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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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Cycosports Nongsa Classic | Cat 1

First race in 5 months after the Haze slit the jugular of the 2015 racing season – resulting in the cancellation of the original September edition of this race and many others.

The Cycosports organization was the expected smooth sailing (pun intended). The ferry terminal was quieter than usual and turnout was disappointingly lower than previous races. However Cat 1 had bucked the trend and increased in size with a sizable contingent from Integrated Racing for the 1st time. Good to see some new faces.

The start itself took place in a public park which resulted in a surreal trek through a vast array of Batam youth. Weird to see so many kids out at 7.30am playing badminton and doing military drills in the park. Even at 7.30, temperatures were high and the needle was rapidly heading into Scorchio territory.

Cat 1 rolled out for the 12km neutral zone with about 40 riders. The neutral zone was a swift reminder of how hilly Batam can be with a constant set of ups and downs.

Eventually we made it to the Course – a hilly 12km loop that we’d tackle 7 times – and swiftly commenced kicking the shit out of each other.

A pattern quickly established itself with a steady pace being set all the way to the climb then an increased pace over the 3 hills followed by a frantic chase on the downhill for those dropped on the climb. On each pass a few would fail to latch back on – resulting a slowly depleting peleton.

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I’d been practising my hills at NTU and was confident at putting out 400 watts for about 90 seconds. This was fine for the first climb – but didn’t go so good for the 2nd and 3rd rollers which I’d completely forgot about. Of the 3, it always seemed to be the 3rd where I’d be gasping the most.

Lap 1 and 2 went well and I even took the KOM on lap 2 – leading to some short term hubris that I could just go for the KOM every lap. Lap 4 was tougher and needed a decent chase from a group of 6 of us to get back on. Lap 5 was when I finally popped in a big way. About 20 guys remained at that point but my legs were like jelly and I could do nothing but pant like a madman as they dropped me on the last hill.

I dragged a few Cat 3 guys round for their final lap before tackling my last lap solo. I took small solace that half the field had popped before me but it was still vaguely shameful to finish 5 mins behind the rest of my team.

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Upfront, Nick Swallow had been on a stealthy break that most were unaware off since lap 4. Hish went for a break with Clarson on lap 6 but man of the day went to Ben Arnott who took the win after an attack “like a rocket” on the final circuit. The Allied World boys had come in 5th (Will) and then in various places in the rest of the Top 10. A well deserved clean sweep by the Mavs today – they came with strength-in-depth & a solid plan.

Post race entertainment included some dodgy Taylor Swift karaoke, beers and donuts to round off a fine days racing. The result wasn’t what we wanted but it was still great to be pinning numbers again. Thankfully there’s a slew of new races coming up so a shot at redemption should be imminent.

As always, many thanks to the good people of Cycosports for putting on another fantastic event.

Missing your racing fix after Nongsa? – other options available

The hellish haze resulted in Saturday’s Cycosports Nongsa race  getting cancelled yesterday. Sad news for the local racing community but definitely the right decision from a health perspective.

For those brave souls that have an itching in their thigh muscles and a desperate need to smash the competition/get dropped on the 1st hill, there’s a few options on the horizon.

OCBC Sprint Series: 16th October
This one is a bit of a mystery with a Facebook page appearing earlier this week in very low key fashion. It’s a unique format involving 1km sprints around the highly technical go-carting track at Turf City. It’s a night event with qualifying rounds and then a knock out format. Could be interesting and something that becomes a regular event if well supported.
https://www.facebook.com/OCBC-Super-Sprint-2015-1492470854402085/timeline/

Johor Megaride : 10th October
Again, a bit of an unknown quantity. This one starts down by the Pasir Gudang motor bike track in Johor – a site that we’re all intimate with from the Cycosports race series. However the event then takes us all the way up to Senai for a 100km race before ending back at Pasir Gudang. Entry is only $50 so it’s worth a gamble!
https://www.facebook.com/events/845075345586312/

Cycosports Centaurs jungle cross: 11th October
A new Cyclo-Cross, MTB , Fat Bike race event from the good people at Cycosports. This one is at the new Centaurs Jungle Trail located at Turf City. Great racing for all levels including a kids race. The location is superb, decent food, coffee and the video of the course looks fun. Well worth a trip down for a fun morning of racing.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1663655040536260/

Masters Tour of Chiang Mai: October 23-26
A classic event now in its 5th year. The MTCM is one of the best multi day events in the region with 4 days in the mountains round the beautiful city of Chiang Mai. A great course, strong field and some excellent bikes shops and food this one is well recommended. There’s always a decent sized contingent from Singapore going along.
http://masterstourofchiangmai.com/

ANZA Club Championship – next week!

