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04 Jan 2014

Michelton Bay crits

A strong Satalyst Giant team will be contesting the Michelton Bay crits this week including a special guest rider.

The Team:
Pat Shaw
Kane Walker
Jackson Mawby
Tim Sellar
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.

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15 Nov 2013

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

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07 Nov 2013

Team Rider updates

SGR

 

Satalyst Giant Racing Team are pleased to announce the signings of some of Australia’s leading riders for 2014.

Pat Shaw formerly of Huon Salmon Genesys Wealth Advisors will be joining the team as the captain on the road and will fulfil a leadership role as part of the management committee. Pat has long been one of Australia’s leading road riders and has been a driving force in the success of the Huon Salmon team over the years and in so brings a wealth of experience to the team.

Pat is clearly excited to be part of the NRS team’s setup and is looking forward to a fresh challenge “I am really looking forward to the 2014 season in a new and very professional setup, helping develop the youth in the team and drive these young guys to succeed and reach their potentials will be my first major goals”

“Wayne runs a very professional setup and 2014 will be an exciting adventure not only for myself but for the entire team, its sponsors and its supporters”

Team Manager, Wayne Evans, is very pleased with his new team captain.” I have known Pat for some time now and have watched him be a key man in his team and I am now pleased that we will have the opportunity to work with him to develop the Satalyst Giant Racing Team to be one of the leading teams in the NRS and hopefully attract some good starts in the Asian Tours. Our young riders will really benefit from having him lead them through the NRS rounds”

Satalyst have also signed another leading rider in Kane Walker also formerly of Huon Salmon Genesys Wealth advisors. Kane has been a consistent winner on the NRS in the years gone and has been a key workhorse in the Huon Salmon setup. He is looking forward to taking on bit more of a leadership role within the team to get back to his winning ways.

Team Manager, Wayne Evans, said “ Kane is another really strong young guy who can mix it with the best guys in the country and I look forward to seeing him blossom a bit under our team as I think there is a lot of growth still to be seen in him”

Satalyst Giant have also signed Alex McGregor from NZ and should see him become a consistent winner in the NRS series. “ Alex is a super strong guy who we think can get amongst the winners circle as he is a diverse rider who can TT and climb well enough to be a threat. I had Greg Henderson give me the heads up about this young rider from NZ who he rated so I looked into it a bit more. I am really pleased to have Alex on for next season after he has been plying his trade in Europe.”

Satalyst Giant have also signed Joel Strathan from Victoria. “ Joel is a late bloomer to cycling and comes with a pretty solid wrap form some of the leading riders I have spoken to. His 5th place at the recent Shipwreck Classic demonstrate his strength and I look forward to putting him in the lead out trains for some of our fastmen like Alex Smyth and Theo Yates”

Lastly but not the least Satalyst Giant Racing Team have signed on of the leading juniors in Australia. Matt Jackson will be joining the team after having rider for the PuraVida Apollo team and comes in with a pretty big wrap as he is the current U17 National Road, TT, IP and TP champion of Australia. Team manager Wayne Evans said “ Matt is one of those exciting talents that I feel can go on and realise the dream of racing the world’s best as a professional in years to come. He is a super nice young guys and can ride a bike like men twice his age and experience. I look forward to supporting him in his quest to make an Australian team for his first year as an U19 rider”

Matt is very keen to learn as much as he can from experienced campaigners like Pat Shaw and the other older guys with loads of experience “I’m really excited to be part of a really successful team and I hope I can gain some good experience from the older guys and do the team proud”

Satalyst Giant is retaining a number of their current roster and will be looking to be a stronger team in 2014.

Any enquiries can be made to Wayne Evans.

Wayne Evans
Manager
Satalyst Giant Racing Team
www.satalystgiantracing.com.au

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30 Sep 2013

Tour of Tasmania 2013

Tour of Tasmania – Stage 1: Mitch Cooper Race Report

The Tour of Tasmania… The pinnacle of the Australian National Road Series. Stage one began with the inaugural and ever imminent Mt Wellington Teams Trial. Being only 17km on paper one may have suggested a brief day in the office, however, with an elevation gain of nearly 1300m to deal with the boys certainly had a serious obstacle in front of them.

Nevertheless the boys all rode as a strong cohesive unit to help deliver a solid result covering the grueling 18km assent in a reputable time of 52min 20sec. Today’s performance has certainly put Satalyst – Giant’s favored climbers in a convenient position to contest the overall general classification during the upcoming seven days of racing.
Mitch Cooper
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Tour of Tasmania – Stage 2: Jackson Mawby Race Report
New Norfolk to Strathdordon

120km of grueling Tasmanian roads over Pyrenean-like bergs is what lay in store for the 6 remaining Satalyst riders today.

A 10:30 race start made for an early wake up call for the riders, a struggle for many after yesterdays slog up Mt. Wellington.

Nonetheless, once the race was underway the lads were active in the peloton, maintaining good position at the front of bunch. The top teams on GC were keen to let a break go, and before the 10km mark, a break of 7 had a 1-minute advantage to the main peloton.

The gap grew to a maximum of 7.42s by the 70km mark, but once the peloton entered the (bigger) bergs of the day, the gap came down very quickly. At the 80km mark the break’s advantage had been reduced to 4 minutes by the charging main peloton. The rugged roads made for tough going and the break began to splinter. Only 4 riders remained at the front of the race.

