Tour of Thailand 2013
Paul Van Der Ploeg
DS – Brendon Morrison
Stage 1 Results
|1||Rico Dene Thomas ROGERS||NZL||BCP||35||2:45:57||8||8|
|2||Paul VAN DER PLOEG||AUS||24||+0||5||5|
|3||Anwar Azis MUHD SHAIFUL||MAS||TSG||27||+0||2||2|
|4||Ahmad Fahrullah ALIAS||MAS||MAS||23||+0|
|7||Caleb James JONES||AUS||CCN||25||+0|
|8||Ki Ho CHOI||HKG||HKG||22||+0|
Regularly updated RACE RESULTS HERE
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Stage 1 Report – care of Brad Hall
Hot, flat, fast, hot, & 38c the average temperature and super humid. The three laps of 40km’s where contested at an average of 43.5km/hr. These aspects barely reflect the difficulty facing the riders, more accurately reflective of this effort a comparison of my HR/Power ratio, usually around 2.1 for these type of events, today was around 1.7, meaning 1.7w/hr contraction. This equates to a 20% loss in efficiency. A massive reduction in output owing to the heat and conditions.
After a big lead out for Satalyst-Giant’s go-to man Paul Van de Ploeg, most of the guys involved were cooked which facilitated the significant break for the day. With Paul in the break of 16, we had to push on for better representation, but the break was gone despite 2hrs of peloton-chasing.
Paul consolidated his great ride with a massive push to the line to only get rolled in the final 30m by the fast finishing Rico Rogers, another quality Australian rider. For our first outing as a team unit the guys rode really well: in most breaks, rode as a central unit, looked out for each other, etc etc.
Now the hard work begins in attempting to get our GC rider to gain time bonus in the sprints, or to gain time in a break to leap frog first. What awaits, potentially, for the Giant Satalyst riders is 5 long days of chasing yellow after Paul’s brilliant ride to second on the stage, second overall and wearer of the Green sprint jersey.
Very rarely do riders get the chance to totally empty themselves on the front of a bike race for no other reason than to ride for another GC rider, but this week could provide opportunity for the team to experience a great deal of suffering for a common cause….
Stage 2 Report – care of Brad Hall
We were pretty pumped about Pauls ride yesterday and the legitimate prospect of contesting the race lead today. Our primary intent was to assist Paul by delivering him to breaks and lead him out for the intermediate sprint for the associated time bonus’s…
Easy said than done. The guys rode brilliantly. We claimed the intermediate sprint points with a solid showing on front and were within 1sec of yellow on the road. All this hard work left us momentarily exposed and a significant break eventuated.
On the front we pulled for the race entire. With around 15 riders up the road and about 8 guys pulling we were massively out gunned, but the role of the riders not on GC is simple. Pull until the break returns or death.
Thus we pulled and at best had the 2min group at around 45seconds before the road narrowed and attacks stimulated the bunch to pace at the 45km/hr average.
Around this point Henry and Paul rode clear in an attempt to bridge to the front group. From here on end, Peter, Alex and I were spent from the hard chase and rolled in with what was remaining of the peloton.
Unfortunately Paul lost time from the lead and is now 6th on GC some 45seconds in arrears. The prospect of riding like we did today for another 750kilometers is not an entertaining one, however it would have been great to have the yellow in possession had of we returned the break into the pelotons fold.
Very rarely do you get to empty yourself on the front of a bike race, but today that was required of the riders and to this task they did everything in their power to deliver Paul to the stage result.
Now we turn to 3x 200km days of racing and the very real prospect that the group will dissolve into a blubbering mess… Looking forward to it.
Stage 3 Report – also care of Brad Hall
Today’s long stage adjacent the coast was largely uneventful for us. Despite several breaks being reeled back in, the stage was set for a bunch sprint. To their credit the Malaysian team in yellow road really well and pulled all day along with the help of the Malaysian national team and several other Asian teams. Strength in numbers.
