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TdPhuket Results

tdp1It was a great day at the office for ANZA Cycling and Team Allied World at the Tour of Phuket last weekend. ¬†Read on for a full right up of the Cat 1 race, a group with so much energy they can ride a 3 stage race and still produce a ride report ūüėź

With Allied World’s William Pratt taking first place overall in Cat 1, we want to congratulate all the ANZA Cyclists, or at least all those I can identify (remember folks if you don’t put ANZA Cycling down as your team it’s hit and miss whether I spot you)

Cat 1
3rd Pierre Alain Scherwey
17th Hish Scarf
28th Raoul Berthillon
32nd Pete Bennet

Cat 2
10th Stale Nore
11th Peter McQuade
16th Steven Wong
33rd Liam Winston

Cat 3
7th Mick Lehpamer
8th Phil Morris

Women
2nd Kari Nore

tdp3 tdp2Well done to everybody else who took part however you finished, I hope you all enjoyed another racing location.

It’s a race that Craig Cameron won’t forget having proved that when man goes head to head with barrier…. Barrier wins! ¬†I’ll spare you the roadrash photos.

Enjoy your Easter riding whatever you do, but as always…

Let’s be careful out there
Andrew

 

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Tour of Phuket | Open

STAGE 1 – PROLOGUE

On a deceptively fast course of 5.9kms, the focus was to keep the putting down the power even in the descents. A race of seconds, any advantage possible was to be the difference between 1-10 or 30-40th.

With an average speed of just over 49 km/hr Will Pratt (AW – CCN) coming of a terrific win last weekend in Singapore finished in 1st. 6.52mins. Pierre-Alain Scherwey (AW-CCN) less than 0.8secs behind in second and Ben Arnott (Mavericks) in 3rd, sub 7mins

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Raoul did a great ride for 9th, Brad 11th and Matt 16th – all within 24 seconds of Wills leading time. Hish, Pete Bennett, Adam Nelson were slightly further back – within 35secs.

With the team taking the top 2 places on the podium – this was an awesome start to the AW- CCN Phuket campaign.

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STAGE 2 –¬†113km

Departing “Thanyapura” at 8am temperatures had already soared to 34C. Allied world – CCN race tactic; considering 1st & 2nd on GC, was to put 4 guys on the front for the first 65km. Limit the attacks from the bunch and get both Will and Pierre to the first real climb of the day in the best position with the freshest legs.

Adam, Peter, Matt and Raoul worked well together riding tempo over the rolling terrain at 43kms/h.

As the bunch swung around to the right we hit the first real climb of the day, 400m at 8-12%. This is where the selections would start. Almost immediately, 42 cat 1 racers down to 30. Quarter of the group was shelled out the back.

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Fast decent and 10kms to the second climb. Gas on! Climb 2, shorter and more gradual – another 5 rider out the back. Hammer down!

78km in the legs now and basically rolling terrain to the finish. Bunch was positioning itself for a sprint finish.

As the peloton crossed the security checkpoint and turned onto the main 2.5 lane road, the wider roads lead to a flurry of attacks.
Will made some progress in one of these attacks, but the peloton wasn’t going to let the GC just ride away. Closing it down.

With 20kms to go a rider from Cycling training asia attacked and built a decent gap. The peloton leaving him out to dry kept him just in sight as he charged away solo. At 15km to go, Pierre noticing a bunched peloton and attacked on the far right hand side of the road from mid way in the group. By the time the peloton had realised, he put 30m in the bunch and people were looking at one another for a response. No one took ownership. 100m, no response, 200m, no response – he was away!

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Bridging to the cycling training asia rider he extended his lead. Takai (Veleska USA) saw the danger and attacked solo. Pushing hard he bridged the group of 2. The efforts of the original escapè had taken its toll and the cycling training asia rider dropped back the peloton. Pierre and Takai continued to push ahead. Takai pushing a massive gear, the pair extended their lead.

5kms to go the road swept hard left, from the main freeway of 2.5 lanes to only a single track. They timed it perfectly, peloton would be forced to bunch up and slow on the turn.

With 100m to go, Pierre saw his move and kicked out of the saddle. Taking the win on stage 2 and extended his lead. Credit to Takai today for a super strong finish.

Overall GC results end of stage 2:

  • Pierre 1st
  • Will 3rd
  • Brad 11th

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STAGE 3 -89 kms

Entering the third and final stage, the team were in an excellent position; Pierre-Alain held the jersey after his late attack and stage with the day before, while Will was still in 3rd place on GC with just Takei (Team Veselka USA & current Japanese MTB champion) separating the two. PA’s lead was a slender 6 seconds and with Takei the stronger climber. There was still plenty of work to do to secure the overall.

