SHAUN Darcy has been racing competitively for just over 18 months, but on Sunday he upstaged more seasoned campaigners to win the 2014 GMHBA 2000 Metre Wheelrace at Wal Smith Velodrome.
Darcy claimed line honours by a comprehensive margin ahead of Port Fairy’s Mikayla McLaren (second), and Mt Gambier’s Scott Waters (third) and Daryl Patzel (fourth).
The wheelrace was the principal drawcard of the 43rd annual GMHBA Cycling Carnival, held in conjunction with the South West Open Track Championships.
The Hamilton Cycling Club, as host club, presented nearly 100 events over two days of high class competition.
And it was the 36-year-old Castlemaine Cycling Club member who stole the show.
“It certainly has been worth it,” Darcy told the Hamilton Spectator following the podium presentation.
“I made the trip up from Bendigo … I’m part of the Castlemaine Cycling Club.
“One of my other club members gave me a massive tow up to the front of the bunch today, which helped me out immensely.
“It’s been a good weekend.”
Darcy described his victory as a “huge achievement”.
“I’ve only been riding for a bit over 18 months,” he said.
“When my son decided ‘let’s have a go’, I would have a go as well and this is where I’ve ended up.”
Cycling has quickly become his sporting passion.
“I’ve got a lot of good friends around and it’s a great club that I’m involved with … Castlemaine,” he said.
“They are so supportive of everything.
“They go out, they train together and have drinks together after training.
Full story in the Spectator on Tuesday, February 18, 2014