Former Clarence Valley cyclist Craig Evers with coach and also former Valley cyclist Morgan Pilley in Europe.
Former Clarence Valley cyclist Craig Evers with coach and also former Valley cyclist Morgan Pilley in Europe. Contributed

CYCLING: Evers scores first win in Europe

CYCLING: Former Clarence Valley road cyclist Craig Evers is attempting to break his way into the European cycling scene and he has enlisted some special help to get him there.

Evers is working very closely with European coach and also former Clarence Valley cyclist Morgan Pilley who made the move to Europe almost five years ago.

Evers only just had his first win on his three month European tour with team Data#3 Cycling in Enkhuizen, Netherlands on Holland’s biggest holiday King’s Day.

But it has not all been glitz and glamour for the Australian cyclist with the adjustment to the conditions taking its toll in the early part of tour.

“Craig spent the first two weeks at my place here in Italy getting over jet lag and adjusting to the climate and time zone,” Pilley said.

“It can be a shock to the system at first and it's very easy to get sick after a 24hr flight and trying to go straight into racing.

“We did some quality training here before he went onto Holland, to prepare him for the long, hard racing.

“On a few training rides he "met the man with the hammer" but he responded really well and it toughened him up.”

After riding in Europe for the past five years, securing a contract with the Haibike Lawley Factory Team, Pilley was the best person to show Evers the ropes.

“I did a bit of road racing early on in Holland before concentrating on mountain biking,” Pilley said. “You find out pretty quick no one is racing to make friends.

“There's no favours from anyone here, mentally you have to be very strong even to just race.”

Evers heads back on track this weekend for the Zuidenveld Tour while Pilley will contest The Rocky Mountain Marathon.



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