in what will be a busy few months for the 2010 Commonwealth Games road race gold medallist.

The 37-year-old and his wife will welcome another child into the world in February, his fourth overall.

Before then he will be in Adelaide for the Tour Down Under, where he will be a special guest at a gala dinner to celebrate the 20th edition of the event.

Davis won the Tour in 2009.

"It will be a busy time,” he said.

"There will be a presentation of all of us at the village as well.”

Davis is also about to become a sporting director with the Brisbane Continental Cycling Team, a professional team competing in Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

He will lead some of Queensland's best riders.

"I got offers from World Pro Tour teams as well but I went with my heart instead of my head and went with that.”

Davis said the chance to train juniors who were in a similar position to him when he was competing was exciting for him.

He will be at the Spectacular from January 12-13.



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