Stage 1: Hobart Teams Time Trial 18.1km
An 18km Team TT is not a friendly way to start a race, its only going to be painful. The time was taken from the 4th rider across the line so our plan was to ride a solid but steady tempo till 5 km to go then see how many guys we had left and lift the pace from there. The first 5km was super quick with everyone feeling fresh, from 5-10k the climb started to bite with some nasty steep sections. At 5km to go the Genesis team on a super quick ride caught us who were already down to 4 riders, Joey decided it was time to lift the pace and we quickly went from 6 riders to 4. I was unlucky number 4 and spent the last 3 km absolutely chewing my stem to hold pace with Caleb and Joey. Ouch. Very Ouch.
The Grovedal Criterium by Andy Crawley NRS team rider for BikeBug.com
We haven’t quite managed to join all the dots yet this tour and land a rider on the podium. It’s been wet, a couple of sick riders, crashes…. We’ve got 3 days and three stages to change that, get a little time on the podium and everyone is pretty keen to rip into it.
The rain held off for just long enough to make almost all who ventured out to west head believe that racing was both possible and better than staying in bed. Surprisingly just short of 40 riders had peered out their windows that morning, looked at the wet ground and advancing gloom and had thought “I am going out to west head to race”. In the face of such unwarranted and misguided optimism the call to race was made.
Saturday Sunshine and Success
Due to a virus which nailed me to the mattress for over a week I was out of the team for the B2B 2011. This has been my favourite race for the last few years as the general course and race conditions suit me so I was more than shattered not to be in the squad.