|Written by The Licorice Gallery|
|Friday, 23 March 2007|
Danny Clark welcome to The Bell Lap
LG) What was your favourite race?
DC) The Munich six day
What was your most satisfying win?
They're all satisfying, whether they're small or big i just enjoy racing.
The Dolomite mountains i raced last year in Italy. I rode the Grand Fondo, one of the Grand Fondo's was the Dolomite Classic and we rode two big first category climbs in the one day so that was probably the hardest race i have ever done.
Thats a difficult one because i have really driven myself, Russell Mockridge if i really want to go back. Just reading his book and the person he was and being a road and track rider, being able to do everything thats what i really built my whole career on. I wanted to be able to do anything and any distance and he was like that.
I like the Eagles, i like the older kind of music.
I love America, i love racing in America i think thats a great place. But i would have to say Italy is the best of all.
I go down to Murwillumbah and all around avocado land thats quite a nice ride.
Elvis Presley, Muhammad Ali, ( his wife remarks Pamela Anderson, however thats not to go on a training ride with!) and Bernard Hinault.
Football; love golf, i like most sports; surf a bit, i like the beach.
I would have to say Moscow.
Everybody loves Raymond.
Ooh they are all bad, i think the worst one i had was when i broke my hip in the Frankfurt six day. I've still got a plate in my hip you know and that was in 1983. Its affected my career a great deal that crash because its taken a lot of power out of my left leg even though i have done some great things since then, when i sprint or climb big mountains the right leg is doing everything. So i have lost a lot of power and its caused me a lot of trouble you know over the years so thats probably the worst one i have had.
Max Leslie from Georgetown ( about 35 minutes drive north of Launceston ) he used to train his son Jeff and Stephen Andrews, he used to loan kids bikes and he loaned me one for about three months when i first started off and then my father got my eldest brother's semi racer painted it up and i used that.
Im riding a Pinarello.
To enjoy there cycling while they are young, stay on small gears, get an education and keep away from drugs.
Well i remember that day i rode eleven races and won nine, absolutely flying the whole day and night. In the wheelrace i was so far behind it wasn't funny, at two and a quarter laps to go i was still probably at that stage very close to a third of the track behind. With one lap to go there was three in front of me and i remember thinking i can still win this. Going down the back straight they were still miles in front but i knew in myself i could catch them but i didn't think it would be that close.
Danny Clark thanks for spending some time in the Bell Lap (Pedals from the past)
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