2014 Tour of the Great South Coast
2014 Tour of the Great South Coast | 13 Aug – 17 Aug
The next National Road Series event for the Satalyst Giant Racing Team is the Tour of the Great South Coast. Conducted in Victoria’s rugged and spectacular south-west region, the 5-day, 8 stage event kicks off today with two stages in Mt Gambier. The Team will be looking to build on the some promising signs from the Tour of the Murray where the results included a top 10 on GC and a podium position.
The Satalyst Giant Racing Team lining up for the Tour of the Great South Coast is:
- Sports Director: Andrew JACKSON
- 51 Patrick SHAW – Team Captain
- 52 Kane WALKER
- 53 Jackson MAWBY
- 54 Jono Bolton
- 55 Mathew MARSHALL
- 56 Theodore YATES
- 57 Mitchell COOPER
- 58 Alexander SMYTH
Jono Bolton’s Race Report
Kicking off a tour with a double stage was never going to be easy.
Throw in some rain and a maximum temperature similar to our minimum’s back in Perth, bang! Welcome to the Tour of the Great South Coast.
Stage 1 – A relatively simple crit course with four corners and a little hill.
With a bang we were off. Starting close to the back and missing my clip I spent the majority of the race trying to get to the front. The majority of the team did well to get in good position and ride representing I’m the majority of the moves. I finally got close and with 4 laps to go tried to have a little dig off the front. This was to no avail and I was brought back fairly soon after. Coming into the finish the team was hit with a bit of bad luck with our two fast guys Theo and Pat getting caught up in a bit of a crash but luckily they were both able to ride to the finish.
An hour and a half is all we had after the finish of stage one and the start of stage two, leaving us just enough time to get some lunch down and put on some fresh kit.
Stage 2 –
10 laps of a just over 6 km circuit; almost all up hill for the first half and mostly down for the second.
With a sprinkle of rain and the sound of the starters gun we were off.
With sprints and KOM points up for grabs on alternate laps the pace for the first lap wasn’t too bad. With not much action for the lap I was able to get myself into a good position for the first sprint.
Staying close to the front once the points had been claimed and the pace slowed, I decided to attack hoping at least someone would come with me – but to no joy. I decided to keep riding hoping a group would come across. Sure enough one did, but this was soon wound back in and I was able to take a bit of a break, Still being close to the front I was able to follow a few more moves but unfortunately none stuck. It was good to see the team being well represented up the front and not many moves going uncovered.
After a bit more of a rest I decided to have another dig on the far side of the course. After getting a bit of distance I was joined by 4 more riders and with the chance to have a bit of a sit in I managed to get one of the sprints. Not long after we were joined by a couple of other riders and then the group. Again good to see the giant satalyst colours in the mix at the front. With not much left in the tank I did my best to stay with the group and cross the line. After finishing I was stoked to hear I had be awarded the most aggressive rider. Well done to Pat for finishing in the top ten and a couple of the other boys up there to get the team third in the teams category.
Bring on tomorrow!
Race report – Stage 3
Stage 3 of the Tour of the Great South Coast brought a welcome rest day for the majority of riders in the field today. A fast start to the race didn’t allow any breaks to form after the 1.3km neutral section. There was a small break of just four riders that gained a large gap when half the peloton stopped for a “nature break” about 30km into the stage. The bunch was well controlled by just a small number of the Team Budget train keeping the rest of the team fresh for the final kilometres. 75km into the stage the gap had dramatically dropped to the peloton and the break were within sight. The bunch didn’t want to catch the break too soon as that would cause major counter attacks, so as the budget train tried to let the gap increase Satalyst Giant rider Theodore Yates took the initiative and attacked with two others bridging across the gap quickly and joined the breakaway. As a strong unit the break sprung out to over 2 minutes in front in a matter of minutes and the bunch once again enjoyed the buzzing of the freewheel as they slowed to a comfortable pace.
Unfortunately the break with Theodore was plagued by team politics and when they lost cohesion the bunch quickly sucked them back and the race was destined for a bunch kick with around 15km to go in the stage. A high pace mixed with a straight finish caused an absolutely chaotic finish to the stage, and it’s amazing that there were not any serious injuries in the final kilometres. A quick detour via a nice green paddock helped Pat Shaw avoid a crash and enter the top 10 places in the finish while the rest of the team sucked up places in the top 20 getting the team second in the teams classification for the day.
Tomorrow’s stage 4 is a criterium, right through the fishing town of Portland. 30 laps of a 1.6km circuit which contains two hairpin turns and a steep hill will test the legs of the team and the fresh legs in the bunch. The forecast is for nice weather with light winds. The morale is high going into the stage and a good team effort has helped boost the confidence of all the guys here on tour.