With the final approaching Henry was super proactive, so too were Alex and Peter, in covering moves in an attempt to get clear. With 180km’s of racing completed for the day a small break could easily escape…
However this was not to be, with 2km’s remaining I collected Paul and consistently kept him toward the front ten, as Alex drove forward for the final 500 with the big PV (Paul) on his wheel, the sprint was total chaos with around 5 high speed crashes.
PV made a run for the line but was collected by another training making a faster run to the line, finishing 7th. The guys rode really strongly today in a largely uneventful stage. Interestingly the Power/HR correlation I was talking about on the first day has now crept back to a 10% deficit from the 15% cited on the first day. Slowly we all become heat acclimatised. Part of the severity of the heat here is in the humidity as this reduces the body’s ability to cool via evaporation as humidity is close to 95% most days.
After watching the guys ride today, I would think some of our better days lie ahead. Paul is second on the sprints classification, but more importantly only 45seconds from overall honours. This remains our primary goal and to this end the entire team is required for his service. The boys are rising to the roles of domestique service.
Stage 4 Report – care of Brad Hall
200km’s of undulating terrain formed today’s quest. 100km’s of relatively flat racing until the undulating 100km final. Once we were into the hills everything changed, in a good way.
The group immediately began to splinter as all the Satalyst riders pushed forward. On several occasions we were represented by no less than 3-4 riders. We had talked about the prospect of this section of road forcing a significant split in the group as we all managed to make the front of the splintered peloton through the mid-section of the race.
From here the group came back together as another section of uphill road forced a small move to go off the front. Eventually we had Henry, Paul and myself in the group along with a good number of GC riders. From here continuing attacks whittled the group down further.
Henry was intent on claiming the KOM points and jersey for today’s stage and formed a good three man group up the road with 5km’s of the climb remaining. Some of the best riding I have seen from Henry. Eventually Paul managed to bridge to his front move as the front group had split in two.
Paul hit out for the KOM and took the points and the KOM Jersey for the tour, as this is the only KOM stage. From here the group came back together, with Henry and I working to bridge Paul to moves and keep him in contention.
Henry again hit out in the final 5km’s and rode solo for a good part here, another impressive show of strength highlighting how with age a bike rider can continue to mature.
From here on end Henry was pulled back only to drive Paul again to the front for the final sprint, with 3 riders clear off the front, Paul had 4th sown up, until a Korean rider smashed into his front wheel at 69km/hr destroying a $3000 wheel set. Luckily Paul kept it up and rolled over the line with no points claimed toward the green Jersey. Had this incident not occurred the Green Jersey would rest with the team.
A clear indication of the team good fitness at present was today’s race. Everyone played a pivotal role, Alex and Peter rode really well through the first 2/3’s of the race to set us up for the final nicely. Tomorrow features the final 200km stage over undulating terrain where we again will look for opportunity to move Paul up on GC. Good times, strong riding.
Stage 6 Update
We are very happy that peter english made it onto the podium today by finishing the stage in third place. The stage was absolutely frantic at 49.7 kpmh! Unfortunately though we were not able to hold onto the Green jersey and we ended up with paul second in this category. Fourth overall in teams classification, a couple of podiums and a Polka dot jersey so overall a really good result for the team…… and a huge learning curve for me. Bring on tour de Perth, WA get ready for the V Man!
Stage 5 and 6 Brad Hall report
The fifth stage was largely uneventful, 200km’s of mainly flat/slightly undulating terrain, with a small break of 7 riders moving out to 7mins. The GC team again controlled the race with several other teams.
The final hour saw another 3 teams contributed to the chase as the speed lifted considerably. Due to this format of racing everyone was fresh for the final sprint, a potentially dangerous outcome. With the final kilometres remaining we began our push forward, with each Satalyst-Giant rider looking for the other.
