Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Rider Profile - Craig Ferguson


1. What bike do you ride?
Well I am the proud new owner of a Cannondale Synapse Hi Tech. Got it a month ago from M1- and loving it. Got my credit card taken off me as a result - I didn’t have clearance from the treasurer at home to make the purchase. She knew I was in the market but she didn’t know how far in I was.
2. What would be your dream bike?
That bike the Goodies rode – the Trandem. I’d be at the back, and anyone of those girls that Matt sends me pictures of can fill up the other two seats. We could go riding out in the country , do some hill climbs…..did you say dream or dream bike?
3. What's your day job?
I have just returned to Gladstone and am working at the Gladstone Ports Corporation – RG Tanna Coal Terminal on the Process Control Upgrade Project – I’m a sparky who sits at a desk.
4. What's your favourite ride?
Having just got seriously into the sport over the last couple of years, I haven’t really done too many classics. I can’t wait to get back to Tassie in a few years time ( that’s home) and do some touring around the state. Great country for riding in Tassie – rolling hills quiet back roads, views – It’s Gods country. And no the cold does not kill; It’s just a little fresher that the Queensland climate, makes you feel alive. I do remember some of the buzzes we had while travelling in Europe in a kombi; driving to the top of the mountain ranges and getting the bikes off the back and flying down the other side. The bikes got stolen in Amsterdamn though. I was distracted for a while, man.
5. Most memorable biking experience?
Too rude to be blogged. Just ask Fergo.
6. Least memorable biking experience?
Well, good question, Once while living back home with the folks in Burnie, Tassie - I had just returned from overseas. I had been out for the day somewhere and bumped into an old mate. We had decided to head out for a beer that night but I had to call past home to get changed first. We were greeted by Dad at the door who had just been out on his new mountain bike and he had had a bingle. His injuries were the normal skin off here and there but by far the worst was that he had hit a large rock and had slid forward off his seat and had sctrotally connected with the neck of the bike. Without saying hello, Dad had whipped down his reg grundies and showed us the damage. I hadn’t seen my old mans ball sack before in living memory and definitely had not seen that type of injury - my mate had never met my Dad. Anyway we were late for the beers as we had to take Dad to the hospital for a few stitches.
7. Bike rider you admire the most?
Danny Clark – he is from Tassie. He won five world championships and a silver Olympic medal in 1972. He was named as one of the best six day event track riders of all time. While we were growing up along the NW coast of Tassie during January / Feb there is a running , riding, and chopping carnival series. There are about five or six day and sometimes day / night carnivals. We used to go to them all ( this was prior to the old man smashing his sack – Dad was a runner). Danny Clark was amazing. He was the dominant scratch handicapper for a good 15 years and for a couple of season had to start back by himself behind scratch. His ride in the Burnie Wheel in 1977 ( I can remember the buzz and atmosphere and have seen the footage of the ride more recently) it was absoutley incredible. The main pack had given up and one some front markers were more than 100m in front on the bell lap, they looked like they had it all sorted. So it was Clark motoring home he hardly touched the track as he flew around and won by a tyre. The commentator and crowd went crazy, the commentator rates this as his most memorable sporting moment of all time.