Like that technocolour fat bloke used to say, I'm excited!!
Its a good time to be a cycling fan if you are into road racing, saw a few guys around town today. Had a brief chat to Von Hoff at the end of the bike track. That dude is going places. And for me I think its great that he rates yesterdays win as his biggest, when he is riding for Green Edge in 12months time and is rolling around France a year after that.....I can say I saw him win his first big race In my backyard!!
I will be cheering loudest for the Hobart guys from ride.net.au I used to ride with one of them,top young bloke.
Not sure where I am going to watch from, will take the MTB up through Glenorchy to the springs and then see how far up I get. Probably near the scree section that has clear views down the mountain, just for the backdrop for photos.
pist i couldnt get the morning off work.
http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/tour-o ... tt/results
Some great photo's here of day 1 , on Mt Wellington.
Was anybody else from here up at the Springs watching??
Thanks for the link, some good ones there.
I think I might have been standing opposite you and your wife? Then saw you again afterwards on the North-South track when you were de-layering? My teeth had just stopped chattering before I came past I ended up doing a good solid effort for the whole track and set a new pb. Even with it being a bit damp in places, it was the first time doing it on new tubeless tires. They have an incredible amount of grip!
I was standing next to that couple , by myself , blue top orange helmet(Black Santacruz).
That was you across the road , with Trek hard-tail?
I did go back down North/South , but left the springs as soon as the last team had passed.
Had a good ride down , didn't take long to get down into Lenah Valley.
Ahh I see!! I knew I recognized the bike in your profile pic but I did not see who got one which bike at the end. And I was too focused on the trail when I passed that couple.[they were stopped] I got chatting to some people afterwards so left maybe 10-15mins after the last team.
Yep thats my hardtail. A 2008 6700 series, bit of a tank but has done a reliable 4500kms so far.
Your bike is badass. It needs a small red led light flashing across the front of it, knight rider style
Good to see the guy's hard at work at Junction cabin ,on the way back down.
Wont be long now and the link will be complete.
I live at Glenorchy , do a lot of riding in Glenorchy/Lenah Valley/South Hobart , so it is awesome to have a trail that links all these areas together.
Yeah its great isnt it. I am at Claremont so ride a lot of the same trails no doubt. Although my usual loop is up via the waterworks then onroad to the springs to do the N/S track. Less work=more fun in that direction huh I have done it the hard way maybe half a dozen times since they linked the Kangaroo valley track to Lenah Valley.
The track builders have done a bloody good job. With skills like that around and the greater Hobart master plan for trails, the future looks good.
I have even been thinking about doing some of the XC summer series. Just pretty casually in the sport section[or maybe vets, where ever they chuck me]
Have you done any races?
The last race I did was on my Girvin Proflex 855 in about 1995/96 at Ridgeway.
Have always wanted to do one of the 6/12 hour type races (with a team) , but just haven't got around to it.
I have just ordered a road bike , after 20 odd years of MTB riding.
I do have a bit of a desire to maybe have a go racing that , with the vets club.
Will have to see how I go adapting to skinny tyres first.
Looking forward to it , except to the lack of disk brakes on roadies.
I have done two races with the vets, 11months apart. The second one was only a couple of weeks ago. Just in div 4.
Its good fun, I dont tend to push that hard on my own.
If I was not allergic to rain I would race more often
The vets tend to cancel in the wet anyway. Last sat with the Dome crew was my first road ride in the rain for over a year (had a fall on grasstree in the wet and it almost cost me a contract job) and the only reason I rode was it was sunny up at Austins Ferry when I left. Am glad I did go as it has regained a bit of confidence on wet roads.
I would still ride my commuter in the rain as I need to get to work somehow and that is just along the bike track. I also have no issues riding the mountain bike in the wet just not a fan on the roadie.
Back on topic.
Top 20 overall after stage 5.
1 Cameron Peterson (V Australia) 7:08:17
2 Nathan Haas (Genesys Wealth Advisers) 0:00:16
3 Dale Parker (Jayco - 2XU) 0:00:23
4 Joshua Atkins (Jayco - 2XU) 0:00:27
5 Jai Crawford (Jayco - 2XU) 0:00:38
6 Nathan Earle (Genesys Wealth Advisers) 0:00:49
7 Bernard Sulzberger (V Australia) 0:00:56
8 Alexander Serov (Team Russia) 0:01:02
9 Campbell Flakemore (Genesys Wealth Advisers) 0:01:12
10 Valery Valynin (Team Russia) 0:01:15
11 Christopher Winn (V Australia) 0:01:22
12 Alexander Khatuntsev (Team Russia) 0:01:25
13 Joseph Lewis (Bikebug.Com) 0:03:23
14 Jay Bourke (Search2Retain) 0:04:17
15 Mark O'Brien (Team Down Under) 0:05:00
16 Blake Hose (John West Cycling Team) 0:06:19
17 Ben Dyball (Jayco - AIS) 0:06:33
18 Mark Jamieson (Jayco - 2XU) 0:06:51
19 Calvin Watson (Genesys Wealth Advisers) 0:06:59
20 Samuel Davis (Plan B Racing) 0:08:04
Any pics Baldy ??
I'd have preferred an ITT over the TTT up the mountain. Would have liked to see what two local guys (relative to me) Ben Dyball and Brodie Talbot could have done without the restrictions of a team.
Yeah mate, got a few but none of them are real good. The fog/cloud and a cold/excited operator did not help. I just had them on facebook but here ya go...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/62577874@N ... 725843965/
You know Dyball ....aka Starvin Marvin huh ? That kid sure can climb! I remember him doing well in a race down here a while back? Cant put my finger on it Could have been on a mtb? Freycinet challenge? Or I could have my wires crossed altogether.
The TTT up a mountain idea is a little unusual. My take on it: http://marc.durdin.net/2011/10/tour-of- ... trial.html
Still young enough to win the Tour de France
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