CAMPERDOWN cyclist Dylan Hately goes into the Tour of The Great South Coast’s first stage this morning “a little bit banged up”.
Hately had a nasty fall during the Tour of The Murray River, cracking two ribs and ending his campaign.
He said the injury had changed his position on Team Seight for the latest instalment of the National Road Series which begins in Mount Gambier today.
“The Murray and Great South Coast (tours) were early-season goals,” Hately said.
“But the crash last week changed that. My role on the team has changed. I’ve gone from being protected to doing the protecting.”
Hately has secured a spot on Team Seight and has made somewhat of a return to the National Road Series after his previous team “fell apart” mid-season last year.
He said the team had gelled well together and was chasing success this week.
“We have three or four guys who are in contention for good general classification finishes,” he said.
“The guys won two stages on last year’s tour, so they are keen to have some more success.”
Hately said it was disappointing to go into a tour on home soil feeling less than his best.
“It does help to be in you’re home area. You know the roads and there is support from family and friends,” he said.
“It’s disappointing to come in injured, but its going to be a great, challenging tour. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Hately is one of seven local cyclists in the tour, joining Warrnambool’s Matthew Lane, Sam Lane and Mark Scouller, Mortlake’s Darcy Woolley, Port Fairy’s Nathan McLaren, Hamilton’s Clive Silcock and Portland’s Dylan Lindsey.