David Nicholas competing at the World Para cycling Championships in Baie-Comeua Canada in August.
David Nicholas competing at the World Para cycling Championships in Baie-Comeua Canada in August.

Para-cycler planning for next race

CYCLING

WHITSUNDAY para-cycling champion David Nicholas is already thinking ‘what's next' on the agenda after returning from the World Para-Cycling championships which were held in Canada last month.

David who has cerebral palsy came 14th in the 22.2 kilometre time trial and 16th in the road race event.

The 18-year-old was on the pace to finish in the top 10 if it wasn't for a crash in the road race.

He stated that the crash was disappointing after training for such a long period of time, but ‘that's cycling' and anything can happen in the pressure of competition.

He sustained no serious injuries from the crash, only receiving gravel rash to his elbow, hip and knee.

He has been training for two years under the watchful eye of trainer and father who is also called David Nicholas.

Now back in Australia after enjoying a wonderful time with his family including step mother and father David and Jodie Nicholas and sister Jayne, so named ‘the Aussie cheer squad', David [junior] has wasted little time to get back into his intense training regime.

He is already back in the gym and out on the road.

At full training he covers nearly 300km of on-road training in a normal week.

David [junior] is back in training for his next competition which is the state championships in Maryborough late October.

And as the current national road racing champion for his category of disability (C4), he considers himself in good stead to place at the state titles.

David is hoping that he will get selected to compete at the World Championships which will be held in Denmark next year and he is also hoping for selection for the London Paralympics in 2012.


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