Rest Day Report
The last couple of days for the Satalyst Giant Racing team have involved anything but racing. After the culmination of Battle on the Border, the team was in need of some recuperation.
Monday involved a few hours of coffee shop time for the more busted units such as Theo Yates and Peter English, followed by some beach time and then reading time.
The more adventurous team members went on Mathew Marshall’s version of an easy recovery ride; 1000m vertical with some climbs reaching 20%, this was probably not what the doctor ordered! However, the boys took it upon themselves to sample some of Queensland’s finest and came back to the resort laden with avocados, sugar bananas and guava.
Tuesday was much the same for the lads, with Peter English still nursing a sore leg, riding was fairly minimal. Through a connection of Geoff Straub, the team had a masseuse come to the room for a 45 minute session each. Quite the setup getting a massage with the spectacular sights and sounds of the ocean just outside the room.
The team headed down to Broadbeach for dinner to a Japanese restaurant called Cha Cha which came highly recommended by Geoff Straub. It certainly did not disappoint. Everyone enjoyed a wine and a good feed in great company, getting ready for the Tour of Toowoomba which lay ahead.
This morning (Wednesday), the team left Tugun early, bound for Toowoomba. At 10am we had a store appearance at a local Giant dealer in Toowoomba, Bennett Page Cycles. The store has sponsored the Tour of Toowoomba, so get down there if you need anything whilst here. This was followed by interviews with the Toowoomba Shire Council and with local TV. Adam Semple also took delivery of a new set of Zipp 202′s. Christmas in Toowoomba.
This Tour is being met with much anticipation. Having ridden around Toowoomba today, the roads are exposed and wind will play a big role in this race. The team is once again ready to roll and are looking forward to a great few days of racing.
Thanks again to all of our sponsors, supporters and management.
Battle on the Border
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The next NRS event, the five stage “Battle on the Border” kicks off tomorrow and includes two tough mountain stages. The Satalyst Giant Racing Team already on the Gold Coast and looking forward to the challenge is :
• Chris Beeck
• Peter Hatton
• Peter English
• Adam Semple
• Theo Yates
• Alex Malone
• Geoff Straub
• Mat Marshall
• Brendon Morrison (Tour manager)
————The boys at the start of Stage 1 ————
Alex Malone Stage 1 Report
The opening day of the Battle on the Border would take the 130-odd rider peloton on a 111km journey from the sunny, beachside location of Point Danger to the breathtaking heights of Mount Warning – a shield volcano that would test the resolve of any who arrived with general classification ambitions.
Satalyst-Giant was to be well represented in the second round of the Subaru National Road Series with a motivated eight-man squad led by Adam Semple – who came fresh off a fine second-place on the gruelling Kalamunda stage at the Woodside Tour de Perth.
Semple will be supported through the four-day, five-stage tour by Theo Yates, Peter English, Pete Hatton, Chris Beck, Alex Malone, Geoff Straub and Matt Marshall with any number of riders more than capable of securing their own result. For Day 1 however, the team was focussed on getting Semple and Hatton to the base of the taxing final ascent to Mount Warning.
The race kicked-off under neutral conditions for while the bunch made its way out through the busy city streets. The race was finally started after a quick pit-stop to ensure all the riders were together and the pace was immediately on.
In standard NRS fashion there would be little chance of an early break going clear. Former U23 national criterium champion Ben Grenda (Polygon) was the only one to enjoy a brief sauté off the front. His time was however, short-lived after a moto-marshall collided with the bunch. With riders crashing and other scrambling to get back in the race organisers called “neutral” once more. The kind-spirited Semple stopped to assist one rider who had been squashed under the fallen motorbike and once everyone was attended to, the race could start once again.
The up and down nature of the course made establishing a break difficult but not for lack of trying. Satalyst-Giant were active, ensuring nothing went away without representation from the Perth-based squad. The bunch was relatively intact until the second KoM that came inside the last 25km.
