Danny Clark (cyclist)

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Danny Clark
Danny Clark.jpg
Personal information
Full name Daniel Clark
Born (1951-08-30)30 August 1951
Launceston, Australia
Team information
Discipline Track
Role Rider
Professional team(s)
1974–2000
Major wins

European championships:


Omnium 1978, 1979, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988
Derny 1985, 1986, 1990
Motor-paced 1988
Madison 1979, 1988
Infobox last updated on
November 2008

Daniel "Danny" Clark OAM[1] (born Launceston, Tasmania, 30 August 1951[2]) is a retired track cyclist and road bicycle racer from Australia, who was a professional rider from 1974 to 1997. He won five world championships and at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, came second in the 1,000m time trial.

Clark was often fastest finishing rider in six-day races, especially as Patrick Sercu slowed after the mid-1970s. Clark and the British rider, Tony Doyle, won many six-day races. Clark enjoyed the party atmosphere of the races, and continued to work in them as a Derny pacer after retiring.

Biography[edit]

Clark began cycling on a bike borrowed from a local enthusiast, which he used for three months before acquiring his eldest brother's semi-racer.[3] He became one of the most successful riders in six-day racing in the 1970s and 1980s, winning 74 races, second to Patrick Sercu's 88. Most of these wins came after a crash in the 1983 Frankfurt six-day which broke his hip. Clark still carries a plate inserted to help the fracture heal and said that when sprinting or climbing, only his right leg delivered full power.[3]

Clark won the Australian one-mile penny-farthing championship in Evandale, Tasmania, in 1989, beating the Briton Doug Pinkerton and Matthew Driver.[4]

He lives in Surfers Paradise, near Brisbane.[4]

Palmarès[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

World championships[edit]

  • Besançon 1980:
  • Brno 1981:
    • Arc en ciel.png Keirin
    • 2 Silver, points
  • Leicester 1982:
    • 2 Silver, keirin
  • Zurich 1983:
    • 2 Silver, keirin
  • Bassano del Grappa 1985:
  • Colorado Springs 1986:
    • Arc en ciel.png Derny
  • Vienna 1987:
    • 2 Silver, motor-paced
  • Ghent 1988:
    • Arc en ciel.png Motor-paced
  • Maebashi 1990:
    • 3 Bronze, motor-paced
    • 3 Bronze, points
  • Stuttgart 1991:
    • Arc en ciel.png Motor-paced

Six-days[edit]

European championships[edit]

  • Omnium 1978, 1979, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988
  • Derny 1985, 1986, 1990
  • Motor-paced 1988
  • Madison 1979 with Don Allan, 1988 with Tony Doyle

Honours[edit]

Clark received a Medal of the Order of Australia in 1986[1] and was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1987.[5] He received an Australian Sports Medal and a Centenary Medal in 2001.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Clark, Daniel, OAM". It's an Honour. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Site du Cyclisme, Rider database, Danny Clark
  3. ^ a b Licorice Gallery, Interview with Danny Clark
  4. ^ a b Canberra Bicycle Museum, Article about Danny Clark sourced from "Freewheel" Issue 11, New Zealand
  5. ^ "Danny Clark". Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Clark, Danny: Australian Sports Medal". It's an Honour. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Clark, Daniel: Centenary Medal". It's an Honour. Retrieved 10 September 2013.