RTI is back from it’s extended summer break. Rather than bore you with what we’ve been up to, we’ll use today to push the upcoming Club Championship.

It’s now just 8 days to the ANZA Allied World TT Championship – taking place next week at at the Pasir Gudang circuit in JB. Places are still available for those interested in signing up.

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Just a reminder that this event is free for ANZA members – including entry and bus transfer travel. If you’re a financial member then simply click on the Photo above and use the code “anza”  during registration.

The TT is open to all clubs and individuals and it would be great to see more representation from our friends in Cannasia, Joyriders, Ascenders, Lapierre, Cycle Training Asia, 4T2 and the Mavs to make it an even more competitive day.

Pasir Gudang is a motor racing circuit with very wide corners. As it’s slightly hilly, owning a TT bike might not be any advantage and so we hope this encourages more members to take part. The circuit will be raced in the same direction as the previous Cycosports events & this will take out any sharp downhill corners.

The TT will have a full Cycosports award ceremony for all participants from all clubs. We’ll then do an additional ceremony purely for Anza participants to award the Anza Allied World Club champions. So if you do a great ride, you could potentially be going home with 2 trophies on the day!

Be awesome to see the members there in numbers for what promises to be a great days racing. This is the 1st club championship in years – don’t miss out on being part of it!

ANZA Allied World Club Championship

Those of you with their fingers on the pulse will have noticed already that Cycosports posted details of a new TIme Trial event yesterday. The inaugural ANZA Allied World TT Championship will take place on 22nd August at the Pasir Gudang circuit in JB.

Anza have contributed significant funding to this event as we will use it as our club championship event for 2015.

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For details on the event and registration, please click the photo.

The TT is open to all clubs and individuals. However as Anza is sponsoring the event, we have secured a sizeable number of free places for our current financial members. These are not unlimited and so please only register if you’re genuinely serious about taking part. Approach your friendly committee member and they will give you a code which grants complementary registration for the race.

Ideally the club would have liked to have our Championship in Singapore. This proved impossible to achieve legally due to the challenges of getting road closures. The JB track is easy to reach via car or can be ridden to. In addition, Anza/Cycosports will be arranging for multiple buses to go there which makes it even easier.

We’re also looking at putting on a BBQ for members at the event – although beers are not allowed at the track 😞 More on that nearer the day.

Pasir Gudang is a motor racing circuit with very wide corners. As it’s very hilly, owning a TT bike might not be any advantage and so we hope this encourages more members to take part. The circuit will also be raced in the reverse direction than the previous circuit races to take out the sharper downhill corners.

The TT will have a full Cycosports award ceremony for all participants from all clubs. We’ll then do an additional ceremony purely for Anza participants to award the Anza Allied World Club champions. So if you do a great ride, you could potentially be going home with 2 trophies on the day!

Be awesome to see the members there in numbers for what promises to be a great days racing. This is the 1st club championship in years – don’t miss out on being part of it!

 

 

Cycosports Batam 6 Bridges | Cat 2

Craig Cameron

Hoping to learn from some terrible race tactics at the recent criterium I set off on Saturday with one aim – work as little as possible. I was hoping to use the large peloton to my advantage and try contest what was bound to be a sprint finish, with nobody willing to take a chance and work in a breakaway….. How I wish this was the case…

After an uneventful crossing and set up prior to the race start we were soon out of the ferry terminal and on to the Neutral zone which was quite pleasant and even when the race started on the bridge it was quite a relaxed pace in the peloton. There was an early 4 man break which managed to get 1.5mins however there was no urgency with well over 100km to go. I could see from the rear of the bunch that we were pulling some of the riders back and decided to head to the front to find out what was going on and bring with me some water. James Cole was sitting up front monitoring and he let me know that Nate was up the road with a Mav (Alan) and 2 others.

