Catch me if you can, says cyclist
By Glen Scott
Murwillumbah Cycle Club rider Dave Costanzo knows bringing his best race-face to the New Year's Day Criterium at Nerang Cycling Centre tomorrow is a big ask.
And the 39-year-old electrical contractor wouldn't have it any other way.
Costanzo has ridden against some of the world's best riders in criterium events, names like Tour de France green jersey winner Robbie McEwen and the legendary Henk Vogels.
He placed second in the Combined B section of the New Year's Day Criterium a few years back, but most tellingly, was named the days's most aggressive rider.
He is not someone to let a little year-end tipple get in the way of a hard ride.
"Live and let live, whatever will be will be," Costanzo laughed.
"It is just a fun day. We won't be playing for sheep stations, but people often sit back if they've had a few [for NYE].
"I won't let New Year's Eve change the way I ride. "I get out the front and let them chase me.
"You don't get named most aggressive rider for nothing."
The veteran rider was disappointed to find he won't be up against the big guns in the elite men's field.
"I've raced in the elite events before, but they won't let veterans go in it this year," he said.
Criterium official Dr Steve Drew still can't confirm whether Robbie McEwen, who won the elite men's race at Nerang in 2005, will front this year.
"Nobody can ever confirm with Robbie," Drew said.
"It is the same each year. He'll decide close to the event.
"I'm hopeful he will show, but we also have plenty of other top riders coming like Sarah Carrigan, Nick Gates and Jason Phillips.
"In the women's class, riders from the Queensland Academy of Sport under-19 team will also be there."
Costanzo's slant on the will-he-won't-he McEwen saga had a familiar ring to it.
"The race is just a warm-up for riders like Robbie. "I spoke with him a while back and he said he would see how his New Year's Eve celebrations went."