Overseas journey lets Olman re-invent his potential
MILES Olman is a new athlete.
The 20-year-old Rockhampton cyclist has returned home from a life-changing experience with the South Australia.com-AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) road cycling team in Canada.
Reflecting on his journey at Kenrick Tucker Velodrome yesterday, Olman said he had developed as an endurance rider and was finally starting to overcome illness, which has plagued his promising cycling career.
"Racing every day makes me even more careful about my body,'' said Olman, who has battled glandular fever and heart problems in recent times.
"I've come back a more experienced rider and a better athlete overall.''
During the past six weeks racing and training overseas, Olman has clocked up more than 4500km on his bike, which would be like riding to Perth.
But at least he had someone to talk to on those long rides, catching up with former Rockhampton cyclist Glen Chadwick, who is racing for American team Navigators Insurance.
"We'd be riding at the top of the pack and we'd be talking .?.?. then next thing you know we'd be at the back of the pack,'' Olman joked.
"It was great. When I was a kid I used to dream of riding with those boys.'' Olman will rejoin the South Australia.com-AIS team in Victoria next week to contest the Tour of Gippsland, which starts on Wednesday. He continues his charge on the international scene in Japan in September.