AN ISPIRATION: Para-cyclist David Nicholas training ahead of his trip to Spain for the second round of the World Cup next month.
AN ISPIRATION: Para-cyclist David Nicholas training ahead of his trip to Spain for the second round of the World Cup next month.

Rider ready for world challenge

AT JUST 19-years-of-age Whitsunday para-cyclist David Nicholas has achieved a lot more than many would do in their entire career.

Despite being born with cerebral palsy, David has never let anything stand in his way.

David’s most recent achievements came when he competed in the first round of the UCI Para-cycling World Cup in Sydney two weeks ago.

Here David went up against some of the best riders in the world in his C4 class where he finished eighth in the road race and ninth in the time trial.

Earlier last month, David also competed at the Australian Para-cycling Road Championships and Oceania Championships held at Caloundra and the Glass House Mountains.

At the Australian Championships David took out bronze in the 24km time trial only to be pipped for second place by Alex Simmons of New South Wales by only one hundredth of a second.

This gave David more determination when he took to the start line of the 71km road race where he successfully defended his title taking the gold medal in this event for the third year in a row.

At the Oceania Championships held the next weekend, David took the silver medal in the 20km time trial.

He also finished second in the 81km road race.

"I’m a bit disappointed with my performance in the Oceania Road Race because I made a mistake which prevented me from battling for first," he said.

"But overall I’m happy with my performance."

Although things may have gone to plan in David’s ideal world, he is now focussed on competing in the second round of the World Cup series.

David will leave for Europe on Sunday as part of the Australian team where he will compete in several warm-up events in the lead up to the June 10 event in Spain. 


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