Sound advice and skill pays off for Adam

Eddie Barkla | Bendigo Weekly | 10-Feb-2012

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THRILLS AND SPILLS: Adam Nicolson
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The thrills and spills of two-wheeled racing and riding has long been a part of Adam Nicolson’s life.  
Growing up in Charlton, his affinity with motors started around the age of six with family and friends.
Adam’s uncles Mark and Graham Nicolson had been Herald Sun Tour competitors back in the days of there being professional and amateur ranks, as well as Adam’s father Alan being a handy cyclist at a local level until work and family took precedence.
It was the schoolboys’ cycling championships that captured Adam around the age of 13, making another generation of Nicolson two-wheeled competitors.
The disciplines required kept Adam clear of the peer group pressures of those days, the lure of underage smoking and drinking.
Local Charlton cycling legend, Lloyd Patterson, took on a coaching and mentoring role in Adam’s formative years giving much-needed wisdom that would keep Adam focused in both motor and human-powered pursuits of racing on two wheels.
Race etiquette and knowing how to read a race, follow the right wheel, pick the right cornering lines and knowing when to dictate pressure at the right times are all foundations built in the early years of being guided by Lloyd.
Adam can remember as clear as yesterday the following advice “never squander opportunities in the hope of keeping a mark for the one big event.
“Growth and strength comes by making the best opportunity of your winning ability.”
Adam entered into the competitive side of motocross around 19-years-old and has recently progressed to road racing as another string to the two-wheel bow.
In recent years Adam has won a number of motocross club championships including the Bendigo, Ararat and North West Regional championships.
In 2008 and 2010 he won the Victorian Road Race Championship as an aggregate over four rounds of racing competition.
Adam appreciates the synergies between the two disciplines in having a good eye to look ahead and read a race and know race lines in cornering.
The fitness that is essential in cycling helps to maintain the anaerobic and aerobic capacity that is fully worked over in a motor cycle race.
Although at a much higher speed on a motor bike, track and criterium racing have a special affinity with motor cycle racing – knowing how to be close to other competitors and maintain your racing line.
Being on two wheels is a thrill that can only be experienced in the race event,  whether it be human powered cycling or motor powered and taking a fall is a given at some time, mostly when you least expect it.
There has been a high cost to Adam, with broken wrist bones, collar bone both pinned and screwed, broken thumb, elbow, bone graft to left hip, multiple broken ribs, cracked shoulder blade twice, cracked sternum and numerous concussions.
Adam also attributes some of his success to knowing how to use core body strength, in changing the centre of gravity at the critical stage and not lose pace and direction.
The future holds the hope of being top three in Australia as much as seeing his own boys succeed at their chosen sport.
Looking forward to seeing you on the road soon, God willing.

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