The only incident of the day occurred 36km from the finish. Damp roads and slippery tires were Aaron Slavik’s undoing, ploughing into a ditch at 80km/h after a treacherous descent. A ditch was not going to hamper the determined Aaron Slavik, nor was it going to break an unyielding Giant bike. After both man and machine underwent a brief de-mangling, they were underway once again, charging towards the finish line.

Mitch Cooper was aggressive throughout the stage. His spectacular ability to go up hills fast launched him into several breaks throughout the day. Unfortunately they were all brought back before the finish.

At the 10km to go mark, only a single breakaway rider remained out front, with a 1 minute advantage. The peloton were on the charge, and with 5km remaining he was back into the fold. A bunch kick saw Euride rider Alex Edmonson take the stage. As one of the 7 breakaway members, this was nothing less than an amazing effort by the South Australian.

All the lads felt strong today, maintaining good position at the font, and being aggressive throughout the day. Aaron made it comfortably within the 15% cut off time, and is due to start the stage tomorrow, despite a possible fractured finger. We will wait and see how he pulls up in the morning before a final decision is made.

For now, we’re about to chow down on another spectacular spag bowl prepared by Mike Sleegers. Lyndon also joined us last night and remains with us till the end of the tour. Both DS’s are doing a cracking job and first time or not, they go highly recommended!

Thanks for reading,
Jackson
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Tour of Tasmania – Stage 3: Peter Hatton Race Report

Damp conditions greeted us before an early transfer from Hobart to Hamilton for start of Stage 3. Unfortunately Aaron couldn’t start after his high speed crash yesterday. Luckily for the rest of us though, the skies cleared just enough to allow for a somewhat cool but relatively dry start to the 104 k stage, stacked with two very difficult climbs around the mid point to the stage. Many attacks early opened the legs and despite significant efforts from the team we were unlucky to miss the early break. Then the first climb hit and the field split in two, we were able to put 3 riders in the front group, but that wasn’t the end of the days action, with numerous more attacks after catching the early break even before the second climb of the day. Mitch was floating up the climbs and through the crosswinds, totally in control he finished with the select lead group and now sits in a very strong GC position ready to attack the brutal stage 5 hilltop finish.
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Stage 4: Cancelled due to weather

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Stage 5 – Westbury to Great Lake: Henry Morley Race Report

In vast contrast to the previous days weather, riders were greeted with blue skies and a zephyr for the start of Stage 5 in Westbury. With many riders feeling fresh after the cancellation of yesterday’s stage, the start was fast and furious with a flurry of attacks trying to get of the front. These early moves were all to no avail, until a break was established shortly after the first sprint point of the day. Our own Pete Hatton managed to force his way into a twelve-man break, which was only given a short leash by the Genesys lead peleton. The rest of the Satalyst-Giant lads were looking after in form climber Mitch “King” Cooper ahead of the day’s final obstacle, the 20km climb to Great Lake. A crash within 5 km of the start of the ascent affected Mitch as he narrowly avoided coming down and was well off the back of the charging peleton, which had the break in check at under a minute. Henry Morley was on hand to tow Mitch back to the already depleted peleton in time for the start of the KOM. Jono Bolt-on played his part in getting Mitch close to the front before settling into his own pace for the rest of the journey up to Great Lake. At the head of the race Mitch started to find his rhythm after his less than ideal lead in combined with the fast pace on the initial part of the climb. Pete had lost contact with the heavily reduced break, which had about 30 seconds on the 25 man front group. Numerous attempts were made by a number of riders with only a few successful in getting across to the front group making it an aggressive end to the climb. Mitch hung tough in the explosive finale, finishing just outside the top 20, 49 seconds down on the stage winner.

We look forward to the coming days of racing, keen to do our all to attain some good results. A big thank you to all our supporters and our main sponsors, Satalyst, Giant Bikes, Bont cycling shoes, Seight Custom Clothing, Hall Cycle Training, Cyclemania and McDonalds.
Hoping for great news from our camp soon!

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Stage 6: Jackson Mawby Race Report

The day we’ve all been waiting for. Gunns Plains. A 3.8km grueling berg that twists and turns its way up some wicked hill in the north of Tasmania. And what a stage it turned out to be!

Right from the gun, the race was on. Straight out of the neutral section and onto a berg. The extremely high pace set by Drapac put riders into the hurt box very early into the race. 10km in and already grupetto had formed!
It wasn’t until after the first sprint point at 22km that we planned to put someone into the move. Following the sprint, Peter Hatton and Henry Morley towed Mitch Cooper up the side of the peloton, then catapulted him off the front of the already diminished main group. Mitch was joined by 3 other riders, and they very quickly built a 45 second lead on the surviving main field.

At the 32km mark, the first categorised climb of the day loomed in front of the riders. A 1.3km nightmare, averaging 13.1%. Mitch did a fantastic job on the front of the break, making it 1.1km up the climb before a charging chase group containing race leader Jack Haig and 3 Drapac riders came barreling past him. Mitch fought hard and ascended with the top climbers in Australia until the 60km mark where a further diminished peloton lead by Genesys brought Mitch back into the fold.

A wild descent followed by an open crosswind section brought us to the base of Gunns Plains. Mitch ascended the climb like a pro, but his earlier efforts in the day caught up to him on the climb. It was at Gunns that we also lost another rider. Peter Hatton suffered a broken rear hanger, and with the team car out of sight, and other teams reluctant to give Pete a spare bike, he was forced to jump into a vehicle for the remainder of the stage. However, a big thanks to GPM Data #3 for giving Pete a lift back to Penguin. Unfortunately, Pete will not be able to start stage 7.

