Bright vows to push on
By RACHAEL BORICH
ROCKHAMPTON cyclist Alex Bright must think she has a Sydney Cup curse.
It was a case of third time unlucky for Bright, 24, who crashed out of the Sydney event on Sunday night with the finish line in sight in the women's scratch race.
There were no fractures, this time, but Bright spent about four hours in hospital on Sunday night getting treatment for abrasions and nursing sore muscles.
Her injury list is a horror read.
At the Sydney Cup in 2002 Bright broke her collarbone and underwent surgery in May, 2003.
In late 2003 she crashed, discolating her right shoulder, the day before the Sydney Cup started.
Bright was under the knife again in May 2004 to have a plate removed from her shoulder. She redislocated the shoulder in August that same year and had her third surgery to stabilise the injury in September last year.
This will not stop the Rockhampton Cycling Club member from pedalling towards her cycling dreams.
"I feel at some point there must be a time things will start going right for me,'' Bright said.
"I can't give up now after everything I've gone through.''
The determined competitor was even more annoyed that this crash was not her fault.
Bright was out of medal contention and sitting wide on the track when a move was made on the inside and the Rockhampton cyclist was ultimately on the end of a domino effect, eventually crashing into one of the fallen cyclists. "It's so frustrating,'' she said.
"I remember lying on the track with a thought in my head saying 'Why am I doing this?' ''
Bright returned to Rockhampton last night and remains hopeful of still competing in the Melbourne Cup on Wheels this Saturday night.
Feeling "stiff and sore'' Bright also has to work on getting a new set of wheels before the Melbourne race after her bike was also damaged in this latest crash.