With around 3km’s remaining, we had formed our own train: myself, Pete, Alex and Paul. I was first off the rank, and managed to deliver Pete, Alex and Paul to the kilometre mark, having covered 900m in the minute spent on the front left gutter of the peloton. The boys proceeded to pull at a slightly higher pace, with Alex finally dropping Paul off at 150m to go where he ran second and 4th on the stage as the two riders had manage to maintain their lead from the early break.
A fantastic team effort here, one of the better lead-out’s I have been a part of. Paul had managed to snatch the green jersey and thus we had two jerseys now in our possession.
The sixth Stage was a shorter one to Phuket, 105km’s, with an initial climb followed by some small undulations. Due to this stage being the last attempt for any victory, the whole S-G team rose to the occasion.
We had all warmed up, as though it were a time trial, for the effort. Collectively we were on the front foot as Henry, then Paul proceeded to attempt to get away, with Alex and Peter contributing to the attacks. Eventually, I managed to ride clear after we had exited a narrow tow centre whilst ascending a small rise.
Eventually several riders came across until eventually 27 formed the front break. Unfortunately Paul had not made the split, with Henry and Alex driving the group hard forward in an attempt to bridge the front group.
Peter and I just followed here as the front group was driven out by the Hong Kong team. Eventually the group had a 3min+ time gap as moves again began to ride clear of this selection. I suggested t Pete, now would be a good opportunity for attack after a small break had been reeled in and he was off, clear of the 27man field.
Eventually several other riders went clear and made a 30second move with 10km’s remaining. This group made it to the finish were a 5man sprint to the line eventuated. Pete ran a credible third and was responsible for the moves success, a great ride. I managed to lead the remaining front group home, thus assisting moving us to fourth overall on the team classement.
The team had secured the KOM jersey, second on the sprint classification, two podiums, but more importantly gained valuable experience in working as a unit to deliver a quality opportunity to a quality rider. Paul possesses fantastic ability and the riders have had to all sacrifice their own aspirations for this tour in assisting to maximise our greatest finishing asset.
You will never read about these efforts in the results and they are rarely made mention of elsewhere, except within the team. Henry, Alex, Peter and I rode our arse’s off in the hope that another could claim the result reflective of our collective effort. Whilst the team may not, yet, have a professional license or hold the title of a ‘professional’ team, this last 6 days of racing have very much been all about professionalism.
This includes Brendon’s fantastic work in organising all aspects around the bike for the 9 day period, something he came into with no experience and is now completing the task with maximum efficiency. We simply could not ride as we do without his quality efforts. A great team effort all round.
Great shot of Paul in Green Jersey after Stage 1 - http://instagram.com/p/Xj8nmeBkQa/
Nice mention down the page of Satalyst Giant and the Plan B days.. - http://www.cyclingtips.com.au/2013/04/rocacorba-daily-tuesday-april-2/
Tour of Flanders Tifosi Night
A good crowd of Satalyst Giant Team riders, sponsors and Tifosi got together at the Vic Hotel to watch the Tour of Flanders live on the big screen. Plenty of cycling caps being worn to celebrate the centenary of this classic . Fantastic race with the crowd getting amped up as Cancellara made the move that counted.
As well as watching the race there was a telephone hook up with the Satalyst Giant Team who are in Thailand for The Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Cup Tour of Thailand which runs from the 1st-10th April . Keep your eye on the Team website and Facebook site for regular updates from the Team. Big thanks to ALH for providing the venue.
Tech Park RCCC/SPR Summer Crit
Jackson Mawby, one of the Satalyst Giant Team’s Under 19 development riders, showed he continues to progress with a win in the final criterium at Tech Park in the RCCC/SPR Summer Crit series. Jackson got into a 3 man break with AJ Giacoppo (Huon Genesys) and Henry Morley (Satalyst Giant) with the three working well together for 30 mins with the bunch never more than 20 sec behind. As well as 3rd place on the day Henry took out the prize for best performance over the complete series of races. Big thanks to RCCC and SPR and their volunteers for another great day of racing
State Crit Titles 2013
A great days racing at the WA State Crit championships. Congratulations to everyone that competed.