All the lads rode their arses off today. Not one of them arrived back at the team car looking fresh. The great Henry Morley said it “just about the most brutal race I’ve ever done.” The lads worked exceptionally as a team, and it was great to see everyone showing such resilience on the queen stage of the tour.

Cheers for reading,
Jackson

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Stage 7: Mathew Marshall Race Report

The final road stage of the Tour of Tasmania began in intense fashion immediately as the race director dropped the neutral flag. The field was sent up a three kilometre berg at another blistering pace as the day’s break made its move over the crest of the incline.

Although there were some short periods of relief as the initial break got away, the aggressive nature of the course again took its toll on a weakening peloton. The boys were all still present up until the final climb when the Mitch was struck with a little bad luck as he dropped his chain on the brutal gradient of the last categorised ascent. Available team Satalyst-Giant riders came agonisingly close to getting Mitch back into the thick of it during the dying moments of the stage but the relentless Tassie winds made sure it wouldn’t happen.

It was yet another strong performance from Satalyst-Giant. They look to finish the tour on a high with the closing stage of the tour commencing in Ulverstone tomorrow.
Mathew Marshall

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Stage 8: Jono Bolton Race Report

The last stage of an eight stage tour is never going to be easy. Especially following a stage I could barely hang on to! but come 11 o’clock on the final day of the tour with the bang of a gun we were off! With my legs starting to feel better and some inspirational words from out team managers I was ready to race. Before the end off the first lap I found myself off the front in a group of 3, However this group was brought back just as soon as it had formed. Still feeling like I had the legs I went on the attack with the NRS leader Nathan Earle on my wheel I pushed hard for the next lap. deciding this was not the best way to start a 30 lap crit I soon was back in the middle of the group.

After another 25 laps the pace hadn’t dropped much bellow the 50kph mark. Trying to hold my position for the remainder of the race and not go too far backwards in a flash there were 5 laps to go the pace was still insane! By this stage of the tour all the jerseys had been spoken for except for the green sprinters jersey, with Will Walker and Ben Grenda only separated by a couple of points the final sprint was going to be fast. Going around the last corner I tried moving up the best I could, coming around the outside with 100m to go I had done what I could and finished crossing the line in 24th position. This was by far the hardest tour I have ever done. I would like to say a big thanks to the team, sponsors, our great tour managers and every one who has got us to this race.

Jonathan Bolton

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22 Sep 2013

National Capital Tour Canberra 2013

Craig Cooke Race Report

A modified 2nd stage from the original due to a rock fall presented a challenging 120km stage. Many climbs throughout with a variety of gradients, strong winds and a challenging 6km final climb was as brutal as anything on the NRS calender so far this year. Our team had a little bit of help prior to the stage from our stand in team convoy drivers Nathan and Paul who provided fantastic support and local knowledge. As we made our start from the Museum we were straight into the surreal ‘neutral’ phase of the race! Aside from limiting the progress of the front of the field the usual jostle for positions, kamikaze over taking manoeuvres combined with a brief encounter for a few on the wrong side of the road into on coming traffic raised the concentration levels immediately.

Events didn’t calm down as the first sprint points were up for grabs after 4km and then KOM after 8km. Straight away it was pretty clear climbing legs were the order of the day. Our team witnessed no shortage of drama with a spectacular crash at the 50km mark as a rider somersaulted into the bush which left many the wrong side of a split and a very tough day at the office to try and get back to the main group.

Personally, I felt good throughout the stage, being able to move up onthe climbs and hold my position in the top 20-30 places of the bunch throughout the race. For the remaining 70km, as we were on the approach to the final climb, the orange work-a-holics from Genesys seemed to be setting an ever increasing frantic pace for the inevitable Nathan Earle show on the final 6km.

Our team started the final climb with four riders, Jonno Bolton, Matt Marshall, Mitch Cooper and myself. I engaged my usual level of pain for the finale giving everything on the varying gradients to finish 14th on the stage. Thankfully Team Manager Brendon was able to catch me 5m after the line as I was started to lose basic co-ordination of standing as I slumped over the  bike and then onto the grass in a heap, much to pleasure of nearby photographers. Jonno performed well despite cramp to move up many places in the overall classification. Matt had the   misfortune of a puncture early in the climb and worked hard with Mitch for the remainder to achieve solid finishes for an improvement in our overall team position. Two more stages to go
on the final day including a picturesque criterium on a circuit in front of Parliament. More chewing on the handle bars and attentive riding is in store with stages better suited to breakaways and sprinters.

For the statistic lovers:

Time: 3:08:49
Distance: 118.7km
Average Power: 270W
Nomalised Power: 304W
Max Power: 1067
Average Heart Rate: 152
Max Heart Rate (a new recent record for me!): 192
Total Work Done: 3059kJ
Elevation Gain: 1714m

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Day 3 consisted of a double stage with a 20km kermesse circuit to be tackled 4 times followed by a mid afternoon criterium

Stage 3:

