Top week for cycles

Eddie Barkla | Bendigo Weekly | 13-Apr-2012

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Last week marked another amazing week in the world of cycling, with Melbourne playing host to the UCI World Track Titles.
What a sensational preview of the potential for the Australian Cycling Team in their individual and team quests for 2012 London Olympic Games.
For those who watched the TV coverage or for those who were fortunate to attend, there were spine-tingling moments to savour for some time to come.
It is very encouraging that in such a world-class event we could see unquestionable evidence of the contribution that the cycling community of Bendigo has made.
It was a special moment when Anna Mears broke a world record and to feel the raw emotions rise up in all nationalities when she dedicated her victory to her first coach, who saw something in her that others could not see.
Making history is for the risk-takers who are prepared to sow into the lives of others, even when they might not believe in themselves.
We can be grateful for Glenn O’Shea’s parents Con and Jenny and grandparents who encouraged Glenn to persevere to become a world champion and hopefully an Olympian Gold medallist.
For the likes of Tim Decker for having the belief that Glenn was capable of rising again to complete, the hopes he had prior to being struck with a debilitating illness.
For Aaron Anderson, in his response to administer medical support for unresolved injuries of athletes.
We can also be grateful for the likes of the Bendigo International Madison committee for their confidence in Glenn and for making opportunities available for increased exposure and competition.
The story is also one of Scott and Donna McGrory and the Sydney 2000 Olympics, their heart-wrenching tribulations which allowed Scott to make a contribution to the world of cycling through his experience and insight.
There were the open doors of the people of Bendigo who hosted athletes and their families attending both the Bendigo International Madison and World Titles.
It is a never-ending story that starts at the grass roots of the sports, in clubs that make opportunities to enter into a sport where there are no end of possibilities, such as the Bendigo and District Cycling Club, where such journeys begin.
Feel sure that Bendigo is making a contribution at many levels and what is happening in our midst is all timely when we give our support and encouragement to any new beginner with hopes of being a champion.
Looking forward to seeing you on the road soon, God willing

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