In a hard fought Open Men’s race that ended in a sprint Brad Hall, finished 2nd behind Steve Hall. In the U19s Satalyst Giant filled the top two spots on the podium with Theo Yates taking the win ahead of Jackson Mawby after a strong leadout from Sam Welsford. Thanks to RCCC and SPR for organizing another top event.
TDU Tifosi Sundowner 2013
TDU Tifosi Sundowner 23rd January 2013
Great sundowner last night with Satalyst Giant sponsors, Tifosi and guests filling the Gallery rooftop bar in Adelaide. A surprise highlight was the chance for Tifosi to have a chat with Aussie cycling legend Phil Anderson. Other special guests included Anthony Giacoppo (AJ), riding in the Tour Down Under for Uni SA, and Eastern States based Satalyst Giant team riders Alex Malone, Paul Van der Ploeg and Peter English.
A few drinks and snacks did not go astray either…
Put it in the diary for next year!
Jayco Herald Sun Tour 3-6 January 2012
Team for the Jayco Herald Sun Tour 3-6 January announced:
- Team Manager : Wayne Evans
- Physio : Adrian Spinelli
- Peter Smith
- Aaron Slavik
- Alexander Smythe
- Henry Morley
- Geoff Straub
- Alexander Malone
Paul Van Der Ploeg
The team is facing a huge challenge. The Sun Tour is one of Australia’s oldest and biggest road cycling events. It’s reputation was enhanced when 2009 winner Brad Wiggins, of England, claimed the Tour de France this year.
Stage 1 – Alex Malone in break all day to claim 5th place and Most Aggressive Rider Jersey – see LINK for Alex’s Blog on CyclingNews
The Satalyst giant racing team assembled for our first race of the season at the Jayco Herald Suntour in Melbourne.
We had a mix of old faces, Peter Smith, Aaron Slavik, Henry Morley, Alex Maone, Alex Smythe abs a new face in Geoff Straub. We also had team rider Liam Dove as an assistant and Adrian Spinelli as Team Physio. Myself, Wayne Evans as the Team Manager.
Stage 1 was a very hot and windy day with plenty of action from the outset. Alex Malone was very aggressive from the start of the race and seemed to be in everything! Eventually he did force a 5 man group away and they quickly jumped out to a 3 min lead. Meanwhile the temperature continued to climb up to 40 degrees! At about the 80 km mark Aaron Donnelly and Bradley Linfield joined the break to make it seven!
Once the break settled down they found themselves nearly 6 mins ahead of an angry peloton which was splitting into many groups on the road as the National team were laying down the law.
Alex finished the stage in 5th and moved up to 6th in GC. The field was split from beginning to end by nearly half an hour! Carnage! We lost Aaron Slavik on day 1 and so we were down to 5! Straub ( Strawberry is his nickname) was left without a bottle for nearly 60km and was very much in trouble at the end. He collapsed and was vomitting, so we had to nurse him back to life. I was upset to see him so distressed and a little annoyed that neutral feed had not serviced him whilst I was in the break looking after Alex.
We once again started very fast and there were plenty of crashes to boot!
Unfortunately Strawberry was in the hurt box and still not recovered fully, so it was curtains for him after approx 40km.
On the first big climb we still had Henry Morley and Malone in the front bunch.
At the conclusion of the stage there was a big crash which took down the front runners. Thankfully the organizers gave everyone the same bunch time.
Alex Malone remained in 7th place in GC.
This was to be the big day concluding two ascents up Arthur’s seat. If Alex could find his climbing legs he stood a good chance of finishing high in the GC.
