Danny Clark Chases More Austral Success

Peloton Cafe || Danny Clark

Peloton Cafe || Danny Clark (image copyright Cycling Victoria)

Cycling great Danny Clark, 63, has confirmed that he will be a starter for the 117th edition of the Austral Wheelrace. Clark is a 4 time world champion on the track and silver medallist from the 1972 Munich Olympics. ?He is also?one of the most successful riders in?six-day racing?in the 1970s and 1980s, winning an amazing 74 races. Clark is well entrenched on the Austral Wheelrace honour roll ? with victories in 1977, 1986 and 1990 ? all of which came from the scratch mark, and is very excited to be competing again at the 117th Austral Wheelrace. ?The Austral is Australia?s greatest race on the track. It?s a fantastic event. I have so many great memories.? ?My favourite memory was the final stages in 1990. I was hopelessly out of position with 2 laps remaining. Stephen Pate was in front of me ? but he was going too slowly. I just couldn?t wait. The computer in my brain was telling me that I had to go. I just gave it 110% and was lucky enough to win.? Despite such as a decorated history in the Austral, Danny is cautiously optimistic about his chances of a record equalling fourth victory. ?A lot depends on my mark. There are just so many fantastic riders between the scratch and 75 metre marks. And most of them are 40 years my junior.? ?I could be living in dreamland, but I?m looking forward to the challenge. I?m in reasonable condition. I?ve just got back from a few months in Italy, where I?ve been riding 4-5 hours per day, and I?ve also been racing once per week on the track.? ?However, the wet weather in Queensland where I?m currently living makes it difficult to get time on the track. We?ll have to wait and see how my road miles convert to speed on the track. I guess we?ll see at the Austral? The 117th Austral Wheelrace takes place at Hisense Arena on Saturday December 20th. Tickets are available via Ticketek. Ticket Link: http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=AUSTRALW14

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