Olman on Aussie team for Bordeaux
ROCKHAMPTON cyclist Miles Olman remains grateful to Cycling Australia for persisting with him.
Olman, 20, was this week named in the Australian team to contest the 2006 Track Cycling World Championships in Bordeaux, France, from April 13-16.
The Rockhampton Cycling Club member joins former Gracemere sisters Anna and Kerrie Meares in the 17-member team, which includes 14 members of Australia's Melbourne Commonwealth Games team.
"It's just good they've given me so many opportunities,'' said Olman, who has battled a heart condition over the past 12 months.
"I still have my bad days where I feel absolutely shat- tered, but when I'm good I'm going good.''
While disappointed with missing a start at the Commonwealth Games Olman knows he has time on his side.
"I'm only young and I hadn't done the work for it.''
This involves six-hour rides for the endurance rider.
"You just keep riding ? you don't even know you're doing it half the time.''
Olman is preparing for his second senior world titles after riding in Los Angeles last year.
In Bordeaux he will contest the madison with Victoria's Simon Clarke and would love to ride the points race, however, Australia's Commonwealth Games points gold medallist Sean Finning is the likely starter.
Olman returns home to Rockhampton today for a week before returning to Adelaide. He leaves for France on April 4.