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Nate was pulled back with Alan left off the front on his own. There was still no response from any teams with such a long way still to go and we continued with a relaxed pace gradually reeling him in. A few km from the turn there was a large crash in the middle of the pack and the peloton split. I was lucky, however we lost Nate and James here as they were caught behind and were unable to chase back on and Klaus unfortunately managed to pick up a puncture. I decided with some riders in the group showing signs of tiring it was no longer good sitting right at the back and headed up to the pointy end and stayed around 5th-10thwheel coming in to the turn.

The Mavs were well represented on the front and were reminding us that it was a race and looking for someone to try pick up the pace but I wasn’t looking for the wind and just sat in between their wheels. On one of the run ups to a short incline the Mavs were sending Alan up the road while the others on the front were sitting up to let him get a gap. I decided he wasn’t a bad wheel to follow and slipped out past them on the descent and carried the speed onto his wheel with zero interests of working, just covering, so we didn’t get caught out and have to work this early in the race.

Alan seemed happy to sit on the front while I just sat in we were also joined by Mark 4T2 and when he decided to take the front pushed the pace real hard. For a few turns they allowed me to sit on the back however I soon got some grief and they were not keen on pulling a sprinter any further. Ok I thought we have a decent gap and we also have another sprinter in the pack for Anza (ok Salter really – Sean you need to sort this out!!) maybe I should do a few turns but nothing serious, just to keep us away and make the other teams work….

So 45km from the finish the break was formed and we are rolling pretty well together. With Mark setting a blistering pace on the flat we soon opened up a 1.5 min gap and with 30km to go we were told that opened up to 3.5min. As I was digesting this and thinking we might be able to make it to the end the first cramp hit my left calf. With 2 gels left I decided it was all or nothing so took both in quick succession and as much water as I could stomach.
From here Alan was also fading and had stopped working on the front. However with the strength of Ironman Mark, I decided I was going to stay committed and pushed on. With 15km left to go we were down to 1.5min and on the inclines we were slowing a lot, as much as it sounds weird slowing actually was hurting me more and I preferred to get out the saddle and push on which was putting a few bike lengths between us. This way I didn’t have to respond to the surges when Matt came past and was a little more comfortable keeping the same rhythm. I’m sure my counterpart hates me for this as it was no doubt putting him under pressure on the climbs.

With 4 km to go I’m not sure if it was an attack or a genuine pull however after I had done one of my longer pulls Mark came past like a steam train and I was struggling to jump in front of Alan’s wheel and was very close to throwing in the towel. Thankfully he eased up slightly and I managed to regain some composure before Alan said he was going to give us one pull before sending us off to fight for the win.

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As the final bridge came in to view I was confident I could get a gap and hold it so I decided I was going to take up the attack very early as I was very scared the peloton were closing quick and with a few punchy sprinters in there I would have no chance if we were caught. I reckon I picked up the pace with around 600m to go and with 200m to go my quads, calf and hamstrings were all reminding me that they had been cramping for some time and I had to grit my teeth but with a few grunts and yelps I pushed for the line with everything I could muster.

I managed to cross the line 1st and my fellow breakaway companions also made it home before the Peloton so would join me on the podium. Fantastic work all round and without any member working the way we did I have no doubt that none of us would have made it on the podium. So if you are reading this, thanks Alan and Mark both of whom gave their all to make the break stick.

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I would also like to add a massive thank you to my fellow Anza rider; James, Nate, Don, Max, Frank & Alex who were all really up for this one and were willing to cover on the front making sure we were not left unrepresented with me not having to do any work in the first 80km apart from a few cheeky bottle runs on the descents.

Another great event organized by the cycosports group so last thing is to say thanks to Kent and his crew of volunteers and I’m looking forward to the next race back at Pasir Gudang to celebrate SG50

Cycosports Batam 6 Bridges | Cat 1

Donald MacDonald

3rd running of the Cycosports B6B race and by now, we know what to expect. A long, hilly, hot race which is usually infused with massive amounts of cramping.

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Cat 1 had 30 registered but post ToF fatigue had set in and a few missed it through illness. I’d been coughing up green shit for days and had a voice like a phone sex operator but I wasn’t missing this! Dave Cox on the other hand missed it for more mundane reasons, sleeping through his alarm…  Nevertheless, we had a reasonable team including Pierre-Alain, Pete Bennett, Raoul, Hish and myself. The Mavs had a strong team of 8 and Cycle Training Asia and Joyriders also had decent numbers.

