Bendigo can lay claim to several athletes competing in the London Olympics, which begin this Saturday. We can also lay claim to someone with a rather important job outside the competitive sphere.
Bendigo resident and former pro cyclist Scott McGrory is commentating the cycling events for Channel 9 alongside the world-renowned voice of cycling, Phil Liggett.
The 42-year-old, who moved to Bendigo in 2004, has just come off reporting at the Tour de France, which he said was “as spectacular as always”.
“Team Sky were just incredibly dominant, their extremely sports-science focussed approach and the way their team just took the race away from everyone was incredible,” he said.
McGrory is calling all the cycling events in London, starting with the Men’s Road Race on Saturday evening (AEST), in which Australia has an extremely strong team.
“I think every four years the team gets stronger, this year they’re geared up for [Matt] Goss to win, and the team will have arguably the world’s strongest helper in Cadel Evans.”
As for the chances of another Bendigo boy who is competing in the track cycling events, Glenn O’Shea, McGrory said there is a very strong chance that he will bring home gold.
“Glenn is the favourite for the omnium, after he won the World Championship in Melbourne earlier this year, and even before that he was always up there in World Cup events, so he will definitely be around the mark.“There are a lot of variables that can be thrown up in the six events the omnium riders contest, but if all goes according to plan, Glenn should win.”