The stage started at Moonah Links golf course and after a little mucking about for the media we started the race in earnest! And boy did it start fast!! As soon as we hit the first climb we had Peter Smith and Henry coming back from the peloton…. This wasn’t a good sign. Unfortunately they both were legless and never saw the front of the race again. This left us with Smythe to look after Malone. Smythe came back to get some bisons for Malone and then it was curtains for him after 60km. Meanwhile we had the SEIGHT guys in the team car with us. Doug and Tristan are supplying our team for the season with our team kit. Doug was having a ball and really enjoyed his time in the team car.
Back on the road Malone was doing his best to stay with the more nimble mountain goats up Arthur’s seat. He battled on gallantly but lost contact and couldn’t make it back up to the leading riders.
We were very proud of his efforts throughout the tour and he was awarded the most aggressive rider on stage 1. Thanks to the team and all our
supporters. The boys rode as best they could and I am sure we will see some more success come our way this year.
Until next time, keep pedaling
Satalyst Giant Racing Team
See: http://www.heraldsuntour.com.au/ for details
Banyuwangi Tour de Ijen 2012
Banyuwangi Tour de Ijen 2012
With the change of sponsorship and team name to Satalyst Giant Racing for 2013, the Banyuwangi Tour de Ijen was to be the final international race for the Plan B Racing Team. A sign of a long season which began with the Tour of Thailand in April was the inclusion of guest riders Jono Bolton and Dylan Pierre-Humbert in the team. Logan Calder filled the role of Team Manager / DS / Team Mechanic for the tour and demonstrated that his competency on the bike is well matched by his ability to manage a team of riders under difficult circumstances. Regular Plan B riders Peter Smith and Henry Morley were using the Tour de Ijen as preparation for the first big challenge for 2013, the Sun Tour, and I was hoping that some hard racing would help me maintain a good level of form in case I was needed for the Sun Tour. In essence each member of the squad was motivated to perform well and continue building the team culture that has become a feature of the Plan B Racing Team.
Stage One – Banyuwangi to Pulau Merah (124 km)
The plan going into Stage One was to target the sprint jersey and a top 3 placing on the stage. The mountain top finish on Stage Two effectively ruled out any chance of racing for GC and with the feeling that an early break would go the directive from Logan was to get Henry into the front group to contest the intermediate sprints, with at least one other Plan B rider in support. A 1.00 pm start meant that conditions would be hot and humid and as the race got under way it was clear that a number of teams had similar thoughts to ours. For the first 15 minutes after the flag had dropped the speed didn’t fall below 45 km / hr and following a number of splits at the front of the peleton a break of 6 riders was established midway up a 13 km long drag leading to the only KOM for the stage. Peter Smith had managed to force his way into the break and with the peleton in pieces over the top of the climb and strong riders from CCN and the Uzbekistan National Team also present in the break, it was looking good that it would be able to go all the way.
At 80 kms into the race the peleton had reformed and the front group was holding a lead of almost 4 minutes. As the race headed towards a vicious thunderstorm the temperature began to drop significantly which was a godsend to Peter who was suffering in the conditions. The 10 bottles of water which he had taken from the neutral service vehicle an indication of the impact the heat was having on him.
The need to replace fluids almost caused a disaster in the peleton as Jono got tangled up with Dylan as he was delivering water to the Plan B Riders who had positioned themselves near the front of the bunch. Jono was not able to keep control of his bike and hit the deck, fortunately only bringing down one other rider. After a wheel change and 20 km solo chase he regained contact with the bunch as the wet roads began to take a toll on riders not able to handle the greasy conditions. A number of tight corners through the many small villages on the circuit caused havoc amongst the riders not willing to wash their speed off as they came into the turns.
With 15 kms to the finish a chase group containing Henry had cleaved themselves off the front of the peleton as Peter began to pay for his efforts in being at the front of the race and had to let go of the break away group. Riding his own tempo and avoiding a number of riders who went past him only to hit the deck through the slippery corners, Peter managed to hold off the chase group and finish in 9th place, just ahead of Will Heath, riding for the Eddy Hollands Team, and a fast finishing Henry in 13th place.
