Bay Crits – Two Down, Two To Go!

by CyclingTips


Bay Series Race 2-11

Photo by James Broadway

Well today was some tough racing!  If the crosswinds didn’t rip everyone’s legs off the kicker of a hill we had to endure lap after lap certainly did.

Break-aways were the order of the day.  After the first 15 minutes there always seemed to be a move up the road.  Our ringer Koen de Kort was in a promising break for a good portion of the race but it was brought back with about 10minutes left in the race.  The sprinters weren’t going to let this one go.

My race?  I had an excellent first 15 minutes, a lull for about 30 minutes where I nearly got dropped every corner we went around, and then a strong 15 minutes before the finish.  Go figure.  I don’t know about you, but when I start feeling absolutely shattered in a race and can’t be bothered doing anything, that usually means I need a gel to pick me up.  However, it sometimes takes me a good 20 minutes to realize that I’m running low on sugar and can actually be bothered to have something to eat.  After I get a gel in me I’m a new man again within 60 seconds!

Results:

1 Greg Henderson (Mazda)
2 Chris Sutton (Skilled/Lowe Farms)
3 Daniel Braunsteins (Degani Cycling Cafe)
4 Graeme Brown (Urban)
5 Robbie McEwen (Mazda)
6 Baden Cooke (Skilled/Lowe Farms)
7 Matthew Goss (Degani Cycling Cafe)
8 Joel Pearson (Genesys Wealth Advisers)
9 Koen de Kort (O2 Networks)
10 Nicholas Walker (Degani Cycling Cafe)

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Hendo takes the win – James Broadway

Tomorrow will be my least favorite race – the dreaded hot dog circuit.  If you’re not in the top 20 you’re doomed.

Some great photos below by Leigh Schilling, James Broadway, and a cool video by Aaron Upson. Thanks heaps for sending in guys.  Brilliant!

video from yesterday’s race by Aaron Upson

Bay Series Race 2-7Photos below by James Broadway

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Bay Series Race 2-9

If one break were to be successful, this would have been the one.  As it often happens, after too many riders started bridging up to the break-away they stopped working together and everything fell apart.Bay Series Race 2-3

Bay Series Race 2-12Koen de Kort puts the hurt on

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Photos below by Leigh Schilling

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The start of the race when everyone is still looking fresh.

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Me looking like I’ve just finished Paris Roubaix with the photoshopping

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Nowhere to hide from the crosswinds on the back straight

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Leigh’s photoshop attempt at the “tilt shift” lens.  Looks like miniature models on bikes

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Looks at the size of Duncan Smith’s quads!  I’m rooming with Duncan for this race and I’m just starting to put together how much of a superstar this guy used to be.  Some of his stories are unbelievable!

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Daniel Braunsteins (front) is a monster!  He pipped Brown for 3rd today.  Well done Braunsteins!

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