Renaes Race 2014
A few photos from Renae’s Race at Vic Park today. In no particular order, the 6 Satalyst riders who raced today, as shown in the group photo, were Michael Fitzgerald, Brendon Meney, Jackson Mawby. Jonathon Bolton, Theo Yates and Tim Sellar.
A great result with Jono Bolton pipping Luke Durbridge in a 2 man sprint. Thanks to Roues Chaudes for another well organised race, as well as the other competitors and volunteers.
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
Team Rider updates
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.
Satalyst Giant Racing Team
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.
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,
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.
Stage 4: Cancelled due to weather
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!
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,
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.
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.
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:
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
Day 3 consisted of a double stage with a 20km kermesse circuit to be tackled 4 times followed by a mid afternoon criterium
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:
Average Power: 255W
Nomalised Power: 268W
Max Power: 1092W
Average Heart Rate: 134
Max Heart Rate: 175
Total Work Done: 1688kJ
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:
Average Power: 311W
Nomalised Power: 317W
Max Power: 1114 W
Average Heart Rate: 166
Max Heart Rate: 187
Total Work Done: 1271kj