This was where the action occurred. Semple, Hatton and Marshall were the three Satalyst-Giant riders who went clear with the front group and that would be the winning move. Approximately 15 riders made the selection and with three in the break including a potential stage winner Semple, Hatton and Marshall were called to action to ensure the chasing peloton would not close the gap.
Hatton would be the last man standing after a stellar job along the lower slopes of the 4.5km climb. Then it was up to Semple to do his thing. Hitting the first 20 percent section it was Semple, Jack Haig, Jai Crawford (Huon Salmon-Genesys) and Eric Sheppard (search2retain-health) who were all grovelling in unison with Semple and Haig eventually getting a small gap over the chasing duo.
With less than one kilometre remaining Haig and Semple were still away but the final ramp, that included pinches nearing 25 percent proved too much and Haig pushed ahead to a well-deserved victory. Semple was close behind but a late charge from Crawford and Sheppard would end his chance for the podium – taking an impressive fourth place.
Semple will start Stage 2 in fourth overall with a 33-second deficit to Haig. The race is far from over, with tomorrow’s stage reportedly just as difficult as Stage 1.
Stage 2 Report – Peter English
Stage two – Battle on the Border, NSW.
Stage two was a rolling stage with 3 categorised climbs and many uncatagorised. Matthew Marshall claimed 3rd on the first climb of the day after managing to escape the peloton in the kilometre preceding the climb, and Adam Semple was 3rd on the third climb of the day.
After losing Peter Hattan and Chris Beeck to a puncture early on in the race, Satalyst Giant only had 6 left for the 120km remaining in the stage. Despite this the team was present at the front of the bunch for the most part of the race, unfortunately missing the main breakaway of the day which contained Darren Lapthorne (Drapac Professional Cycling) and Darcy Ellerm-Norton (Team Down Under) who managed to take both KOM sprints.
All the boys were attentive at the front throughout the stage, making sure no threats to Semple’s GC chances slipped up the road. Adam was aggressive throughout and made a hard attack on the final KOM to try and create a split, but the climb didn’t prove steep nor long enough for any real selection to be made.
The bunch finished through the high-speed flats of Murwilllumbah, weaving through vast distances of sugar cane fields. The fast finishing group actually regrouped after the KOM to form about 80 men strong, and Satalyst Giant Racing worked hard with the remaining 6 riders to set up a lead-out train for young fast-man Theo Yates. Theo wasn’t at his best after riding aggressively all day, but still managed 14th. Anthony Giacoppo capped off the day with a blistering sprint to beat his rivals by 2-3 bike lengths.
Stage 3 ITT + Stage 4 Criterium – Report by Peter English
Adam Semple after his stellar 9th place in the ITT in Stage 3 of National Road Series round Battle on the Border. A short and sharp loop around Murwillimbah saw Adam move into 3rd place on the General Classification with two stages to go.
Stage 3 of the National Road Series’ round at Battle on the Border came in the form of a sharp 9.2km individual time trial around Murwillimbah. With a double-stage day, the Satalyst-Giant Racing Team rolled out at 8am. Chris Beeck and Peter Hatton were first up, both putting in a great effort early and reported back to the rest of the team with tips on the ensuing parcour. The time trial went off without a hitch for the rest of the team. Whilst a 9.2km TT is short, it proved crucial for those with aspirations for the general classification. Adam Semple was the last Satalyst-Giant Racing Team member off the blocks and he did not disappoint. His strong 9th-place enabled him to move from 4th into 3rd in the general classification with two stages to come.
The team had another challenge for the day in the form of a criterium for Stage 4 around the streets of Murwillimbah. The course looked technical and, in parts, steep. A published start time of 3:50pm for the NRS race meant the team had a long wait in the shade of a tree on camping chairs as other grades completed their races. This setting provided Alex Malone with the perfect office to punch out the Stage 3 reports for Cyclingnews. A great way to spend the day with perfect weather and the opportunity to actually watch some bike racing for once, not to mention another appearance from Matthew Marshall’s knee length, hospital issue compression socks.