The rest of the Plan B Team finished within the peleton, happy to survive the trying conditions. For Jono it was a less than ideal introduction to international racing however his chase through the convoy to get back into the race and then make the effort to ride at the front of the bunch when he had regained contact were positive signs as was the fact that his crash had not caused any serious damage to himself or his bike.
Stage Two – Kali Baru to Ijen Crater (147 km)
The team were under no illusions that Stage Two was going to be a day of survival. A 34 kilometre climb rising almost 1800 metres in 30 plus degrees and high humidity sounds hard enough on paper but when you take into account the the climb is up a volcano and that the road has been specifically laid down for the race, the 27 or 28 tooth bail out gear starts to appear inadequate for all but the true climbers. This proved to be the case as really only the first two riders on the stage, Ki Ho Choi (Hong Kong China) and Oscar Pujol (Polygon), actually raced up the climb with the next rider finishing over 7 minutes behind.
The Hong Kong China team rode an exceptional race, chasing down the early break away just before the start of the climb and then riding a hard tempo to set up their main climber. All the Plan B Riders were able to observe this first hand as we rode good position near the front of the bunch, giving us a clear run into the base of the climb and avoiding the surges that were occurring further back in the peleton. 10 kilometres into the climb and it was each rider for himself, Peter Smith suffering early due to his efforts from the previous day and Henry also struggling to find a rhythm as the climb started to ramp upwards. Jono and Dylan were able to remain in contact with the front group until Dylan’s gearing limitation (he had left the cassette containing a 28 tooth gear in his bike bag so was restricted to a 25 tooth gear) began to take its toll. I tried to ride my own tempo, letting go of the front group half way up the climb with the idea of picking my way back through the riders as they went too far into the red. 5 kms from the KOM I went through a bad patch which left me standing on the side of the road for 10 minutes, contemplating riding back down the mountain to the hotel. Fortunately a combination of two bottles of Pocari Sweat, the last of my gels and seeing how bad a condition some of the riders passing me were in was the impetus needed to get me back on the bike and struggling to the finish line.
Very few of the riders who made it to the finish did so without having to walk and push their bikes. In fact, at one point the climb was that steep that riders were not only having assistance from a spectator who pushed their bike but also had another spectator pushing them from behind as they struggled to simply walk up the climb. The ease with which the spectators, clearly locals who walk up and down the mountain regularly, were able to do this while making jokes and sending texts to their friends put our own efforts into perspective.
Jono rode extremely well to finish 27th, only losing a place in the top 20 towards the end of the climb to riders who benefited from extended ‘sticky bidons’ and outright tows from passing motor bikes. The constant encouragement provided by Logan from the team car was definitely a help in keeping Jono moving forward. Also putting in a great ride was Scott Newman, riding for the Eddy Hollands team, who finished in 15th place and rode himself into the top 20 on GC.
For the rest of the Plan B riders it was a matter of getting to the finish inside the time cut. Dylan did a gutsy ride to overcome the lack of gearing, his effort clearly costing him as at one stage he rode past Henry and I saying ‘I’m spasming man!’. Unfortunately Peter was not able to get through the climb as dehydration struck and was forced to abandon. Henry also suffered from dehydration, cramping in both legs simultaneously and informing me as I re-passed him for the third time that he thought he ‘was going to die’. I told him to hang in there but decided not to look back in case he had actually passed out on the road side – I had managed to find a rythym again and didn’t want to risk losing what little momentum I had.
Thankfully the final 4 kms of the stage were less severe although the gradient was still close to 10 percent up to the last 500 metres. The KOM was located 7km from the stage finish but it didn’t signify the actual finish of the climb, merely the steepest point. The effort that each rider made to finish the stage was only matched by the stories which were already being told and embellished as the team cars made their way back down the Ijen Crater to our accommodation for the evening.