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For once, the day was overcast and the Mad Max style oppressive heat was manageable. Gloomy skies kept teasing rain but sadly never followed through and it stayed mostly dry throughout. Batam pulled out some borderline underage cheerleaders for the dance at race start which was er, stimulating.

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The outward leg was relatively quiet. All of us managed to get into some form of break but nothing was sticking. At around 40km, race favourite Bastian Mav went off the front solo and due to inability/unwillingness of the group DA took the front and set the pace to keep the break at a reasonable distance. The group made it clear that they’d prefer me at the back for the race. My threadbare Direct Asia bibs were showing their age and my barely hidden ass was a bit too visible!

DA ramped the pace up in the run to the larger hills in the 10km prior to the uturn. PA then attacked on the biggest hill – decimating the peleton but taking 4 Mavs with him. I’d been setting the pace on the front at this point and had nothing left to make the jump to what was clearly the race deciding move.

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Whilst most people’s legs were popping at this moment. For Hish, it was his tyre that decided to go out with a bang. He ended up with a 40km solo ride in the heat before Cat 2 caught him.

In the peleton, it was left to Cycle Training Asia and Joyriders to chase the break as they were unrepresented. This collaboration didn’t go so well and led to some testy comments. Joyriders Strooper had clearly read the right managerial handbooks and was deploying F* and C* words in abundance – to little avail from the group. Joyriders tried hard but there was small chance of getting the break back without a co-ordinated chase. Pete, myself and the Mavs enjoyed the spectacle whilst mentally high fiving ourselves on our tactical genius (luck).

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Up front in the break, PA was lining up for 70km worth of pain from the Maverics finest – with Ben, Bastian, Andreas and Nick Swallow all present for the gangbang. Full marks to him for a fine ride as he kept it together all the way to the end. As in the movies, the German came out on top of the gangbang and Bastian attacked with 2km to go and took the win. PA – legs twisted with cramp – came home 4th in the sprint.

The fireman hoses at the end were a welcome respite from the heat. We then had lunch, beers and awards in another of those massive Indonesian sheds in the middle of nowhere. One wonders what these are used for on other days of the week.

The usual Cycosports efficiency took a hit on the way back. Something went amiss with the bikes and our lone ferry ended up being delayed for 2 hours. The crowd were surprisingly stoic and no one really got shirty about it. A small price to pay to get such a good race! The resort probably loved it too – easily selling a years worth of Magnums and tinnies to the FBCC in those 2 hours.

Overall, a good race for the team. We rode well, made the race defining move but were just unlucky to be beneath the dogpile of Maverics. Congrats to the boys in red – they rode a fine race.

Cycosports Pasir Gudang | Cat 2 Alternative View

Peter McQuade

Woke up at stupid o’clock and rode to the Cycosports chartered bus at the Turf club. Bus left by 5.45am and seemed like just a few minutes to get to the Border. Bikes were all over the bus and getting on and off required navigating around a few of them.

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Hardly anyone else was at customs and immigration so we all got through pretty quickly. We arrived at the venue by about 7am and unloaded the bikes.

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Cat 2 race was at 9am so I just sat around and waited a while before warming up. We were allowed one lap of the course before the race, I also did a lap before the Cat 3 race to get familiar with the course.

The Cat 2 race was eventually underway with a field of about 50 riders and even before I crossed the start line someone fell off their bike which was worrying. Luckily this was the only incident.

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The race was 11 laps of about 4k each. I hovered around the back for the first 2 laps shaking out the nerves and getting a feel for it. Some guys were so relaxed early on it looked like they were at a party.

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This guy was trying to eat my rear camera during the race so I took off and got involved in a few failed break attempts to pass the time.

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Most of the race Craig was on my wheel, the camera doesn’t lie J

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As I mentioned earlier there were a number of failed break away attempts. Each was chased down dragging the whole bunch back in the process. The Mavericks had the numbers and were involved in just about every attack.

Towards the end of the race the sky was getting dark and the race was also hotting up with guys taking risks to overtake.

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On the last lap with about 30 riders still left in contention it started to rain and got pretty heavy by the final chicane before the finish line. I was a bit far back in the pack and not prepared to take risks in the wet to move up so was out of contention for a podium so had to race for the best place I could get. Managed to get about 16th and crossed the line in pouring rain.