Sunday’s stage was relatively short at 89km, but that insubstantial distance belied the brutality of the parcours. The route took in two laps of a coastal loop which included, in quick succession, two 400m long, very steep climbs averaging 16-20% gradient. The first ascent came at 26km and the second at 65km. A flurry of attacks over the climbs was anticipated, so rather than burning out the strong men early on in trying to control the race, the team took a call to keep everyone fresh for the first run into the climbs, allowing them to get over with the lead group.

The compact bunch came into the first climb with everything still together. The pace plummeted and heart rates rocketed as the riders ground over the steep rise, rear wheels occasionally losing traction on the leafy roads. With everyone in the team safely down the tricky descent – Brad included, despite making a Tommy Voeckler-esque visit to a roadside layby on one of the downhill corners – we had kept good numbers in the front group. It was at this point that Will, after marking Mavs danger man, Ben Arnott, over the climb, drifted off the front.

Swift Carbon-Virgin Active rider Craig Bachelor rode across, but the rest of the bunch showed no signs of reacting. Looking back over his shoulder and seeing that PA was safely with the front group, Will got his head down and pushed on. Combining well with Craig, the pair opened up a significant gap over the subsequent 40km, taking a lead of just over 2 minutes into the second time over the climbs. Will opened up a small gap over the first climb and took it easy on the descent, allowing Craig to catch on. The SCVA man was clearly struggling with the gradient, however, as over the second climb Will opened a 15 second gap.

Seeing the gap as they returned to the flat roads, Will took the call to push on solo; in part to guarantee the stage win, but also to limit the time gains that Craig would make on PA. A hot 15km time trial to the finish ensued, with Will extending his lead on his breakaway companion and holding off a late charge to the line from Takei, who had chipped off the front of the bunch in a 3-man chase group late on. The AW-CCN rider had time to savour the win at the end of three days hard riding, raising his arms as he crossed the line.

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Behind, PA crossed the line with the bunch, relinquishing 30 seconds and second place to Takei, but sufficiently limiting his losses to hold onto 3rd overall and ensure two spots on the final podium for the team. Hish and Brad were there with him, having worked hard to keep things together in the group, and in so doing secured the overall Team prize for AW-CCN.

A fantastic result for the team in this inaugural Tour de Phuket. A huge thanks to Cycosports and Thanyapura for running and hosting this excellent event. Thanks, too, to Allied World, CCN Sportwear, Neil Pryde Bikes, High 5 Nutrition, 720 Armour, MET helmets and our other sponsors for their continued support.

The team are next in action in Indonesia for the 3-day Tour de Bintan from April 1-3. With wins in the last 2 races, we go in with confidence!

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Racing and Touring

imageMassive congratulations to Craig Cameron.  Second in the OCBC Cycle Road Race Open Category last weekend.  Racing for the Mavericks and just pipped on the line by William Pratt from Allied World in an exciting spring finish.  Well done to both, but particularly to Craig who only joined the Mavs a few short months ago after years of blowing us all away in his sprint finishes on the Changi straight.  You can watch it here on Channel News Asia

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/video/singapore-cycling/2598508.html

Congratulations also to Pierre, Raoul, Alex, Don and Hish in the Men’s Open category

Now in the Women’s category, congratulations to Lizzie Hodges, also racing in Mavericks colours on a superb 3rd place.

If I have missed anybody, my apologies, but if you get in quick, the beauty of the blog is I can slip you in and nobody will notice ūüėČ

There is plenty more to be said about the Open Road Race, and Don has a mighty fine account of the goings on. ¬†As he says at the end, it’s a shame there weren’t many ANZA participants, let’s see if we can’t round up a herd of racers for the next one and display the black green and gold.

In other news a big bunch headed off to Desaru and braved a howling headwind on the way out only to fly back.  Here at RTI towers we have been waiting for the update, but it appears to be lost in the post.  Maybe next week Cam?

Away Trips
Last of all, just to flag up we have 2 away trips coming up. on 29th April to 1st May we have the eternally popular KL trip coming up, with the merest suggestion that they will be sampling some of the other superb riding routes around KL as an alternative to Frasers.  I urge anybody to give it a go, KL has so much to offer a cyclist, much, much more than just Frasers Hill.  Follow this link for info from Laura  https://www.facebook.com/groups/ANZACyclingemail/permalink/10154678481826988/

We also have what has been hailed as possibly the best away trip in cycling club history, the amazing Sun Moon Lake trip to Taiwan and I really am jealous of people going on this one as by all accounts it is some truly beautiful riding.  This trip is May 20th to 24th and you can find details of this trip here  https://www.facebook.com/groups/ANZACyclingemail/permalink/10154554495076988/

With that said, there is nothing else to say except good luck to anybody heading to Phuket or already in Phuket, decide who is writing what and get it to us by 8pm Thursday at ANZACycling.rti.ed@gmail.com

And all of you, let’s be careful out there
Andrew

 

OCBC Race Series | Open

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The inaugural OCBC series opener is the first real race in Singapore for about 2 years. Despite the course being little more than a super sized crit, it was great to see such a huge turnout for the event. Open Cat had at least 65 and was packed with a lot of new local faces.