Stage Three – Banyuwangi Circuit Race (100 km)
A rev-up from Logan going into the final stage put the team into the right frame of mind to finish the Tour de Ijen off strongly. Despite being down on fire power with Peter Smith not being able to start the day and Dylan suffering from an upset stomach, we still went into the stage with a plan of being aggressive and trying to put Henry into a position to be able to use his fast finish. Both Logan and I felt that an early break would have a good chance as the Hong Kong China team would be happy to ride tempo at the front to protect the lead of their rider Ki Ho Choi but allow all the time bonuses to go to riders other than Oscar Pujol who was 12 seconds behind in second place.
The 10 km street circuit provided some good opportunities to launch attacks and a 45 second gap would put a break away out of sight of the peleton. As expected the race was on from the gun with a number of breaks forming, only to be reeled in by teams who had missed the split.
Half way through the second lap I clipped off the front and went across a small gap to a rider from the Uzbekistan National Team and this was the start of the break of the day. As riders came across in ones and twos it was good to see Henry bridging the gap and with riders from most of the teams present and interested in working, it wasn’t long before the lead had pushed out to almost 2 minutes.
Seeing that a number of riders were keen to contest the first intermediate sprint and that the size of the group was too large to continue working together all the way to the finish, I told Henry not to contest the second intermediate sprint but save his legs for when the group started to attack itself. This started to happen with 3 laps to go as Henry and I took it turns to follow moves that went off the front. At the start of the second last lap I found myself in a small group of 5 riders and with everyone committed, this break looked like it would stick.
The inevitable happened at 5 kms from the finish when a rider from the United Arab Emirates National Team attacked the break. I attempted to go across to him by myself only to be brought back by a rider from the Iranian Continental team who was clearly in combine with the UAE rider. As I was caught the Uzbekistan rider immediately attacked and I was forced to dig deep to regain contact. As all four of us sat up and the UAE rider continued to ride towards the finish, I was aware that two riders who had been chasing us for the last 10 kms were now only 100 metres behind us and that one of these riders was Henry. As I made the decision to wait for Henry and provide him with a lead out to the finish line the Iranian rider decided to hit out, taking the final member of the group, a rider from the WTG Indonesia team, with him. Henry made contact with 1 km to the finish but our combined efforts of me taking him to the 400 metre line and Henry sprinting to try to catch the Iranian and Indonesian riders on the line fell short by just 3 seconds.
Despite the disappointment of missing out on the podium, Henry, Jono, Dylan and myself were happy that we had ridden to a plan which had put us in a position to get a result. Henry demonstrated that he is willing to step up and take the responsibility of finishing off the work done by the rest of the team while Jono and Dylan showed that they can adapt quickly to the requirements of racing at a higher level within a team environment. Although Peter struggled to recover from his efforts on the first stage he again provided leadership out on the road by putting himself into a winning break and always riding good position.
On a final note the riders would like to thank Logan for all the logistical work that he did leading up to the Tour de Ijen and for managing the team while in Indonesia.
Tifosi Membership 2013
With the end of the year rapidly approaching it is timely to look back on 2012 and look forward to 2013.
2012 for the Tifosi kicked off in style with a rooftop bar sundowner in Adelaide during the Tour Down Under. Since then there has been an ongoing schedule of events to feed your passion for cycling including:
- Giro dinner with over 80 guests enjoying a live broadcast of one of the critical mountain stages.
- The recent Tifosi track night where members got to experience the thrill of riding the Speeddome guided by some of the champions of the track.
- Road World Championships sundowner with a telephone interview with Cameron Meyer live from Limburg and members glued to the live broadcast of Gilbert’s outstanding win.
- Sundowner on the balcony of the Vic Park Hotel watching race 2 in the Perth Crit Series.
- Regular Monday recovery rides where Tifosi members and Plan B Racing Team riders come together for a ride and a coffee.
The Tifosi has again been able to provide support to the Plan B Racing Team in assisting WA riders to compete successfully at National and International level. The Team had a solid year punching above it’s weight with 7 podium results in National Road Series and Asian Tours including the iconic Melbourne to Warrnambool.