After a brief roll out from the accommodation to loosen up the legs after yesterday’s efforts, we were straight into another round of 100% focus for the stage. The first few km’s took us through the main university in Canberra which created quite a hazardous series of left and right turns as well as speed bumps and central reservations.
Jonathan Bolton was straight into the action firing the first attack of the day. Jackson and Alex were both in the next counter that had good potential to stick. Sadly, the next key move disappeared with 4 strong riders as the we sat conserving energy behind the Genesis lead train once more. They were once again doing a fine job of setting tempo.
Alex was using his vast experience guiding me up the field throughout the race as we tried to avoid various hazards as we raced around Lake Burley Griffen. Jonno and Matt managed to escape in a move in an attempt to bridge to the leaders approx. halfway through the stage. Shortly, afterwards, Jonno instigated another move, Jonno’s super aggressive riding may or may not be attributed to last night’s impressive Satay dish. On the last lap, another crash brought down two riders and looked quite painful as we avoided it at over 45kmph. Shortly after this point, Matt Marshall punctured (two in two days) and then after getting a spare
from Brendon in the convoy had further miss fortune. Whilst Matt attempted to get a draft behind the car, a breakdown in co-ordination/communication, ended up with him slamming straight into the rear of the (hire) car. Two dents on the body work from the handlebars, a rather large face smear on the rear windscreen and a very shaken up Matt resulted. Matt, finished the stage and, like a trooper, was ready to ‘get back on the horse’ for the crit later in the day.

Jonno’s valiant efforts were finally brought back to the main field with only 500m to go as the bunch then swarmed past to finish approx. 30seconds behind the leading four riders. Unbeknown to the rest of the team, Mitch suffered a nose bleed from the start of the stage and was quite a sight covered in blood by the end, another brave ride to finish with the main group.

Stage 3 data:

Time: 1:50:19
Distance: 82km
Average Power: 255W
Nomalised Power: 268W
Max Power: 1092W
Average Heart Rate: 134
Max Heart Rate: 175
Total Work Done: 1688kJ

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Stage 4:

We had approx. 2.5 hours before the start of Stage 4, a cirt on a square 1km circuit between the old and new parliament buildings. A gradual 400m rise of approx. 4% up to the finish straight was going to become leg sapping as we tackled 50 laps. The race organisers did a fantastic job of providing this rare opportunity to race in front of such an iconic backdrop. The weather was improving as we prepared ourselves with Brendon’s fine sandwiches for the one hour onslaught to come.

As much as I sit down to write this race report I really can’t do justice to what actually happened. It was painful. About 50 maximum effort sprints over the course of the hour with the skill elements of moving up cleverly, taking 90° corners at near 60kmph and avoiding the odd stray traffic cone that managed to find it’s way into the middle of the finishing straight inside the last 10 laps. I was mentally prepared for the first 20mins being the hardest and then a case of hanging onto a good position and moving past riders that were blowing up and letting the gaps open.

Once we started, I didn’t think I was going to last 5 laps. I think there were very few times that the group was not one big long line. Sadly for our team, as legs became tired and gaps started to appear, by the half way point I was the lone representative battling endlessly to hold position. I was like a fish out of water with my mouth wide open telling myself to keep going. I managed to finish 22nd on the stage, in the main group behind a breakaway pair that held onto a 5 second lead by the finish line.

Thanks to the fantastic support from our sponsors for giving us the opportunity to participate in a remarkably spectacular tour in the heart of Canberra. Thanks to Brendon for stepping up to be our manager and Dorte for handling the logistics, in particular ‘doing our shopping’ online and having it delivered to the accommodation for us. As I fly back to Perth with sore legs, back, throat and generally exhausted, four of our team continue onto Tasmania (Mitch, Matt, Jonno and Jackson) with Alex and Peter putting the final touches to their preparation for the arduous Melbourne to Warrnambool in a few weeks’ time.

Stage 4 data:

Time: 1:08:01
Distance: 47.5km
Average Power: 311W
Nomalised Power: 317W
Max Power: 1114 W
Average Heart Rate: 166
Max Heart Rate: 187
Total Work Done: 1271kj

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16 Sep 2013

Pinjarra Classic 2013

Henry Morley Race Report

With rain and wind forecast for the morning it was nice to be only greeted by the latter for the start of the 2013 Pinjarra Classic. 138km over a 2 lap course through rolling terrain lay in front of the 30+ starters in the Elite Men’s event. With the wind ripping through the parcours it was set to be a tough day out. The Satalyst-Giant Racing Team had a strong contingent of 8 riders in the field, each capable of winning the race & wanted to take advantage of this and their superior numbers.

Forgetting the fact there was along way to go in the race, attacks went from the gun & before the first major climb had been reached a solid break formed containing 4 SGR riders (Pete Hatton, Jono Bolton, Michael Fitzgerald & Henry Morley), Wade Longworth (Arbitrage), Ryan Willmott (KD cycles) & Matty Upton (Dome Coffees). Pete Hatton set a frantic pace up the first climb not only dispatching Matty Upton & Ryan Willmott, but also further establishing the breaks advantage. From there it was a Team Time Trial with Wade sitting on the back of the Satalyst locomotive.

Back in the bunch the rest of the SGR gang were being very proactive in not letting anyone else slip up the road without being represented. Jackson Mawby & Aaron Slavik along with Luke Pledeger (Bianchi-Lotto-Arbitrage) & Jon Gregg (Brooks) made a gallant effort to get across to the days major move to further bolster our numbers up front but were bought back into the fray after being out there for over 20 kilometres.

The break upfront continued to build on what would be an unassailable lead. Halfway through the 2nd and last lap the SGR riders at the head of the race set about getting rid of Wade Longworth, which proved to be a tough task. The young man showed great resolve and strength in dealing with the initial attacks before Bolton, Morley & Fitzgerald forged clear never looking back to make it a Satalyst 1,2,3! Pete Hatton worked with Longworth to the finish and outkicked him for 4th. The depleted peleton was lead in by our own young gun & recently crowned world champion on the track, Sam Welsford, after a superb lead out from Aaron, Jackson, & Theo Yates.
Fantastic teamwork was the key to the days successes and this all bodes well for the teams upcoming challenges in the National Road Series, with The Capital Tour (Canberra) & The Tour of Tasmania just around the corner. We look forward to these events & bringing news of further accomplishment.

