Scott Davis competes in the prologue of the 2007 Econo Tour cycling race in Hasselt, Belgium, at the peak of his career.
Scott Davis competes in the prologue of the 2007 Econo Tour cycling race in Hasselt, Belgium, at the peak of his career. LUC CLAESSEN

Scott Davis' cycling retirement

CYCLING: Scott Davis, who has carved out an outstanding career alongside brother Allan, announced his retirement from professional cycling yesterday.

Scott has long lived in the shadow of his younger brother, who has become a household name after his World Championships bronze medal and Commonwealth Games gold two months ago.

But he wants to bow out in style when he lines up in the reborn 4BU Cycling Spectacular Bundy Cup on Wheels, which returns to Kevin Brogden Memorial Velodrome after a nine-year absence tonight and tomorrow.

Scott, 31, will be up against a quality field of 21 other riders in the Elite A-Grade division, including Allan, but they both have their sights set on the same thing – victory in their series of events.

In announcing his retirement, Scott, a Coral Isles Cyclists club member, said it was the end of an era after 22 years in the sport and there was obviously a tinge of sadness for him.

He nominated his win in the Team Pursuit at the 1997 World Championships in South Africa as the highlight of his career.

“But just representing Australia as a pro in ’03, ’04 and ’07 was also very special – to be a professional is an achievement as a whole,” Scott said.

His goal for the Bundaberg event is simple – “to win something”.

“It would be nice to win the last event on the program on Saturday night, the Kevin Brogden Memorial 40-lap Scratch Race again. It was formerly known as the Fred Heidke Memorial and I won it twice the last two times this carnival was held, in 2001 and 2002, so a hat-trick would be sweet.

“Allan and I have teamed up and it would be nice if one of us can win it, but as long as it is good racing we will be happy.”

Scott will live in Bundaberg and will be able to spend much more time with his wife Jodie and two young children, Sienna, two, and Rhys, five months, but he won’t be lost to cycling.

“It will be great to watch them growing up but it’s going to be hard to not be riding, especially when Allan goes back overseas,” he said.

“But I’ll probably ride for fun at a few local events when I can and I will also be director sportive for Swift Carbon, a Queensland team of eight riders, including my cousin Brad Davis, and I’ll try and keep in the loop and try to get kids involved in cycling.”

For a full list of the Elite A-Grade field and more stories on the event, turn to page 43.

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