From out here on the road,
Mitchel James Cooper & Alexander James Smyth
Jackson Mawby Race Report Stages 6 & 7.
What an outstanding day for the team!
First up was a 40km criterium around the narrow streets of Koroit. The back straight was particularly treacherous. A two-lane road narrowed to one lane side street through a corner. The peloton played it cool, however, and everyone kept it upright. The crit provided a good opportunity for the sprinter folk in our team to give it a hot crack. Pat, Theo and Alex united in the intermediate sprints in to protect Pat’s second place overall. Pat picked up several bonus seconds and retained his second overall at the crits end. The team rode aggressively, with Jono and Jackson both making several attempts to get away. Pat ran 5th in the bunch sprints to pick up 6th on the stage.
The arvo rolled round for a 105km road race, finishing in Peterborough. The race was super aggressive. Breakaway attempts continued right up till the 50km mark where Avanti finally let a break go away. Kane represented the team well in the break, picking up bonus seconds in the intermediate sprints. Jono, aggressive as always, also did a fine job marking breaks. Avanti controlled the race, and by the 80km mark, the peloton was groupo compacto. A 12 rider break slipped away, containing Mitch and Jackson. Mitch contested the KOM in order to protect Pat’s second place on GC. This provided an ideal launch pad for Jackson to launch across to Cameron Peterson, who followed through with a move after placing 2nd in the KOM. Cameron and Jackson worked well for the remaining 15km, caught with less than 1km before the finish. Jackson was gutted the break didn’t stay away, but picked up the most aggressive rider.
The team also won teams classification afternoon, making it two arvo road races in a row, putting the team in the second place overall on teams classification. With a good performance tomorrow, the team could potentially win teams classification.
The team is very proud of their efforts today. Tomorrow we will ride aggressively and hope to win teams classification.
Pat Shaw – Team Captain
Tour of Great South Coast in review
Back home in Ballarat after what was a very successful week for the Satalyst – Giant Racing Team. Firstly the ability of the team as a whole, riders, mechanic (Jamie Kelly) and manager (Andrew Jackson) to push to be better as a unit has impressed me immensely.
We began the tour with firm goals; to be aggressive and create our own opportunities. To everyone’s credit in the team we did exactly that in securing three of the most aggressive stage awards during the tour.
We factored in every major break away during the tour and always fought hard throughout the stages. Which resulted in a fantastic 2nd place in the overall Teams Classification. To achieve this it takes the full effort of all 8 riders everyday in every stage, with the help of Jamie and Andrew with the work between and after stages they do this was made genuinely a lot easier to achieve.
Huge shout out must go to Kane Walker, 14th on GC whilst racing the tour as a massive foundation for our group Kane also spends a huge amount of time on our evening meals making sure the riders and staff are fuelled for the next day and getting the nutrients required to recover. His efforts are as usual with Kane well above standard and not easy job especially after the long hard days on tour.
A big cheer for all the boys, listened to team plan everyday and followed it, even if it seemed crazy, as mentioned our plan was to be aggressive. This made the bunch weaker over the stages, which allowed me to break away on the hardest stage of the tour and take a total of 23 KOM points, securing the jersey for the team and elevating myself to a high individual GC. I’m very heavily marked in these races and without the relentless and highly fatiguing work all the boys do to help me I would not be able to achieve the high GC results I have been.
Although we are not the biggest team in the NRS we sure raced as well as any other this week. We did our sponsors, supporters and ourselves proud, no doubt. Without the support from our sponsors we are nothing. Huge thanks to our title sponsor Satalyst, we really appreciate your support and without it we couldn’t be doing any of this, the huge steps of development and progression is in most parts thanks to your fantastic ongoing support of the team. Thanks Giant Bicycles Australia for our superb bikes, Torq Nutrition Australia for race nutrition and post race recovery (this is a big reason we can back up each and everyday) Cyclemania, Snap, McDonald’s, InfoCrank and all the other Team sponsors.
Lastly thanks to the crew back in Perth doing great work for the team and the staff that were on tour, now focus is only riding the momentum into and beyond Tour of Gippsland (September 3rd-7th),
Tour of Murray 2014
Great result overall with top 10 on GC, 6th in Teams Classification, Kane Walker podiuming during one stage and Pat Saw winning most aggressive rider award in Stage 1
Stage 1 Report – by Pat Shaw
Stage 2 Report
Stage 3 Report
Stage 4 Report
Stage 5 Report
Pemberton Crit 2014READ MORE
NZ Cycle Classic 2014
The next challenge for the Satalyst Giant Racing Team is the 2014 NZ Cycle Classic, which starts on Wednesday.
