Two wheel thrill

Adam Nicolson competing on a green motor bike

Cross disciplines: Adam found the discplines learned as a competitive cyclist translated well to another two-wheeled sport.

The thrill 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 motor cross started around the age of six with family and friends. Adam’s uncles Mark and Graham Nicolson’s had been members of the Herald Sun Tour competitors back in the days of their being professional and amateur ranks as well as his own father Alan being a reasonable handy cyclist at a local level until work and family took precedent.

It was the school boys cycling championships that captured Adam around the age of 13 years old making another generation of the Nicolson two wheeled competitors. The disciplines required kept Adam clear of the peer group pressures of those days, the lure of under age smoking and drinking.

Local Charlton legend of cycling 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 and 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 motor cross around the 19 years old and has recently progressed to road racing as another string to the 2 wheel bow.  In recent years of motor cross winning a number of Club Championships for Bendigo, Ararat and North West Regional championships. 2008 and 2010 winning the Victorian Road Race Championship as an aggregate over 4 rounds of racing competition.

Adam appreciates the synergies between the two disciplines in having good eye to look ahead and read a race and know race lines in corning. The fitness that is essential in all sports and cycling helps to maintain the anaerobic and aerobic capacity that is fully worked over in a motor cycle race without the pedals turning.

Although at a much higher speed on a motor bike Track and Criterium racing have a special affinity with the motor cycle racing knowing how to be so close with other competitors and maintain your racing line. Being on 2 wheels is a thrill that can only be experience in the race event whether it be human powered cycling or motor powered and taking a fall is a given at some time some place mostly when you least expect it.

There has been a high cost with broken bones of the wrist, 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 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 hold 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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