Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

2010 Magic Moments; Davis Highlight of the Rum City's Champagne of a Year

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

2010 Magic Moments; Davis Highlight of the Rum City's Champagne of a Year

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Byline: Vince Habermann

THERE were many magic moments in Bundaberg sport in 2010 but Allan Davis provided undoubtedly the biggest highlight with his stirring victory in the men's road race at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

It came just a week after his bronze medal in the event at the world cycling championships in Victoria and it finally anointed him as a true champion of the sport.

Davis also turned it on for his home town when the 4BU Cycling Spectacular/Bundaberg Sugar Cup on Wheels made a spectacular return to Kevin Brogden Memorial Velodrome after a break of almost nine years earlier this month.

Track racing is not his forte and he was upstaged in most of the sprints by New South Wales Institute of Sport stars Andrew Taylor and Mitchell Bullen.

But he was fittingly presented with the keys to the city by Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch before the first event.

And he was given a hero's reception throughout by the adoring huge crowds and he scored two brilliant victories.

Davis was also beaten in the final event on the bumper program, the Kevin Brogden Memorial Scratch Race, by his elder brother Scott who made a fairytale farewell after announcing his retirement from professional cycling two days earlier.

Another local, Aaron Kemps, who finished third in that event, provided another of the Rum City's champagne moments for the year with his victory in the men's division of the Australian Criterium Championships.

The Cycling Spectacular could lay claim to being one of the Bundaberg sporting events of the year.

The Bundaberg Cycling Club's small but very dedicated committee, together with supporters, assembled a field of over 150 riders, including a world-class line-up of 22 in the Elite A-Grade division, and presented a program which ran like clockwork.

The annual Wide Bay Australia Bundy Thunder Powerboat Spectacular at Sandy Hook in November was another wonderful event.

World champion Troy Marland drove Madness to a domination of the meeting, including an absolute blitz of the field in the King of the River.

But Bundy Thunder may need something to revitalise it as sadly spectator numbers were down. …

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