BERAGH cyclist Marc Potts is currently working on a couple of things that he hopes will lead to something special.
One is the small matter of qualification for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, while the other is a documentary series, filmed by his good friend Davy McFall, chronicling the journey to Japan that they would like to see develop into something broadcast-worthy.
At present there are two short but insightful and throroughly entertaining four minute long snippets of what Omagh man McFall has shot during trips to two events that Potts and Madison partner, Felix English were competing in Paris and Geneva.
“Davy told me before he was keen to come to a race and watch it and I said we had thought about getting someone to record or document trying to get to Tokyo,” Marc explained.
“I’ve seen loads of Netflix series and things like that about people and their journey to go places and I find them really interesting, but there’s not enough of them.
“It’s something we’re very interested to do, but it’s quite difficult because we’re the ones organising it – me, Felix and Davy – but the powers that be don’t seem that keen on it.
“Maybe after seeing the first couple of videos they might change their minds because it would be cool.
“Ideally we’d like to see this get broadcast or streamed when it’s finished but it’s early days yet, so we’ll do the races and see if we get there!”
While the videography has gone well thus far, Marc’s on track results have been up and down – quite literally on a couple of occasions!
Things started brightly at the Vienna GP in Austria, apart from a fall, which resulted in a gashed leg for Marc. Despite that crash, he and English took third in the Madison and Potts added a second bronze in the Omnium.
After that they travelled to Paris for the opening round of the World Cup, but unfortunately a heavy fall following a tangle with a French opponent, caused Marc to tear his hamstring.
With qualifying points for the Olympics at stake and no other option, the 27-year-old still raced at the second round in Canada the next week, followed by a non-World Cup event in Switzerland, although due to a combination of the injury and illness, he sat out last weekend’s World Cup in Berlin.
However, he is hoping to get back to action in London on the weekend of December 14-15 before enjoying Christmas in San Francisco and potentially turning his focus to World Cup events in Hong Kong and New Zealand in January.
“The World Cup has been going OK so far but the injury to my hamstring is annoying because I know I could be doing a lot better,” Marc observed.
“I raced on the hamstring in Canada, which wasn’t great, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.
“I got around it, but I think that was more adrenaline because I didn’t think it was going to hold up. It was really sore, I couldn’t really walk but I could sort of ride my bike.
“The leg held up OK in Switzerland and it’s a lot better than it was but I think it will be OK for London.
“I’ll not be flying at it, but I should be back into some sort of shape because these races have to be done – if we’re flying or not we still have to do them because we need the points for Tokyo,” he concluded.
To watch Davy McFall’s videos, visit Marc Potts Coaching on Facebook or find them on YouTube.