Multiple crashes in various races meant that the NRS race was delayed by around 20 minutes. The team was not deterred by this, continuing to converse about the Tales of Huckleberry Finn, ethical issues surrounding atomic weapons and we were enlightened to some of the nuances associated with native title in New Zealand thanks to Theo Yates, whilst lounging on camping chairs under the shade of a tree.
As our down time came to an end, there was a bad crash in the women’s NRS race which was to precede our own. One rider unfortunately was badly injured and significant delays associated with that crash meant that the orgnaisers were running out of time for the final race of the day.
The decision was made to cancel the race for safety reasons due to dim light in the tail-end of the day. A tough call for the organising comittee but one which we respected. We hope that the injured rider makes a speedy recovery.
Stage 4 – Report by Peter English
The National Road Series’ round Battle on the Border concluded today with a technical and hilly 4th stage which both departed and arrived at Salt Bar in Kingscliffe. The Satalyst Giant Racing Team had a big job on its hands, both defending Adam Semple’s 3rd place in the general classification, whilst also looking for opportunities to shake the hold of Huon Salmon – Genesys Wealth Advisers’ on the top two podium positions.
Prior to the stage start the team rolled 20km from Tugun to Kingscliffe. En route, Theo Yates was treated to a “lead-out lesson” from Peter English which was well received by the Junior Burger. The team assembled on time in their crisp Seight Custom Clothing, ready to race.
The plan unfolded early for Peter English as he was unfortunately “doored” by the medical vehicle in the carpark on the way to start the stage. This left him with minimal use of his right leg for what was to be a pretty testing stage for most riders.
A challenging parcour laid ahead and Adam Semple, Alex Malone and Matthew Marshall were all active early. Alex and Matt managed to get themselves into a couple of early strong breaks, which enabled the rest of the team a small element of respite! The race really got difficult around 50km in.
The stage became hyper agressive past that point with all the teams wanting a slice of the pie. The last climb of the day saw many in the front group beginning to tire, but it stayed together before navigating a super technical finish into Kingscliffe where the stage honours went to Scott Law from GPM-Data#3 Racing.
Adam Semple solidified his stellar 3rd place which was in good company behind Jai Crawford in 2nd place, and the winner Jack Haig, both from Huon Salmon – Genesys Wealth Advisers. A satisfying result individually and for the Satalyst Giant Racing Team.
After presentations, the team collected their wares and headed back to the Golden Riviera Resort in Tugun.
Some of the more battered and bruised members of the team chose the van whilst others chose to ride. The order of the day was another appearance from Matthew Marshall’s knee length, hospital issue compression socks for the duration of the 20km ride. Onlookers could have been forgiven for thinking he was a triathlete.
The team now has a couple of days rest and recouperation at the Golden Riviera Resort in Tugun (speak to Geoff Straub for a great rate on your next holiday). After which, the boys then board the bus for the next National Road Series round, Tour of Toowoomba, which starts on Thursday.
Margaret River Training Camp
Following the Tour de Perth the Satalyst Giant Racing Team headed South for a training camp in The Margaret River region. The Team was joined for the final weekend by some of our sponsors, Team management and Tifosi (supporters). As well as getting in plenty of kms on the rolling roads winding through forests and vineyards there was plenty of time for team building, table tennis and coffee shop banter. Some of the highlights included:
- BBQ hosted by a local cycling identity including a generous sampling of quality local wines
- Promotion of the safe cycling for kids message through a visit to Cowaramup Primary School and a ride to McDonald’s in Busselton, which was covered by the local TV station – SEE HERE
- Acouple of visits to the Delirium 24hr event to support the hardy competitors including a Satalyst Giant Tifosi (supporters) Team who finished first in the teams competition – SEE HERE
- A discussion on mental preparation for racing by sports psychologist Dr Chris Howard.
- Peter English’s venison ragu. Slow cooked for 4 hrs, very tasty!
Big thanks to The Shed for providing the accommodation and the South West cycling community for welcoming the Team. We will be back next year.