Thanks to our sponsors and supporters as well as the race organisers, volunteers and other riders.

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23 Aug 2013

Sam Welsford Worlds journey…

My Worlds journey…
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In February, I was fortunate to be selected to represent Australia at the 2013 Junior World Track Championships following some good results at nationals. Over the following months in the lead up to the competition, we had two training camps in Tasmania and South Australia. After an intense 3 week camp in Adelaide, we headed to Scotland. The day we arrived, we got to check out the new Sir Chris Hoy velodrome in Glasgow, where it all began to sink in as to what we were here to do. After recovering from Jet lag, we hit the track for some final hit outs, which also gave us a glimpse of some of the other 32 rival countries.
Day one of competition kicked off with the Mens Team Pursuit Quals. We were last off so we knew what we had to beat. We went out there and rode a comfortable 4:09 which was 3 seconds faster than New Zealand who qualified second.

As we lined up for the start of our final, the nerves started to kick in, but we all knew what we had to do. Gene Bates our coach guided us on to ride a 4:06 and to the realization that we had achieved the gold medal. It was a once in a life time feeling being on the podium looking towards your home flag.
I was fortunate to get starts in the Scratch race and Kilo TT were I learnt so much. My last race was the Maddison which was held on the last day and I was paired up with South Australian Josh Harrison. As we lined up on each side of the track we realized that with 30 other riders out there, this was going to be one hectic race. We showed our colours early by leading the first half of the 120 lap race but we missed a change and I got caught up the back of a French Rider and hit the deck leaving Josh to take up the slack. It took a couple of laps but after persuading the medical team I was ok to race, we got straight back in the mix but unfortunately while I was down, the eventual gold and silver teams took a lap on the field. Josh and I attacked hard and aggressively to try to get a lap but to no avail. After a lot of carnage out on the track we were ecstatic with our bronze medal.

This was a incredible first time experience and to be a part of an Aussie team where every rider got medals was even better. We had a great team of coaches and mechanics plus lots of Aussies and flags in the crowd to cheer us on.
Thanks to everyone who has supported me! Cheers Sam Welsford

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18 Aug 2013

Collie-Donnybrook Handicap 2013

Collie to Donnybrook 2013

Riders Racing:

  • Henry Morley
  • Johnothan Bolton
  • Michael Fitzgerald
  • Jackson Mawby

104km’s of swap-off pain is what lay in store for myself, Henry, Johno and Fitzy at the start of the day. I managed to get up for second fastest by days end, only 25 seconds off the all time course record. But the day was not without incident.

First order of business was checking out the handicaps. All but myself were off scratch, me being off block, 3 minutes in front of scratch. Consultation with the rest of the team led me to the decision to roll through with block. I was feeling strong at the start of the day and felt I would be capable of swapping off with scratch despite rolling through with block.

Race underway, and straight into a set of challenging, rolling hills. With the front bunch more than 30 minutes in front scratch, we had it all to do.
20km’s in and block group had caught the group in front. A super-group was formed, and with 15-20 blokes swapping of nicely, we were on the charge!

At the turnaround point in Donnybrook, the super-group smashed it out of town, re-energised with a delightful tailwind. We were also able to guage how far scratch was behind us. I gestimated they had made up 1 minute on super-group. With a forceful tailwind, and almost triple the riders of scratch, it would be touch-and-go whether scratch could make up the remaining 3 minutes.

25km to go and the hills once again came into play. We received a time check at the beginning of the climb, indicating there was still 9 minutes between us and the front bunch. It seemed it was not going to be our day for overall race contention, but fastest time was all to play for. Scratch fought long and hard to make up ground, but it wasn’t to be. The strong tailwind played in favour of the super-group and we had put several minutes into scratch in the first half of the return journey.

A fierce pace was set up the first set of hills. The super-group was beginning to split. I sat towards the front of the bunch, and followed any attacks that soon came. A big attack up the most challenging climb further split the field. I was feeling comfortable up the climb, but with several strong riders from different teams still holding on, it seemed a break away was not going stick. I continued to swap off and force the pace on the front of the remaining riders, attempting to confirm fastest time of the day.

1km out from Collie, and the lead out trains were in full swing. After a heads up from a hard riding Reece Tucknott, I jumped on the back of the Bianchi Lotto/Arbitrage lead train for Luke Pledger, with Eddy Hollands’ Andrew Williams sitting on my wheel.

Final corner, 300m out from the line, and myself, Pledger and Williams all kicked together. Williams was the strongest of us, putting a bike length or two in front of myself. I was strong enough to kick round Pledger but not able to reel in the flying Andrew Williams. Fastest time went to Williams, myself second and Pledger 3rd.

Great to see assistant manager Matt Davis and Tifosi member Gary Boylan both achieving top 10 overall finishes. Thanks to all the sponsors and supporters.

