Chloe McConville To Make Comeback At Amy’s Otway Classic

Chloe McConville

Chloe McConville (image copyright jxpphotography)

Geelong?s Chloe McConville (Jayco/John West/VIS) will return to the Subaru National Road Series this weekend after overcoming a serious illness that threatened to derail her international cycling career. While in Europe racing for the Australian Women?s Development team, McConville was diagnosed with Deep Vein Thrombosis in April after doctors found clots on her lungs and in her legs. ?As soon as I got diagnosed I had to have bed rest for about 10 days and it took me that long before I was allowed to fly home,? explained McConville. Immediately put on the blood thinning drug warfarin, McConville was forced off the road for over three months with this weekend?s inaugural Amy?s Otway Classic marking her return to national level racing. ?After having so much time off, I?m just really looking forward to being a part of it again, because that was something I struggled with,? said the 2013 Tour of the Goldfields champion. ?I was in the middle of Europe and loving the racing and thriving off that environment, so to suddenly get pulled out [was hard].? After suburb results in the early parts of 2014, McConville had the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and a professional contract in her sights. “There was definitely some down days when I was almost ready to throw in the towel but the biggest thing was to keep the bigger picture in sight. I had qualified on the long list for the Commonwealth Games and that dream was gone. I thought ?what am I working towards,? but the aim has always been to secure a pro contract for next year and it?s what has kept me going.? It has been a long road to recovery with the 26-year-old spending the past 14 weeks completing an intense training program including gym work, indoor bike training, running and walking. ?I took on a really heavy gym program, I used the time off the road as best I could to develop areas on the bike where I was a bit weak. I also did about six ergo sessions a week with 40 kilometres of walking and running.” Amy?s Otway Classic begins at 7.30am on Sunday, September 14 and will take riders along the iconic Great Ocean Road, one hour before the Amy Gillett Foundation?s Amy?s Gran Fondo. 55 riders will compete in the one day race, including Subaru National Road Series leader Ruth Corset (Holden Women?s Cycling) and Tour of the King Valley victor Rebecca Wiasak (Suzuki/Brumby?s).

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