Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Old Battler - Craig Taylor.

Yesterday my phone rang. A scratchy, yet familar voice on the other end calling me Thunder. It was my old mate Craig Taylor - hitting me up for a bed on the weekend of the Calliope Classic race.

I would give anyone a bed who was a roady, especially someone like Craig, who has done the same for me.

A story that I always remember about Craig is when he just started riding the Criteriums at Muarrie (Muzza). Craigy wanted to ride A grade, but every weekend the officials would say no, you are a B grade rider.

Every weekend Craig would ride in from Ipswich, do the race then ride home. But not straight home. He would ride the long way up over all the hills. About 180km all up.

Even with all them km's in his legs, Craig rode off the front of the B grade race. He has been racing A since.

Craig has won state track and road titles, national track and road titles, as well as a world points score title.

So ladies and gentlemen. Looks like we have a bikerace.

Craig is one of the nicest blokes you will ever meet. A type of chap that will take the time to stop and chat at a race, or in the tyre section of a bike shop. He will not treat you any different if you are a hitter or a bunter. Just a good all round bloke, a True Aussie Battler.

I cant stand the way he races sometimes. He does not stop attacking. A mate of mine said to me after a race one - "You know what matty, Taylor stopped smacking us after you got popped."

Do I think Craig can win? With a solo effort. Yes. If there is a sprinter at the end that has the legs, then no. The way I see it, there are only two riders who have nominated that can sprint. When I mean sprint, I mean the type of sprinter that can drive the final nail in the coffin.

So all you "sprinters" out there, don't get upset if you have a bit of a turn of pace and I don't rate you...

On a final note. If i say anything to up set anyone in these columns, then I'm very sorry. But I do believe that you should never let the truth get in the way of a good story.