This international tour has cemented its position as New Zealand’s premier stage race. The 2014 edition has attracted the strongest-ever field contesting the UCI 2.2-rated event. The Satalyst Giant Team, a mixture of youth and experience, comprises:
- Pat Shaw- Team captain
- Michael Fitzgerald
- Kane Walker
- Theo Yates
- Alex McGregor
- Gary Boylan-Team manager
- Adrian Spinelli-Team physio
Big thanks also to Brett Tivers, one of the Team’s alumni who lives in NZ, for giving up his time to help the Team out with local support and knowledge.
Stage 2 - Three SGR riders in the top ten today at the NZ Cycle Classic! More info when it comes to hand
Update after stage 3 -Michael Fitzgerald 7th, Pat Shaw 11th and Alex McGregor 15th. 2 riders in contention for General Classification. Pat Shaw 13th @ 17 secs. Michael Fitzgerald. 23rd at 14 seconds behind race leader
A great week of racing from all involved at the NZCC and for all our helpers like Brett Tivers who was a key helper in all that we did over there.
In summary we finished 6th in GC with Pat Shaw and 4th in the teams classification.
Thanks for all our sponsors for helping make this possible.
Tifosi TDU Sundowner Jan 2014
The Satalyst Giant Tifosi again hosted a sundowner in Adelaide during the Tour Down Under. It was a great night at the Belgium Beer Cafe with over 60 Team sponsors, Tifosi members, Team riders and their guests catching up with mates and enjoying the range of Belgium beers on tap. Most of the crew were from WA but some of the other guests included Andrea Nicosia (PuntoTours) from Italy and Phil Anderson.
There was a bit of excitement at the end of the show when the Satalyst Giant riders who had been racing in a late evening criterium arrived with the news that Jono Bolton was the overall winner of the 3 race series
Norwood Crit 19 Jan
Jono Bolton carried his good form from Nationals to Adelaide winning the A grade Norwood CC kermesse from a 3 man breakaway including Sam Davis.
Good news for those coming to the Tifosi TDU sundowner. Brad Linfield will be joining us. Brad, who previously rode for the Team, has earned a ride in the TDU as part of the Uni SA team.
National Crit Titles 2014
Pat Shaw has won the Sprint Jersey in the Elite Mens national Crit Title.
After the team was well represented by Michael Fitzgerald in 5th and Jono Bolton in 13th we have a fine display from Pat to claim the sprint jersey ahead of the eventual winner Steele Van Hoff of Garmin.
Well done to all the boys who raced today we look forward to seeing how you all end up on Saturday (U23) and on Sunday (Elite men’s)
We thank all of our sponsors for making this possible.
Kind Regards -Wayne Evans
Michelton Bay crits
A strong Satalyst Giant team will be contesting the Michelton Bay crits this week including a special guest rider.
Guest : Mark O’Brien
Mark is one of Australia’s leading riders and won the year long overall national road series in 2012. We were struggling to find a 5th rider to fill the spot from within our ranks with many riders committed to their build up for Road Nationals and track nationals. The boys are very pleased to have such a reputable rider join the team for the series.
The racing should be on SBS mainstream television over the coming weeks so keep a look out for the boys in black and orange.
Stage 3 – Nice work Pat Shaw and the team with a 2nd place – some good company there
2014 Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic Report:Kane Walker
Is there a faster way to start the New Year? Not likely! The 2014 Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic marks the first race of the 2014 cycling season here in Australia, subsequently the debut race for the Satalyst Giant Racing team for both Pat Shaw and myself (Kane Walker). We were joined by the young and upcoming talents of Jackson Mawby and Tim Sellar; both eager to soak up all the experience they could from the racing ahead. Mark O’Brian stared as our guest rider to round out a young and ambitious team.
Stage one always brings with it a sense of anticipation and dread. Some would shy away from the demanding hot dog style circuit of the beach front, due to its volatile nature. Three of the SGR team started, Jackson, Tim and I. Being the first stage, nerves where tense and carnage was a high possibility. Jackson was unfortunately a victim of the repetitious cornering, coming down part-way through the hour long race; however true to his dedicated nature, he was back on the bike and eager to get the most out of the racing. An early break proved to be too much for the chasing bunch, therefore lapping the field. As the race progressed some of the boys tried to get across, following various moves, however these moves did not amount to anything as the break was moving too quickly. The SGR boys retired in the bunch, satisfied to get through the first stage relatively unscathed.
