So finally I managed a win in a really hilly race!
My climbing form is the best it's been in probably 8-9 years, I even had an average cadence of almost 90rpm for the day and thats unheard of for me in even a crit, let alone a 140km race with 1600 metres of climbing.
The race went with out a hitch really, it was raining and crappy at Taupo so I chose the heavier training wheel option rather than my deep dish race wheels as they have super light tyres on board and I didn't want to risk a puncture.
The race started fast and after about 20km I followed an attack by Paddy Bevan, as usual Tom Findlay was following me around so he was there, then Dave Mann bridged up and that was it.
We grew the gap to about 2 min 30secs at the most... Paddy Bevan has a huge sprint so I dispatched him and Dave on the last big climb (Which was just aswell because Paddy still pumped everyone in the bunch kick even tho he'd been up the road all day) and Tom and I set sail for Napier.
Tom cracked about 10-12km from the end and agreed not to sprint if I left him there so I basically TT'd the last 10km and held the bunch off by about 20secs.
I've been working really hard on my climbing this winter and have even lost 5kg as part of the training so it's nice to see it's starting to pay off.
Sundays crit didn't go so well, I made a mid race solo bid for glory but the previous day's efforts caught up with me and I started to slow after about 15mins up the road, the boys that saved themselves on Saturday and didn't race bought home the bacon taking 3 of the top 4 spots, so congrats to Pete Latham for taking the win... he did a ton of work in the race and still cleaned up the sprint...well deserved.
GMC Coaching had 3 in the weekend events, and Carl and Matt didn't do too badly, the 96kg Carl rode a great crit and barring a puncture at a shitty time would've made 1st or 2nd group in the Road race with ease.. Matt had a solid road race and almost went full distance in the crit after not having ridden a cit for 2 years...They are both in training for the Tour of Southland so backing up well on the 2nd day of racing is a really good sign for the Tour.
Next week all three of us are heading down to ride Round the Mountain in New Plymouth..we are all piling in 1 car for a road trip, so it should be fun.