TASMANIA, Australia (Singletrack.com) – It took him a couple of stages to find his race legs, but 2011 NORBA champion, Max Plaxton of Canada, prevailed on the second day of the 2012 Pure Tasmania Wildside. On the second consecutive double-stage day, Plaxton beat Australians Paul van der Ploeg and Adrian Jackson to win the Montezuma Falls afternoon leg over 38 kilometers and currently sits sixth overall, some three minutes behind race leader Sid Taberlay, also from Australia.
Plaxton talks to Singletrack.com about his time in Tasmania where his parents now live; the misconception that he has already qualified for the London Games; what he needs to do to qualify; based on his likely selection, his preparation heading towards London; the Olympic mountain bike course itself; and what he needs to do to match the likes of Julien Absalon, Nino Schurter and 2011 world MTB champ, Jaroslav Kulhavy.
Realizing life in advertising was nothing like Mad Men and buoyed by the Olympic Games in his Australian hometown of Sydney, Anthony Tan turned his back on a lucrative copywriting career in 2000 in pursuit of something more cerebral. Combining wordsmithing with his experiences as an A-Grade club racer and an underwhelming season competing in Europe, a career as a cycling scribe beckoned… More than a dozen Grand Tours and countless Classics later, it’s where he still is today. He has been a contributor to VeloNews since 2006. In 2010, he won Cycling Australia’s media award for best story. Follow him on Twitter: @anthony_tan