In 2013 the Team will be known as the Satalyst Giant Racing Team. This follows the decision by Satalyst, who came on board as a mid-level sponsor in 2012, and Giant to step up their support of the Team in the wake of the decision by the new owners of Plan B Wealth Management not to continue to sponsor the Team next year. The Team is still looking for additional sponsors interested in assisting the Team to provide the opportunity for WA riders to step up to National and International level. Please contact Team Manager Wayne Evans email@example.com if you have any suggestions in this regard.
Looking forward to 2013. The focus will again be on bi-monthly functions to feed the passion for cycling. We will stick with the successful Tifosi events from past years (Giro dinner, Tour Down Under rooftop bar sundowner, Classics sundowner, track night) combined with some new events.
Membership Renewal for 2013
Existing members would have received an email (if not please let us know). New Members see form HERE
With your renewal you will receive the 2013 Satalyst Giant Racing Team Racing Jersey. (see design below)
If you’ve got any queries, comments or suggestions on events or anything else to do with the Tifosi please contact either
Change in Sponsors and Team Name for 2013
The Plan B Racing Team announced some big changes for 2013 at an end of year function held recently.
Satalyst, who came on board as a mid-level sponsor in 2012, and Giant have stepped up their support of the Team by becoming joint naming rights sponsors. In 2013 the Team will be known as the Satalyst Giant Racing Team. The Team is very pleased with this development following the decision by Plan B Wealth Management not to continue to sponsor the Team in the wake of a takeover of the firm during the year. Satalyst works closely with business to improve efficiency providing services from IT strategy through to business technology solutions. Satalyst sees its relationship with Satalyst Giant racing team as part of a broader agenda supporting the development of local talent to reach their maximum potential both on the road and off.
The Team is also pleased to advise that four new sponsors, Info Crank, Hall Cycle Training, Box Magazine and Seight, have joined our existing sponsors to support the Team in 2013.
Plan B’s Aaron Slavik tops Armadale Classic podium
Aaron Slavik Race Report
“Before the start the boys and I got together to discuss tactics. We decided that we had to be present in all the moves and try to make the other teams chase so as to use up there strength in chasing.
We rolled around for the neutral lap and the race started, full gas into the first turn…..and then the pace went off! So I attacked as I didn’t want some of the sprinters to get any chance to be comfortable.
I managed to get the gap up to 40 seconds but the bunch then started to chase and by the 15 minute mark I was back in the bunch.
Once back in the bunch it was recovery time and the boys helped me by making sure we had at least one man in each move. By the half way mark a cyclemania rider attacked and the bunch let him go, so I jumped across and we started working.
The pace was hard and the young lad lost track of where we were on the course as I turned onto the first turn and he went straight ahead and took out my front wheel.
I took my lap out and jumped back in the bunch as it came past. From there Chris Beeck,Jackson Mawby,Theo Yates, Henry Morley and myself tried to get clear of the group but some strong turns from Bradely Linfield from cyclemania and Andrew Martin from Q jobs kept it all together.
With two laps to go I started to improve my position as Wayne had discussed with me before the race that if it was all together on the last lap I should launch an attack into the cross wind section up the hill, as once you get to the top it would be hard for any one to overhaul me up the straight. As we came up the outside of the remaining bunch I noticed that Steve Hall from Arbitrage was on the front so I launched straight away so as to make him chase and give any team mates a chance to out sprint him.
I went full gas! I’ve never gone that fast at the end of a very hard race. I railed the last corner at around 50km an hour and put my head down and just went for the line. I must of timed it perfectly as I crossed the line 1st, only a bike length or two in front of Steve Hall.
It was a great team effort from the boys and I was really happy to bring home the victory for the team.”
Well rode guys and thanks to all the other riders, team support, race organisers and marshalls.
Thanks to anonymous sources for the photos