Daniel rides like the wind
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
NOT even a gusting easterly breeze could stop local rider Daniel Alcock from winning his second Grafton to Coffs Harbour road race on Sunday.
Racing among the leading bunch from the outset, Alcock always had any riders attempting a breakaway in check.
By the time the final climb was approaching, Alcock was part of a three-man leading group and as Mt. Brown approached, he was confident that a title to match the one that he claimed in 2004 was within his grasp.
"I'm a lightly built rider so attacking on the climbs is my forte," Alcock explained after his victory.
About a quarter of the way through the final climb, Alcock made his move and Northern Rivers rider Tim Davies couldn't answer the challenge that was thrown down to him.
Such was the ferocity of Alcock's attack that the final margin of just under a minute left most of the spectators stunned as such a margin seemed inconceivable only 10 minutes earlier.
The 120 strong field enjoyed tremendous riding conditions throughout the race aside from the odd gust of breeze.
A ifelong rider in the area, Alcock admits that he's not surprised at the growth of the Grafton to Coffs road race.
"Road cycling is pretty healthy at the moment," he said.
"That's because of a number of factors but a lot of sports are pretty cyclic, pardon the pun.
"Sports grow and shrink and it's going through a bit of a boom at the moment, not so much in the junior ranks but we're getting a lot of crossover from people who do triathlons and in general it's snowballed."
The two-day tour event at Tamworth at the end of August is Alcock's next big challenge but until then he says that he along with most of the Coffs riders in Sunday's race will be competing in various club events held at the new velodrome and criterium track in Toormina.