Jackson Mawby

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01 Aug 2013

Lakes Oil Tour of Gippsland 2013

The Lakes Oil Tour of Gippsland (http://nationalroadseries.subaru.com.au/events/tour-of-gippsland/) kicking off on Wednesday is an 8 stage road tour that starts on scenic Phillip Island, and includes a stage on the infamous Grand Prix circuit. The Satalyst Giant Racing Team lining up for the race is:

Liam DOVE
Henry MORLEY
Mathew MARSHALL
Peter ENGLISH
Mitchell COOPER
Jackson MAWBY
Paul VAN DER PLOEG
Aaron SLAVIK
Gerry & Jenny VAN DER PLOEG- Team manager and support

Day 1 – Peter English Report

The Lakes Oil Tour of Gippsland 2013, one of the most highly regarded NRS Tours with a quality field, this is a race that all of the Satalyst Giant boys are keen to make an impression on.

Day 1 saw the race start in the familiar and picturesque surrounds of Phillip Island. The team shacked up at the Kilcunda Caravan Park overnight, and shipped across to the island in the morning for the first stage in Rhyall. As a wise man once said; “I could think of worse places for a bike race.”

The Rhyall Crit, a 1.4km circuit with a water view was a great way to kick the race off. A very early flat for Jackson Mawby and another for Aaron Slavik, did not help proceedings. Jackson was pretty keen to launch himself off the front early, which was not to be on this occasion. As an Under 19 rider though, many opportunities to do so are still ahead of him.

All was well in the bunch until 4 laps to go when the hammer was dropped. The Satalyst Giant boys were riding good position in the first 30 riders when a rider came down in front of Jackson. The team unfortunately came off second best with 4 of the riders getting caught up. Peter English broke a front wheel, Aaron Slavik a rear, and Jackson Mawby a rear and a set of handle bars. Henry Morley was also caught up, which left Paul Van der Ploeg to chase with Mat Marshall. Proceedings were not helped with another pile-up on the last corner for the remaining peloton and both crashes were given bunch time. Welcome to NRS crits.

Between stages, Jackson inherited a new set of bars from Gerry Van der Ploeg’s Giant and half the team scavenged some new wheels. Peter English also enjoyed a cup of tea from the locals who were out to watch the race.

The Phillip Island Grand Prix track is certainly iconic and an amazing place to race a bike, engine or no engine. This was the scene for Stage 2. Coupled with stunning weather, this stage was a real treat!

The team went off with the objective of getting some some intermediate sprint points and to contest the stage, a plan which was easier said than done. Both intermediate sprints were hotly contested with Henry Morley instrumental in the first to try and get Paul VdP up for the spoils.

The team was well organised for the second intermediate sprint with Mat, Jackson and Peter all assembled in front of Paul. A well executed plan which didn’t take the cake with Paul coming in fourth.

The final few laps were chaotic as always. The team once again tried to get Paul up for the win. A massive pull by Aaron gave us great position going into the final kilometer. After a big effort by Mat, Peter dropped Paul off with around 300m to go, but we just didn’t have the horsepower to get him exactly where he needed to be. There will be more opportunities for us in this race.

We unfortunately lost Liam Dove after stage 2. A recurring problem with his ITB has meant the he had to make a call to pull out. In true Liam style, he has offered to stay with the team for the rest of the week to help out. What a legend.

The team then headed to the local Kilcunda pub for a dinner with the Seight Test Team and are now readying for tomorrow which will likely see the first settling of GC for this tour, with a 91km stage from Leongatha to Yinnar.

Peter has now got some hospital issue, knee length compression socks; much to the delight of Mat. Mitch is becoming acquainted with talcum powder. Liam is recovering money from the supermarket after he forgot to pick up $50 cash out. Mat is enjoying his hospital issue, knee length compression socks. Jackson is licking his wounds. Aaron is reading. Paul is missing his girlfriend. Henry is being a boss and Gerry and Jenny Van der Ploeg are sipping on gourmet, artisan tea.

All is well in the camp.
SGR
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Stage 3- Leongatha to Yinnar: Jackson Mawby Report

91.6km’s of harsh, undulating Gippsland road is what lay in front of the SGR boys at the start of the day. With 1300m of climbing indicated, today was going to hurt!

Immediately the race started climbing out of Leongatha, and the race continued uphill for nearly 20kms. Aaron Slavik and Matt Marshal were keen to get in the early breakaways, and covered the moves well. Both men jumped in the most substantial morning break and swapped off hard, hoping to establish a substantial gap. Despite their efforts, many teams had missed the break and escapees were reeled in.

At the 34km mark, a 3km climb averaging 6% took its toll on the peloton, with splits forming in the 140-rider cartel. At the top of the climb, a very select group of riders had a ten second gap over a 30-man chase bunch. Matt, Mitch, Jackson, Henry, and Paul had all made the 30- man split, with Aaron chasing hard due to a crash in the bunch. With Paul in the split, Matt directed us to get on the front and start chasing- not many other sprinters had made the split and Matt recognized we had a unique opportunity to win a stage. Great initiative from the young man.

After pulling some big turns to bring back the leading riders, Mitch launched a move off the front and was joined by numerous riders form Budget Forklifts, Euride, Genesys, Search2Retain and VIS. The stage winner, Alex Edmonson, came from this group. After some hard chasing by Aaron, he rejoined the main chase bunch.

A winding and dangerous descent saw many crashes in the chasing bunch, one involving the yellow jersey, Ben Grenda. The general consensus among the peloton was to show good bunch etiquette and wait for the yellow jersey. Unfortunately this allowed some 50 chasing riders to rejoin the main peloton.

