Scully remains focused on the road

01:14, Nov 23 2013

You have to wonder just what Southland rider Tom Scully could do on the track if he concentrated on the boards.

Scully showed his class again on Thursday night, winning the Oceania 30km points race title with a combination of cunning and raw power.

He probably should have had a couple of titles for the week, after being the outstanding rider in Monday's scratch race as well.

However, that event also factors in BikeNZ's planning for the next world championships.

Head coach Dayle Cheatley was keen to scoop up the qualifying points on offer and had his pursuit riders set up a train to deliver Dylan Kennett to the finish.

Scully had to settle for third place, but the result encouraged him to have a go at the points race on Thursday.


For now his focus remains on his road career.

His first season racing in the United Kingdom was successful enough and he returned home and picked up the sprint ace jersey at the Tour of Southland.

He will return to England next year to ride for his new team Madison Genesis.

Scully does have an out clause in his contract, which would allow him to pursue the track if BikeNZ came calling, for instance, for next year's Commonwealth Games.

However, with the track programme focused on winning medals in the team pursuit and sprint disciplines, it would be a surprise if they suddenly opted to take a punt on Scully.

"I'm pleased with how things are going; it's all coming back to me after not being on the track for a couple of years," Scully said after his points race victory.

"It just shows that all the laps you put in down here do come back out when you get stuck back in. At the moment my role is to be a road rider for my team in the UK - that's written into the contract - but anything can happen. Obviously, there's a big event next year and if the national team were to call there's a clause in my contract that I can be released. We'll see what happens."

Scully still has a passion for the boards.

"I love it, it's an awesome facility down here: it's really fast and once you pin the numbers on, anything can happen."

The Southland Times