Brave return for Nicholas
JUST months after being on life support from a bad case of pneumonia, Proserpine para-cyclist David Nicholas has jumped back on his bike to take on the best in the world.
The 2012 London Paralympic Games representative raced in the UCI Para-Cycling World Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland, on the weekend as well as the UCI Para-Cycling World Cup in Elzach, Germany, the previous weekend.
In Nottwil, Nicholas finished fourth in the 31km time trail, missing out on a podium finish by just 1.5 seconds, and seventh in the 56km road race - where he was in a sprint finish for second with six other riders.
At the Elzach event, Nicholas was fourth in the 18km time trail, again missing by less than two seconds, and 12th in the 70km road race.
Nicholas' father David Snr said had his son not been sick, he would have performed better. "He was a little disappointed. He has been world champion in the road time trail before so to miss the podium was disappointing," he said.
"But he was seriously ill a few months back. He really only had three months of hard training. Considering that, he's reasonably happy."
Nicholas will now turn his attention to the next round of the world cup in South Africa in a month's time. He has significant catching up to do to qualify for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.
"It (recent results) was most dissapointing for him because these events have points in terms of going to Rio. He has a better chance of getting selected with more points," Nicholas Snr said.
"He missed out on the track world championships while he was ill so there's another bucketload of points that went down the drain.
"He's behind the eight-ball in terms of points for Rio."
Last year, Nicholas swept the Cycling Queensland awards, winning the Single Bike Para-Cyclist of the Year, Para-Cyclist of the Year and overall Queensland Cyclist of the Year titles.