The final 10km was chaotic as always. On the final KOM, Mitch ran out of legs after pulling hard turns all day in the breakaway. The peloton and caught Mitch at the top of the final KOM, and from there it was a downhill run to the finish.
Henry cleverly came to the front of the peloton and pulled some strong turns to bring the break back. In final kilometres, Matt and Paul were well organised and made for the front of the bunch. The David and Golliath combination just ran out of road after being aggressively hooked out of position.

After swapping war stories after the race, we learned Aaron had broken his saddle during the crash and rode the last 50km on saddle sitting at 45 degrees! An outstanding effort.

Despite having a bad day on the bike, Peter English remains uplifting as always and is in good spirits. Tomorrow sees 36km criterium in the town of Sale followed by a 97km road race in the afternoon, a very testing day on the horizon.
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Day 3 – Stage 4 & 5 Henry Morley race Report

What a day!
The Sale Criterium was the first course on the menu. We were greeted with rapturous applause from the local Primary School kids spurred on by the voice of WA cycling, commentator Matt Poyner. The fast flowing 1.2km circuit made for a quick and aggressive race. Enter Paul Van der Ploeg. The big brute of a man (quote from a Huon Genesys tweet) had stated his aims to attack in the morning and he spent more time of the front than he did in the pelo. Unfortunately his numerous attempts to get away were to no avail, as well as those of others. Anthony Giacoppo won the bunch sprint in convincing style. Meanwhile the rest of the team was doing their best to get safely through the race in preparation for what looked like a brutal afternoon stage on paper. A 97km journey to Licola, placed in the foothills of the Great Alpine Range.
Enter the weather. The wind picked up during the morning and the rain was also on its way. Riding in good position was crucial with the winds ripping through the peleton but with all the teams having the same aim it made for a chaotic opening to the stage. The bunch split and came back together numerous times in the cross winds before the action really began at the first KOM of the day at 68km. Paul “the brute” Vandy was on the attack again getting over the first part of the KOM with Dan Bonello before Genesys and the wind ripped the race to pieces over the exposed ridge at the top of the climb. Aaron Slavik, Mitch Cooper and Henry Morley worked hard to place Paul and Matt Marshall in the front split of around 20 riders. Mitch selflessly sacrificed his own chances in getting the boys in a position to contest the stage victory.
There is nothing you really need to know about the last 25 kilometres other than it was comparative to sitting on your exercise bike, under a cold shower, in front of an industrial fan. However the pace up the final climb was ridiculous in Matt Marshall’s words and the boys were gapped near the top and along with others, which meant they were unable to contest stage honours. The rest of the lads rolled in safely albeit a tad cold.
We headed back to the riverside ranch in Stratford for hot showers followed by a superb spread put on by the Seight Test Team. We look forward to attacking the racing again tomorrow in search of a good result.
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Lakes Oil Tour of Gippsland – Day 5: Peter English Report

The end of the Lakes Oil Tour of Gippsland came on Sunday afternoon after a brutal criterium in Traralgon. The ‘hotdog’ circuit had a considerable hill injected into it, coupled with a roaring headwind up the home straight and the said hill.

The morning began with most riders from Satalyst Giant and the Seight Test Team running around trying to locate their sprawled goods of the last four days. Paul VdP decided to have a nap in the back of the Subaru whilst this was going on, feeling the effects of a few very hard days racing, and a crash two days prior.

The team arrived in Traralgon and promptly escaped the imminent foreclosing weather at Three Little Birds, a local brewhouse around the corner from the track. The team enjoyed a last debrief before the 8th and last stage of the Lakes Oil Tour of Gippsland.

After getting organised and completing the routine warmup, the crit was on and the pace was reasonably absurd. The trick was though, that given the surging nature of this course it was actually easiest on the front, or on the back; not in the middle. Around half way through the race, most of the Satalyst Giant team had received the mid-peleton memo from Paul VdP that the back was the place to be and that is where the majority rode the rest of the race. Paul eventually stopped foxing and came in for a strong 6th place on what was a difficult day at the end of a difficult tour. Five of the seven Satalyst Giant riders finished the last stage in a hugely depleted field. Incredibly, the yellow jersey stayed on the shoulders of Jack Anderson (Budget Forklifts) by the slimmest margin possible; 1-second!

It can be said that the team was somewhat unlucky to not come away with more from this tour. Every effort was made by all members of the team, both on and off the road, to net a result. In some instances, we didn’t have the legs. In others, we didn’t have the luck. That’s the way the cookie crumbles.

A huge thanks to Gerry and Jenny Van der Ploeg for selflessly investing their time in the team in their support role during the tour. A job which doesn’t carry much glory, but one which is hugely necessary in enabling us to race our bikes. Thanks again from all of the team, much appreciated.

To the Seight Test Team, a seamless display of logistical prowess. Thanks for having us on board.

Finally, thanks again to our sponsors; Satalyst, Giant Bicycles, McDonald’s, Bont Cycling Shoes, Seight Custom Clothing, Kask Helmets, and to all of our supporters and other sponsors.

SGR

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11 Jul 2013

Jackson Mawby – U19 Nationals Report

Beautiful Noosa was the setting for the u19 Nationals 2013.  Postcard views, moonlight swims and drop-dead gorgeous beaches (and women) made this trip feel like a big group holiday, for the first few days at least.  Having not elected to ride the time trial, I had several days to relax, enjoy myself and enjoy the finer things Noosa had to offer.  The heated pool and spa of our picturous apartment was a personal highlight.