The course was on the exposed coastal road down at Seleter that the ANZA Changi ride every week. A 3km out, followed by a uturn and. 3km back to the start. The start had a kick in the tail as it involved a climb up a bridge followed by a dead stop uturn and then another climb up the bridge in the other direction. We’d do this 7 times for a total of 42km. I should add that we kicked off at 10.45am and it was hot as hell.

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With Pierre suffering all week from bronchitis, the team hatched a cunning plan around the talents of Will Pratt and for once, all seemed aware of the plan and our roles.

Allied World CCN had a strong team lined up – with the majority primed for the following weekend’s Tour Of Phuket. In Open Will, Pierre, Hish, Raoul, Alex and myself lined up. Competition was strong with a lot of the old OCBC team, Geylang Racing, a depleted Mavs team and a lot of local teams that I barely recognized.

The first lap was quick Рmaybe a 47 km average Рbut the race soon settled into a standard pattern. Each lap was solid rolling pace around 43km but the real action was the two uturn points. Both were relatively narrow, 180 degree turnarounds and caused the peleton to stretch out over 100m. At each repetition, the field would string out, people would chase madly and a few would drop off the back.
The uturn also caused the only crash of the race Рon lap 3 when a couple of riders had a slo-mo embrace with the Tarmac.

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Despite being poorly, Pierre did a massive attack on lap 1 – taking former OCBC rider Calvin Sim with him. The two of them held the field off for the first 6 laps. Having PA off the front enabled us to largely sit in and follow any moves. A blessing for me as I was capable of hanging on but little more.

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PA was reeled in with about 2 laps remaining – which Will counter attacked immediately as the catch was made. Around 5 riders went with Will and a couple of Mavs bridged up at the uturn. However he was strong enough to drive the break and then take the sprint up from the front. He held off a charging Craig Cameron for a well deserved win by a couple of lengths.

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I rolled in with the main pack about 10 seconds behind the winner. We finished with maybe half of the initial starters and it had been a hard hour with a 41km average speed.

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The course itself proved to be excellent and the event perfectly organized. The huge crowds on the bridge being especially awesome. A very promising start to this new race series!

In total, I saw 1 Anza jersey across all race categories. Be nice to see more of the Green and Gold on display in future editions.

 

New kit, did somebody say new kit?

worst kit 1The time has come for us to think about next year’s kit design. ¬†Now we’ve heard you load and clear, you want the word Singapore on the jersey somewhere. ¬†That’s fine, we’ll see what we can do. ¬†We do want to hear from any ace designers out there who could whip up some designs over the next week or so and we also remember you said that you were keen to keep a consistent look and feel so you could recognise it is ANZA Cycling out there on the road, but it has become tradition that each year the committee change something, even if it doesn’t need changing ūüėČ

Now as luck would have it this email dropped into the inbox of cyclingvp@anza.org…..

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Perfect timing I thought, and if you look to the last sentence, we’ll be in safe hands because they are producing for “top brand of the world”. ¬†I was a bit concerned with the two fingers V sign in their logo, but everybody is allowed one faux pas and, as you can see, they were writing to me by the grace of Great God, so that should all be fine, and as I mentioned to the committee if it is kit by the grace of God, it may even make me go faster, God knows (sic) I need some divine intervention.

worst kit 4Ok, so the kit is blessed by god, that is great, but what really sold it to me was that not only was it cheap prices, but also supreme quality. ¬†How could we go wrong, so you’ll all be glad to head that you are getting divinely blessed, cheap supreme quality kit from Winner industries next year, hope your looking forward to it as much as I am.

Now back to the design, I found the ladies kit design online, I think you’ll all agree that is great for those late night rides or early morning rides, you can wear it to dinner and then just hop on your bikes right after or before. ¬†It’s an all round winner! ¬†More of a Tri number though what with the lack of sleeves.

worst kit 2But in terms of all round worst kit in my opinion, ignoring of course that God awful Colombian women’s team number (google it if you don’t know what I’m talking about) the prize has to go to Cippolini for just plain bad taste, and can you imagine how bad this is going to look when you stretch it over the slightly less svelte frames that many of us sport.

As you can tell, there wasn’t a lot of cycling for me to report last week, but this weekend is the monster trip to Desaru, no I’m not saying Ned is a monster (don’t get on her bad side though) but there are 3 bum boats heading over for some traffic light free action and I’m sure there will be much to report to you next week if one of the good riders could agree to pick up a pen and paper to recount their tales.

