Cosgrove cycling a course of his own choosing
ROCKHAMPTON'S Wade Cosgrove is expected to create some interest when he rolls up for a surprise return to the Queensland State Track Cycling Championships in Brisbane starting on Monday.
The former 2003 World Junior 1000m time trial champion is making a comeback after about two years out of the sport, competing in the elite men's sprints, standing lap and keirin events in Brisbane.
"I just got on the internet and put my name down,'' said Cosgrove, quickly admitting he's pretty unfit.
What made the 21-year-old return to the track is a mystery. "Who knows why,'' said Cosgrove, who is taking a low-key approach to his return and just trying to have some fun in the sport.
"I'm not going there (Brisbane) thinking I'm going to go any good or get a medal. I just want to see where I'm at.''
As a junior Cosgrove was a powerhouse in the junior sprint races before falling victim to "one of those things that just happened at the time''.
"I drifted away from it.''
Cosgrove decided to make work a priority and is now fitting in his cycling around that schedule, rather than the other way around.
During his track cycling hiatus Cosgrove also added some dirt jumps to his cycling experience ? on the BMX track.
He hit the track in February this year and competed for six months.
"It was a lot of fun,'' he said, planning on returning to BMX in the new year.
Resuming track cycling training has been hard.
"The way you should ride and train is a lot different to what I'm doing at the moment.''
As for Cosgrove's track cycling future, he is taking it race after race with no big long-term goals.
The Queensland titles run from January 2-8.