Mechanics of cycling
By GREG WHITE
WHILE it's still a long shot, Glen Price would not turn down a trip to the Beijing Olympics.
"Accreditation is the problem," Glen said, while preparing for his trip to Honolulu as Australia's head mechanic at the World Age Triathlon championships.
"My plate is full enough at the moment without thinking that far ahead."
When he catches the plane on Tuesday for nine days in Hawaii, Glen will have two assistants in tow, tasked with keeping bikes in optimum condition for 350 triathletes.
"Hawaii is the full Olympic dream," he explained.
"It's the 1.5km swim, 40km ride and 10km run.
"Enormously gruelling on the body."
Without support of his family, the Coffs cycling and triathlon clubs and his work at Bob Wallis Cycles, Price wouldn't be going anywhere.
"They inspire me as well as provide the funds I need to attend."
Last year, Glen travelled to Portugal, while he's just returned from a stint as Australian team mechanic in Japan.
"On the Gamagori tour we took 25 professionals," he said.
"From the training camp in Cairns till the end of the trip, we had to ensure every piece of equipment was correct and ready for immediate response.
"As you'd imagine it's a huge job to obtain precision and reliability."
Price offers clues as to what goes on inside the sport including the mystery of what those carbon frame bikes are really worth.
"A good bike can set you back ten thou," he answers.
"But there are still athletes doing well on $2,000 machines."
So it seems if you can't ride well enough, even the finest cycle won't help you."
"Take the case of our local, Emma Moffatt," he said.
"She finished fourth in the under 23 world titles and it was talent that got her there, rather than the equipment she used.
"A classic case of making best use of what you have."
Once the Hawaii trip is completed, Price will concentrate on work till the next opportunity arrives.
Maybe, Beijing in the summer of 2008.