And now, in May, Zac is living in a backpacking tent next to a camper behind a hotel in a campground on the banks of the Virgin River near the entrance to Zion National Park, to convalesce and Spring Train, unfettered, liberated, at last. “It’s time to launch my comeback and make my way back to the top of the Domestic Peloton.”
In fact, two years into his official professional racing career and Zac has done very little actual racing—ironic, considering as a stagiaire (in 2010) Zac raced US PRO, Tour of Hainan and Tour of Shanghai for the winningest domestic team in America.
Through all of this Zac is convinced, remarkably, of several things, and not just any “things” but the kind of sometimes counter-intuitive-type things that are ultimately invaluable, things like:
- Professional Road Bike Racing is fun – that’s right, fun. Zac Davies, oddly enough, loves riding and racing his bike for fun, and of course money and competition and sport.
- Cute girls, friends, fans (people) make everything, even the worst of situations, situations like 4+ months of rehabilitation, appointments, crutching, check-ups, etc., more tolerable, and even maybe, enriching.
- Ultra lightweight Mountain Bike Touring (solo) for two weeks in the Colorado High Alpine is a good way to train for International UCI Pro Tour races.
- Travel (as in spending most of the 2011 race season living and racing in Belize, Mexico, Panama, etc.) can be informative, transformative, enjoyable and if nothing else, it’s often interesting.
- Because of (and in spite of) doctors and surgeries and physical therapy and catheters and addictive medications and slings and exercises, etc., he will heal and race again.
Zac, though unvetted and unproven and under-raced, maintains an extraordinary attitude.
“There is something about living on the fringe that keeps me motivated.”
“I live in a tent next to my friend’s camper. Every day he goes out and guides people into Slot Canyons while I ride-up every plateaus in south-eastern Utah. All my teammates are racing while I am stuck back in the winter months of base training and so my rides have a dream like quality to them. Often I spend hours riding up a hill in an imaginary race, talking to myself, getting water bottles, bridging, attacking, racing.”