Matt Davis —
Assistant Team Manager
Tour De Perth 2013
Bradeley Hall (WA)
Alexander Smyth (Vic)
Paul Van Der Ploeg (Vic)
Peter English (Vic)
Adam Semple (WA)
Henry Morley (WA)
Craig Cooke (WA)
Jackson Mawby (WA)
Cycling news updates – http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/tour-de-perth-2013
Tour website – http://www.tourdeperth.com.au/
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Brad Hall Stage 1 Report
Boom, crash, opera. Drama on the high seas. Two crashes in the first 10km’s, I was caught in both of them, owing to nervousness and a tight technical circuit that is Rottnest Island at 50km/hr. In fact there was never a dull moment.
I would estimate around $20,000 worth of damage in the first 10minutes as bikes and riders went every which way, but forward. We lost around 50% of our team through this carnage. The sole goal for everyone was stay at the front, avoid the carnage, however crashes were occurring more frequently than a quokka on Rottnest.
Breaks rode out, came back, rode out came back… eventually a spit formed of around 8riders. With a lap remaining, Peter was pulling on the front with several other teams. From here my role was to minimise the time lost to our protected riders.
Getting to the front took around half a lap, once there my role was simple: empty oneself completely. We brought the break back to around 25seconds as the teams began to move to the front to lead out. Alex and I did a good job of attempting to deliver Paul to the front, however he was still placed around 10th wheel in the group and crossed the line 3rd in the kick. Today’s file can be viewed here: http://app.strava.com/activities/48257469
Today’s goal was simple, to minimise the time lost for the queen stage in Kalamunda. 30seconds is not ideal, but the time gaps on Saturday will be much more significant. Happy to be in one piece, with Craig and Henry suffering more severe ‘gravel rash’ from today’s offerings. Henry has half of his face scared up, yet continued on to finish within the main-group.
Tomorrow is another day.
Brad Hall Stage 2 Report
Wet conditions did little to slow the riders down; the winning speed was around 47km/hr on a road bike which is incredible. Despite the tight and technical circuit, most of the par course could be contested at maximum output.
I actually felt like I was making great progress for the first half, as did most others; however the final 8km’s just broke me down into little pieces again. Such is this humbling sport. Still some fantastic rides by the Satalyst-Giant crew, Paul finished 8th with both Alex and Henry completing some good rides to finish in the front half of the field.
WA riders also completed the course in a strong fashion, attesting to the great depth of talent we have here in this state of ours.
Tomorrow we turn our attention to one of the more gruelling stages of any tour I’ve completed, all within the context of some quality bike riders and teams. Very much looking forward to getting opened up around the Kalamunda/Mundaring loop over the 145km’s of racing!
Tomorrow we all have ascertained roles to fill within the dynamic of team riding. Some of us are destined to finish well, whilst others are charge with the responsibility of assisting those that are located well on GC. Either way our efforts will be 100% for this NRS race on home soil, looking forward to some hard racing.
Hope to see you out there!
Race update from Team Manager- Wayne Evans
After a seriously difficult and testing day on stage 3 at the Woodside Tour de Perth, Satalyst Giant racing Team prevailed with a fine 2nd and 3rd on the stage!
We lost Paul Vander Ploeg to a high speed crash that sent him off to the hospital with a broken clavicle. That meant our top GC guy was no gone and we had to rally around our other GC contender, Adam Semple.
During all this we had a puncture on the team car and had to stop and get a car change! Thankfully the boys from the SEIGHT TEST TEAM gave us their car and replaced the spare wheel on our car so that we could pick up the team car on the next lap.
Finally we were back into the race and in the convoy.
On the last lap the Satalyst Giant Racing Team lined it out with about 5km to go to the final climb which set it up beautifully for Adam Semple to launch his bid for the stage victory. He was joined by Nathan Earle of Huon salmon Genesys Wealth advisers and together they stayed away. Adam finished second and our own Brad Hall won the sprint for 3rd!
