Chadwick loves life in fast lane
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It’s a hard life for Rockhampton’s cyclist Glen Chadwick, 33, who found it a little hard to name a spot on the globe that he hasn’t raced in within the past decade.
The New Zealand-born professional cyclist, who moved to Rockhampton when he was 12, has had an impressive cycling career but he now puts on the brakes in the place he calls home to race in the CQU Rocky Cup on Wheels, January 15-16.
Nerves may be sinking in for many of the 150 odd competitors who are gearing up for the Rockhampton carnival, but Chadwick will be treating the two-day event as a chance to wind down after he returns from the New Zealand nationals.
“I arrive back from New Zealand on the 14th – the day before the carnival,” Chadwick said yesterday.
“For me (the carnival) is just two nights of a bit of fun on the track – I don’t take it seriously and I am going to get out there and stir them up basically.”
Although taking out titles at the Rocky Cup on Wheels will be a sweet victory for any competitor, Chadwick can trump that with the Beijing Olympics where he represented New Zealand.
“The Olympics was my highlight; you can’t really get any higher. For me it was better than the Tour de France – though I haven’t race that,” he said.
With Chadwick’s past opponents being top competitors such as Lance Armstrong, there really isn’t any tougher competition to face.
The Rocky Cup on Wheels is a track carnival that will see juniors and seniors compete across more than 80 events in two days.
And although track isn’t Chadwick’s first choice of cycling, he will compete in every event he can get his hands on, including the madison race in which he will team up with Victoria’s Casey Munro.
“I am more of a road rider but I am doing the Rocky Cup because I am back,” he said.
“I just like racing up mountains – the hillier the better.”
Chadwick started to race professionally in 2003 and has travelled the globe to wherever the races are, but in 2010 he will call Los Angeles his new home.
“My team, Rock Racing, is based in LA which is a US team – I am the only Southern Hemisphere guy in the team,” he said.
“I have set my goals for the Commonwealth Games next year then London in 2012.”
The Rocky Cup on Wheels will kick off on January 15 at the Kenrick Tucker Velodrome.