Oliver Kent-Spark overcomes a broken collarbone which threatens to derail his Anchor Point Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic campaign

REPEAT FEAT: Oliver Kent-Spark, pictured in 2014 after crossing the line victorious, is hoping to win the 2017 Anchor Point Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic.
REPEAT FEAT: Oliver Kent-Spark, pictured in 2014 after crossing the line victorious, is hoping to win the 2017 Anchor Point Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic.

FORMER Melbourne to Warrnambool champion Oliver Kent-Spark has overcome a demoralising broken collarbone which threatened to derail his campaign.

The Geelong-based cyclist – who claimed his maiden victory in the historic race in 2014 – suffered the fracture while competing in the Tour of the Great South Coast in July.

Instead of a planned build-up to the race, the 24-year-old underwent surgery to have a plate inserted in his collarbone and spent the next six weeks with his arm in a sling.

His preparation has mirrored that of Warrnambool cyclist Sam Lane, who also fractured his collarbone in the July event.

“It is a vastly different preparation to 2014 when I enjoyed a magical period after training every day with everything going my way,” he said.

“I’ve been back on the bike for only three weeks after weeks of physio exercises and a week of indoor training at home. Hopefully it will be enough to get me through but it really is a slow build-up.

“I have residual fitness from before the crash. I’m completely over the injury now – for a bit I couldn’t get out of the saddle of the bike without pain – and despite the hampered preparation I believe I can be competitive again.”

SURPRISE COMEBACK: Former Melbourne to Warrnambool winner Oliver Kent-Spark has overcome a broken collarbone to ride in the race. Picture: Cycling Victoria

SURPRISE COMEBACK: Former Melbourne to Warrnambool winner Oliver Kent-Spark has overcome a broken collarbone to ride in the race. Picture: Cycling Victoria

Kent-Spark established himself as one of the nation’s most promising cyclists with victory in the 2014 Melbourne to Warrnambool and a third placing in the centenary race the following year.