Come the day of the time-trial, I tried to make myself useful to all the other guys and gals riding the time-trial.  The hour before the start of a time-trial is always very nervous for the riders, so it mainly consisted of me handing people food and drink, swapping aluminium wheels for discs and being told to go away.  I had the privilege of following teammate Sam Welsford in the team van.  Sam blitzed the first half of the course, sitting on excess of 60km/h on the flatter sections of the course.  Sam was also fortunate enough to have a radio in his back pocket, allowing Darryl Benson to give sound advice and relentless encouragement throughout the tt, guiding Sam to a solid 21st position, covering the 19.1km course in 25:33, a more than respectful time on a challenging, undulating course.

That afternoon, Andrew Jackson and myself set out on a motor pace to reco the road racecourse.  100km later, at a fine brew shop, we concluded the major features of the 20km course included:

  • 1, 2km berg, hitting 15% in places.
  • 3 smaller climbs, still capable of splitting the pelo.
  • Fast descents.
  • Narrow roads, lined with potholes.
  • An uphill run to the finish line.

The course was certainly a challenging one, offering numerous opportunities for dreams to be lived or hearts to be broken.  For the men, it was to be raced 6 times.  For the women, 4 times.

The following day was a rest day, allowing for the rest of the crew to reco the road racecourse.  We tapped out the first 40kms before opening up the taps for a little leg sharpening effort, then jumping in the vans and driving back to paradise to rest for the road race the following day.

Saturday.  Race Day.  Time to switch on and sharpen up.  First though, getting through the 5:45am wake up.  Once that was over, it was all focus.

The first challenge, positioning on the start line.  Often one of the most challenging aspects of a race was fighting for a good position on the start line.  Being a national title, bodies were nervous and tension was high.  Even though I arrived on the start line 15 minutes prior to race start, I only managed to secure a spot in the 3rd line of riders.  No matter, once the race was underway, and into the neutral section, I was able to duck down the inside and place myself directly behind the lead car, an ideal position to be in before official race start.

Once the neutral flag was dropped, it was WA rider Tim Sellar attacking straight away, quickly developing a 30 second advantage on the main peloton.  The peloton cruised to the first climb of the day, where attacks began in earnest.  Sellar was soon swallowed up by the main field, which was reduced by 30 riders, that is, until, the chief commissaries halted the race because of too many riders crossing the double white lines.  Sarcastic comments arose from the peloton as we received a lecture on how to distinguish our left from our right.  The race was restarted 5 minutes later, allowing the dropped riders to rejoin the main peloton.

Lap 2 was undoubtedly the quickest toughest lap up the main climb, with constant attacks and the New Zealanders determined to split up the main field.  However, at the end of the second lap, some 50 riders still remained in the main peloton.

Each time up the main climb, the main peloton was reduced by a handful of riders.  At the bottom of each climb, Sam Welsford would ride to the front of the peloton with myself on his wheel and drop me off at the front of the group, putting myself in an ideal position to cover any dangerous moves each time up the climb.  Sam would then drift back through the peloton, and hold on for dear life.  Sam was an irreplaceable asset throughout the race, major props to him for all his hard work and determination.

On lap 3/6, WA rider Reece Tucknott attacked with fellow WA rider Lawson Mills, quickly establishing a 1:05 advantage over the main peloton.  Reece proved a little to strong for Lawson over the climb, unhitching him from his wheel, before dropping back to the main peloton.  Reece continued to power on, staying ahead solo for more than one lap of the course, before deciding his breakaway was not going to stick, sitting up, taking on some food and water and waiting for the main peloton.

Meanwhile, I conserved energy, covered dangerous moves and remained safe at the front of the main peloton, thanks to the efforts of Sam Welsford and Luke Sleegers.

On the final lap of the course, all hell was released, with the specialized climbers unleashing everything they had on the peloton in order to establish a break.  A two man break was established on the remaining peloton, but gained no more than 15 seconds, and was quickly reeled in on the descent.  With 5km to go, only 23 riders remained in the peloton, Reece and myself the only WA riders surviving the onslaught.  The attacks were still coming thick and fast.  Between us, Reece and I were able to be amongst all of them, either covering dangerous moves or initiating breakaways ourselves.  With 1.5km to go a dangerous move consisting of Tom Kaesler (SASI), Ryan Cavanagh (QAS) and Ayden Toovey (NSW) had slipped away with a 7 second advantage over the main field.  Reece selflessly rode the front of the peloton with myself on his wheel to reel in the breakaway.  With 600m to go, it was all back together again, with a sprint finish imminent.

At 300m to go, a short steep hill provided a launch pad for several riders starting there sprint for the line, however they were swallowed up by the leading riders.  I was boxed in at 300m to go and had to fight my way out to start my sprint at 150m to go.  I was passing riders and lunged to claim 5th on the line.  Prevailing was ACT rider Michael Rice, Daniel Fitter 2nd (QAS), Ben Carman (QLD) 3rd, Alistair Donohoe (VIC) 4th and yours truly 5th.

It was a brutal race in very humid conditions.  Without the support of fellow WA teammates Reece Tucknott, Sam Weslford and Luke Sleegers, a top 10 finish would not have been possible.  A big thank-you for all their efforts during the race.  I am very happy with this result, and look forward to a rest week before beginning my prep for the back half of the year.  Too many people to thank for too many things but just quickly, huge thank-you’s to the team sponsors Satalyst Giant, Andrew Jackson, Matt Burton, Chris Howard and my parents for all they have contributed to my cycling endeavours. Thanks also to Paul McRedmond for the photo

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