Stage two provided a new opportunity to get into the action, as always position and race sense would be the lessons of the day in this professional field. Joining the team today was Pat Shaw and Mark O’Brian; Pat started the day with a straight to the point pep talk “prove yourself; I don’t give kudos were it ain’t due!” Both Pat and Mark proved to be on good form, making regular appearances in moves. Both Tim and I found the splitting field, early in the race, to be our down fall (refer to lessons of the day- positioning in crits). High winds buffeted the peloton at either end of Eastern Gardens and the fast tailwind on the rough downhill section required maximum effort each lap if you were too far back in the field (one metre blew out to ten in the blink of an eye.) The team was working well together; I closed a few gaps, allowing Marko to move up the front and Pat was teaching Jackson to following moves. This proved beneficial for Pat finishing 14th (however disappointed not be in the top 10). Pat’s high standards and self-expectations are projected to the whole team and results in everyone pushing for greater goals – an excellent role model.
Rain and Criteriums never mix well, throw in the Portarlington circuit with two downhill sharp corners and steep ascents from the beach make a great spectacle for the viewing audience. The Men’s Support Teams race was the first victim of the weather, seeing two riders hit the deck mid race – red flagging the race for the day. Unfortunately the weather also claimed one of the female racers, crashing in the warm-up lap – such is the volatility of the Bay Cycling Classic. Fortune would shine on the Elite Men’s race, as high winds were the worst of the weather. The racing started at a furious pace, as always, the peloton scrambling into the tight corners before the first climb of many. Cold legs would prove disastrous, however the SGR team settled into the fast tempo of the early racing. A crash leading into the climb, about 20mins into racing saw a huge breaking up of the field. Pat had capitalised on his previous day’s momentum to seek the early move and found himself in the company of the previous U23 World Time Trial Champion Luke Durbridge. It wasn’t long before the break had a commanding lead that would see them to the end. Pat was only just edged out by his prestigious breakaway compatriot in a tense headwind sprint, while the rest of the boys endured another day of top shelf racing. Congratulations to Pat for a stellar ride, showcasing the team colours proudly for its first of many podiums for the year.
Final day; the Williamstown circuit proved to be lightning fast from the start, with the first four GC placing’s within a few points of each other. The near hurricane conditions tested the race barriers nearly as much as the riders. This course is renowned as a tight, fast circuit with repetitious bottle necking into the roundabout followed by crosswinds winds smashing the riders; leaving very little chance for recovery. The first 15-20mins was one big pace line. The teams obviously wanted a bunch kick for their GC contenders to be able to contest the intermediate sprints, thus gaining much needed points in a bid for overall glory. With any breakaway doomed to fail, it was inevitable that the finale would allow the crowds to view the fast men at their game. It did not disappoint, with young beating old, seeing Caleb Ewan taking the stage and dark horse Brenton Jones taking GC for his biggest win to date. The SGR boys were content with a solid week of hard racing that brought valuable experience to a young team. The podium result was a great morale booster to round off another Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic.
The younger riders in the team showed great resilience to the professional racing and are sure to have gained valuable experience. Bravo Tim and Jackson. Special mention must be given to Kath and Andrew Mawby for their un-dwindling support of the Satalyst Giant Racing team during the Bay Cycling Classic, as well as the major sponsors that make our competitive participation a reality: Seight Custom Cycling Clothing, Giant Australia, Torq Nutrition, Satalyst, Mcdonalds WA, Inforcrank and Cyclemania. Bring on the next challenge.
Tour of Margaret River 2013
Great result from the 2 Satalyst Giant Racing teams winning the Elite race and taking out each stage and overall – more info here – http://www.tourofmargaretriver.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/tourofmr. Many thanks to all the organisers, volunteers and other teams across all categories that made it such a fun and memorable event
SATALYST GIANT TIFOSI PHIL ANDERSON DINNER THURS 7TH NOVEMBER
Satalyst Giant Racing Team sponsors and Tifosi members are invited to an exclusive dinner with Aussie cycling legend Phil Anderson. Phil is well known for being the first Australian (and first non-European) to win the prestigious yellow jersey in the Tour de France. His daring challenge of the French favourite, Bernard Hinault and his exploits on the road, are stories full of pain, fierce determination and excitement. Ultimately Phil Anderson won the yellow jersey 11 times and rose to number one in the world.
When? Thursday 7th Nov from 6pm
Where? Mezzanine function room, The Vic Hotel ,226 Hay St, Subiaco
The night will include pre-dinner drinks , a three-course meal and beverages.
Prices are as follows:
Tifosi Members and Team Sponsors: $60
Non-member guests: $110
Can you please confirm your attendance by email to Darryl at firstname.lastname@example.org and pay for your tickets directly to the Tifosi Bank Account:
Dawn Cycling Pty Ltd
Acc No 2760 92073
Description: Surname PA
You are welcome to organize your own group or table (8 or 10), or just come along and share a table with the other members.
We look forward to seeing you there. Note that numbers are limited by the size of the venue so, if you are keen, book early.