Old hurt fades as Ryan rolls

By RACHAEL BORICH RYAN Bayley returned to Rockhampton yesterday joking that he's attached a roll cage to his bike this time around.

Bayley is back in Rockhampton for the first time since he crashed out of the Rockhampton Cup on Wheels in January and "busted myself up'' ? which meant breaking a couple of ribs and his scapula.

The Athens dual Olympic gold medallist is still making the long comeback in his quest for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Bayley's untimely crash ended his hopes of riding in this year's world championships, but he is now fully healed. "Every time I went back to the doctor he found something new that was wrong with me,'' Bayley said.

Bayley is now trying to get used to some intense gym work and being back on the bike more regularly.

"Last year my bike felt like it was attached to me, but it's just not natural at the moment.''

Rockhampton has become a popular alternative training venue for Australia's sprinters since preSydney 2000 Olympic Games times.

Australian head sprint coach Martin Barras said the weather, club and "second-to-none'' community support and minimal distractions were all reasons for returning to Rockhampton.

The squad is training in Rockhampton until July 21.



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