Comeback unlikely for former champ

AS the Queensland track cycling titles concluded yesterday, Thomas Richards was one name not posted on the results page.

Richards, the 2008 under-19 time trial champion, did not contest the championships this year and his absence makes a return to competitive cycling less likely than ever.

Richards’ cycling career was placed on hold just as he was about to reach the pinnacle, representing Australia at the world junior championships last year.

A hormone deficiency laid him low and he spent more than 12 months recovering.

The state championships at Chandler this week were slated as a possible comeback for him but life has moved on and Richards with it.

“Just with everything, with work and a new job, it got too much in the end,” he said.

“I didn’t have time to do it.”

After receiving the all clear from his doctors, Richards had less than two months to prepare for the titles.

“The first couple of weeks went well,” he said.

“After that it just went downhill. My body was just unfit.

“But I would have got there (if I had committed to it).”

But Richards has not yet shut the door on a serious return.

It will just take time if it is to happen.

He will see how his workload is in the new year, juggling university and two jobs, and weigh it up against his passion for riding, which has obviously dwindled.

“I’ll just see what happens,” Richards said. “It’s too hard to say at this stage.

“It’s a long way back if I do but there’s always a chance. I doubt it though.”



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