So, whether you are off to Desaru or planning other rides this week.

Let’s be careful out there
Andrew

 

Daytrip to Bintan. Daytrip to Bintan. Daytrip to Bintan…..

NIK_6630Now before you all get on you soap boxes and say how insensitive I am for mentioning this.  I checked with the lady in question and she was fine with me mentioning the slight memory loss she suffered last week in Bintan.

Now before you all get on your soap boxes… Ok, enough of this hilarity, it was actually quite scary for somebody who had never seen first hand what a bump on the head can do, and we can use it as a little lesson learning exercise as I think, maybe, there was one thing we should have done differently. ¬†Those better trained in first aid can tell us the other things.

Bintan Daytrip.  Done it many many times.  Standard drill.  Do group photo, check. One fast group, check.  One slow group, check.  Support vans for both, check.  Only this time even better, with motor cycle out riders to patrol the turns and make sure we all go the right way.

No problems, uncheck.

Rick: “has anybody seen my bag?”
Everybody: “Where did you put it?”
Rick: “In the car that was at the front”
Everybody “Err, that wasn’t one of our cars”
Miss Ner(local nickname for Neridah) “F&*%%$ Id^^$, I told you which car to put it in, F*#&* it we’re leaving”

I look around as Rick gets his driver to start calling other drivers, when I look back my larger slow group has left with Miss Ner, and I do the old “F^%& it, he’s a big boy and can sort it out and this is Miss Ner’s trip anyway”

It’s 9.15, the ferry home is booked for 3.35, the fast squad plan to do 170km, anybody see the problem with this equation? ¬†Motoring is the word I would use, and they’re standing around trying to track down a lost bag!

Anyway, noting much to report, riding riding riding. ¬†The fast boys eventually catch us and I throw out a playful “you need to be going faster than that if you plan to make your ferry”. ¬†I think I heard a ‘thank you’, but you know how it is when your riding, sometimes your hearing isn’t quite what it could be.

No dramas, a few tired riders by the end of the red road, but otherwise all is well.  A nice tailwind assisted (I know there is no such thing as a tailwind, we just rode strong) trip down the coast.

All is going well, although Bintan is showing signs of getting the better of me just for a change, so I come to the top of a hill to find two of the team on the deck, a small wheel touch at the crest of the hill and it’s first blood to Bintan. ¬†No worries, a minor mishap, onwards troops!

Feeling a little better.
Feeling a little better.

So I swear it can’t have been more than 2km further down the road when Teressa decides she wants to get better acquainted with her rural side and takes a dive into the dirt. ¬†We stop again, and she’s sitting up looking fine, just a well dusted shoulder, which I’m guessing must have hurt like hell on Monday. ¬†After a few minutes of chatting, checking over ensuring nothing is damaged on the bike, or her I guess, she announces she is good to go, but we thought it would be a good idea to call the van back which as bad luck would have it had just raced ahead to deposit two tired riders a little further up the road and closer to home. ¬†The news that the van was heading in the other direction left us with a dilemma. ¬†To sit and wait, knowing that we’re on a bit of a schedule if we plan to make it back to the ferry in time for the 3.35 or listen to the patient who looks ok, is reacting ok, and says she is ok. ¬†We decide she’s ok to roll gently just to keep us moving and to close the gap to the van.

Less than 1000m later and half way up a small hill Teressa stops again and Matt and I circle back to make sure she it ok.

Teressa: “I have no idea where I am or how I got here”NIK_6663
Me: “Get off the bike and sit down!”

Teressa then proceeded to tell Matt and me that she didn’t know what happened, Matt explained a slight touch of wheels had brought her down. ¬†She apologised for holding us up, then repeated the question, and again, and again, and again! ¬†I look at Matt, he looks at me and we share a “Oh Crap!” moment of understanding. ¬†Quite NIK_6687an impact now became evident on her helmet and Miss Ner later discovered that it had done its job and cracked right through on the inside.

That’s pretty much the end of the cycling write up. ¬†We split the group into slower group to leave now, faster to stay behind until the van arrived to transport Teressa and after a few more km I joined her in the van having been burnt up by the faster group. ¬†Still in good spirits, she announced that some of the other riders looked a bit tired and NIK_6689maybe she should swap with them to which my reply was an emphatic “You’re not going anywhere”

A tough day’s riding as can be seen from Johan’s expression and fortunately no permanent damage, just a night of observation in Hotel Gleneagles.

Anything we should have done differently? ¬†If there is a next time, and I hope there isn’t, we’ll be insisting that anybody that takes knock to the head during a ride retires for the rest of the ride and takes the chauffeured trip home.

Let’s be careful out there people!

Andrew