Tuesday, June 15, 2010


Saturday 5th June was run out of Normanby School Hall about 70km south of New Plymouth ,

It was a two stage day which included a 7km tt and a 90km road stage; I knew the GC could be won in the tt. I had a good feeling that my legs might be able to push and pull pretty quickly during the tt, but as I was 4th off the line I also knew the rest of the field would know the time to beat which is always a bit of a disadvantage! I set off from the start and quickly got into my work, on the way out there was a good tail wind and I was able to go upwards of 55km/h to the turn around, then boom the head wind hit for the return leg - this was rather hard I put my head down and dug deep, lungs burning, quads screaming, arms pulling, feet peddling, snot flowing I rode back to the finish managing to pass the 3 riders which started in front of me. I crossed the line, phew it was over now! I just had to wait and see if I had done enough or if I had to go on the attack in the afternoon stage.

Good news I managed to take out the tt by 23 seconds off my former team mate Gordy, this was now going to be a case of holding on to the lead and trying to extend it if at all possible over the next 4 road stages, Could be a hard task as I was riding solo this weekend and there were plenty of teams to race against, anything can happen and it will be up to me to be on my A game to respond to what happens in the race.

Stage two, Pretty much it went as I had been thinking, a group of 10 got away (including me) after about 10km of solid attacking happening, stayed away for about 50km before the bunch chassed back on for the final 20km run into the finish, I was hoping that it would come down to a bunch kick and that I wouldn’t have to do anything for the rest of stage, not to be though! Gordy escaped off the front with a Placemaker’s rider, this was not ideal a little loss of position and they built up a 40sec lead,

I managed to find a few Welly riders to do a bit of pulling on the front, Andy Hagen, Chris and Lee Evans, and a few others chipped on.

I saw my chance to skip across coming up in the form of a little rise in the road, at the bottom I took off full speed ahead, jumping from the front isn’t always the best move but I didn’t have the option of waiting around! By the top I had closed down 30 sec and had 1 rider on my wheel and the rest of the field spread up and down the hill, I kept going and reached the front of the race, the move had been shut down, and now I was in a four man break with 8km to go, we worked well together and held off the chase

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