In short, the Mavs controlled things. In the sprint Craig went too early and blew up, I went too late and was too far back and Hish got it right but cant sprint. Mavs had the numbers and timed it right in the end

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I was somewhat happy with my race, could have done better but no else cares so all is good.

After watching the Women and the Cat 1’s race in the wet we all rode back to the Cycosports Chartered bus in the rain and waited a little bit for the guys in charge to load them. My bike needed some rain to wash off all the sweat from the weekend so I was ok with this. I was originally planning on riding back to Singapore but didn’t feel like riding through JB in the rain having my tyres sliced up and then spending 2 days cleaning off all the crap afterwards. The bus was good. On the way back we all went through customs and immigration all wet in our bike gear clip clopping along in our bike shoes. Was pretty funny.

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Kudos to Cycosports for putting on this race.

A complete video of the race from the bike can be seen here

Cycosports Pasir Gudang | Cat 1

Donald MacDonald

Apt that this race took place on the same day as Tour of Flanders. I felt and looked decidedly Flandrian when I finally made it to the sanctuary of my shower at 4pm. Covered in muck, soaking wet and freezing cold. The race was a real departure from our usual fair of local dignitaries, catamarans and dodgy karaoke award ceremonies.

The day started well. A small group of 8 – Mavs, Direct Asia & Lapierre- rode up to the border in fine weather. Pete, Will and myself represented TDA. Things went smoother than my newly shaved forearms until we got within about 1km of the circuit. We accidentally took a turn one junction early at that point – resulting in 45 mins and 20km of searching till we finally found the circuit. Pasir Gudang is clearly a hot bed of sooper seekret research as it failed to show on any of the GPS in the group.

The extra km allowed my bowels to fully ferment my pre-race blessing to the toilet gods and I was proud of managing to drop another 2kg of my body weight just prior to the start. The toilet cleaner was likely less impressed as I just happened to visit the cubicle with the broken flusher 😞

My joy was short lived as the sky suddenly let loose with an apocalyptic dump of its own – and a full on monsoon lightning storm quickly ensued. They let us do a quick warm up to try the circuit and it was dodgy but ridable. The rain increased again and they started taking down the finish flag whilst we were out.

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Another half hour and much discussion with Cycosports and a few brave souls ventured out to try another test lap. Visibility was little more than a blur at this point and there were literally waves rolling across the track. However, we;d made the long trek up & decided to push ahead. Another 20 mins and then jointly agreed to go for it (at our own risk) with a rolling start to the race.

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I rode the 1st lap but the combination of the water, oil on the track and my dubious descending skills was like giving a firebomb to a baby. I played it safe and got off to watch the race from the pit building rooftop. In a fit of Alanis Morrisette styled irony, the rain slowed and it got slightly brighter as soon as I stopped…

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The race itself was super exciting with new boy Will in a break with Bastian for the first half of the race. He continued marshaling the chase until being robbed off potential glory by a puncture with 2 to go. Great first appearance for the team.

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Pete finished safely in the pack but also had some rare stints on the front for a lap. Noel Mav took the sprint by an inch over one of the Lapierres – although the initial results controversially said different.

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Ladies cat also proved interesting after a mix-up on the number of laps due to some dodgy mid- race communication. Lizzie Hodges took the sprint on lap 7 – despite the Organiser trying to say there were actually 10 laps! Full marks to the girls as they then refused to race further.

The ride back home was where things got especially epic. A three way of Malaysian highways, heavy rain and 20 tired cyclists was always going to have some dodgyness and so it proved very quickly.

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One of the CTA riders was the first victim with a double puncture – he was then ceremonially ditched in enemy country at the side of the road by his teammates. Thankfully the Mavs, DA and later (in a car) the joyriders also pulled up to help. Great camaraderie was shown in a frankly shitty situation but you simply couldn’t leave someone stranded in such bad conditions in their own.

Pete Bennett was next when his tub managed to pick up 6 different holes in a 2 inch patch. Tyre Weld foam tried to regain some much needed credibility by saving the day but again fluffed it. It did provide some amusement though when a bukkake spray of foam hit one of the party in the face! We soldiered on and eventually made it back home about 3 hours after leaving the circuit.

Another great job by the Cycosports boys. Almost single-handedly keeping racing alive – support them!