"Gobsmackingly Brilliant" rides of 2000
The second ride that I feel is worthy to mention is Scott Sunderland's ride at the World's in Plouay. I have previously scribbled a response when I read the report, courtesy of "CyclingNews.com", I can't say enough about Scott and his great ride. He has had a long battle with all sorts of problems, mental and physical, but the guy dug deep and came up trumps when he needed too. He was left out of our Olympic squad, but I won't go there- as they say that's "water under the bridge". I felt saddened for Scott for I feel the course was custom made for him, but he continued to train- in the Rain, and wet roads of Belgium- he could have quite easily chucked in the towel, and decided my seasons over, but he wanted one more parting shot at the doubters- and ohh what a shot it was!!!. So Scott you have showed us all what to do when you're down in the dumps and you think that everyone is having a go at you, just continue training- rain or shine. So yeah, you deserved that cigar, now all you have to do is to get Neil Storey to work on his map reading skills, and watch out Belgium 2002, well done Scotty.
Biased I may be, but Scott Sunderland's World's ride (7th) was a remarkable feat - a triumph over adversity where courageousness, tenacity and resilience all combined to leave him but a few metres short of a well-deserved medal. Throughout the race, his sheer quality and undeniable class shone like a beacon. A master craftsman at work, it was a joy to watch and a personal highlight of my year. Scotty's a marvellous example to those seeking to follow in his footsteps.
Scott Sunderland. seventh at the worlds, with not much team support, after - once again - a serious accident and long comeback. Also, at an age where many healthy riders retire. Also, I am an Aussie originally so... go Scottie!