Evers on time trial high ahead of China tour
CYCLING: If you asked Craig Evers what would be the best preparation for his next international tour not even he would have said taking out the Australian Capital Territory Time Trial championship but that is exactly what the boy from Grafton did.
Evers was deep in his preparations for the Tour of China which begins next week as the next stage of the UCI Asia Tour, when he found out about the time trial championships last week.
"I have a big race in China coming up next week and this was sort of a chance to get out and see how the legs are going,” he said. "It just went really well and I came home with the gold.
"I won the NSW championships last year, now the ACT champs this year. I reckon it would be cool to see if I could win every State.”
Evers spent most of the first half of the year on a tour of Europe with the Data 3 Racing Team and also visiting coach Morgan Pilley.
But now he has been travelling all over Asia, most recently in Indonesia for the Tour de Singkarak.
While the drastic temperature changes have been causing havoc for the Canberra-based rider, it is something he has learnt to cope with this year.
"Staying healthy is the most important part of dealing with it, and the biggest part of that is living stess-free which is what I have been focussed on.”
Evers put in a mammoth six hours on the indoor Enduro bike on the weekend ahead of leaving for China.
"It is the same with every Tour I do,” he said. "There is nothing worse than turning up in a country for a Tour underprepared.
"I am just doing the hard work now to make sure I have the best racing over there. Train hard, race easy.”
Evers competed for Data 3 Racing Team at the Tour last year but he expects the results to be a bit different this time around with the addition of champion New Zealand sprinter Alex Frame to the team line-up.
"I will do all I can to give him a good run at the line,” Evers said. "I am not afraid to push my hardest and attack often to give him a shot at sprinting it in.”