Brad Hall Stage 3 Report
Rarely in cycling does everything just go to plan. Today’s stage was undoubtedly the hardest of the four for this year’s tour de Perth. Around 2100m of climbing across 140km’s faced the riders, with some hectic descents and beautiful climbs, including the famed zig zag of Kalamunda.
After just 20km’s of racing we had lost our team leader in Paul due to a crash seeing him break his collarbone and several aspects of his bike. From here on we were hesitant as much of our planning had involved both him and Adam as protected riders.
Still we rode the race to the original script, which mainly involved getting the team first down the Glen Forrest climbs. This climb is super narrow, contains many corners with significant sections of gradient. Each lap we would assemble on the front and drive down the hill, thereby protecting some of our riders from the group of riders attempting to descend ‘enmass’.
On the second last lap Henry and Adam put in a good effort up the zig zag and were away momentarily as the Genesis train was intent to not allow a move from escaping. They rode like this all day, mainly through the collective efforts of the team. Sam Davis was impressive here, pulling for long periods on the front, totally wasting himself for the teams, and another’s, cause.
Eventually the last lap came; with around half the peloton in contention as breaks went up the road, in ones and two. Peter English was proactive here, but again Genesis was intent on keeping the group together.
As the intensity lifted the group splintered as we came into the final descent. The entire team descended as a group on the front, affording great protection to Adam Semple and I, as we both were now charged with the responsibility of a result.
Adam didn’t disappoint. We hit the first ramp of Ridge Hill road as the Adam hit out and was joined by Nathan Earle. The two worked well as Budget led the charge up the climb. From here the group whittled down through the 180degree corners and high speed coming into the finish line.
Adam contested the finish 5seconds clear of the chasing group, which only contained around 10riders, with another 20 on their wheels. Nathan proved too strong and managed to out kick Adam for the line.
I had a good position some 6 riders back in the following group and hitout early to avoid a hard acceleration sprint, this worked out well as I managed to sustain the gap originally made from this premature move.
So Satalyst Giant 2 and 3 on the hardest stage of the tour is easily a good result for the team and our new sponsors. The result however was a true collective effort, Jackson, Henry, Alex, Peter, and Craig worked well all day and totally set the finish up so we could gain opportunity at the finish. Their efforts facilitated our arrival.
Stage 3 Finish
Thanks to all who joined us for the Tour of Flanders on Easter Sunday. It was our first time at The Vic and our hosts (Nick Martin and his team) looked after us very well.
Our next event is the Tour de Perth on Saturday the 13th of April. This will be the Queen Stage of the tour and we have organised a full program for members:
Ride to the Event
We are in the process of organising a ride out to the event.
The Stage starts at 11am so we will be departing the Perth around 9:30 (time and departure point to be advised) to be in Kalamunda to watch the start.
Team Base – Kalamunda Hotel
We will be setting up a team base at the Kalamunda Hotel. Food and refreshments will be provided for members as well as the opportunity to mix with the team and sponsors.
The race start is across the road from the Hotel and the riders will come past several times during the afternoon.
If you do ride out to he race, you will have the freedom to ride to other parts of the course, including the Finish which is back down at Gooseberry Hill at the top of the Zig Zag.
SBS are broadcasting all stages of the NRS so a strong turnout in team kit will represent the team well.
More details will follow as they are confirmed but we ar looking forward to a great weekend of elite racing.
End of Monday Rides
After another successful season, our Monday morning recovery ride will be suspended during the autumn and winter months to be recommenced in Spring.
Team Kit collection
If you have not yet collected your members team kit, it is available for pick up from Cyclemania.
Beyond the Tour de Perth our next event will be the Giro Dinner on May.
Thanks again for your support of the team and we look forward to seeing you out on the road and at the TdP.
Tour of Thailand 2013
Paul Van Der Ploeg
DS – Brendon Morrison
Stage 1 Results
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|2||Paul VAN DER PLOEG||AUS||24||+0||5||5|
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|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!