Terpstra wins Harelbeke; Cavendish out of Commonwealth Games: Daily News Digest

by Caley Fretz

March 24, 2018

In today’s Daily News Digest: Terpstra takes a solo win at E3 Harelbeke; Pantano wins stage 5 of the Volta a Catalunya; Cavendish out of Commonwealth Games; First rider reaches halfway point in Australia crossing; Luca Pacioni wins again in Langkawi; Bont’s premium Helix now ready for sale; Leads consolidated in Cape Epic TT; Gracie Elvin living the Ronde like a local; How to make a hamburger with Jasper Stuyven

First rider in 5,500 kilometres Australian crossing past half-way point

by Simone Giuliani

Nearly a week into the 5,500 kilometre ride from Fremantle to Sydney, and the first rider has made it across the desert plains of the Nullarbor and into the city of churches.

The 24 year-old Australian rider Abdullah Zeinab, rode into central Adelaide on Friday evening, the mid-point for the self-supported ride across the nation that was inspired by the Indian Pacific Wheel Race. The race was cancelled, but around 50 riders still set off from Fremantle on Saturday morning at 6:22 am on Saturday March 17 anyway.

Riders are spread out across Western Australia and South Australia. French rider Stephane Ouaja and UK rider Dan Welch are through the remote areas and are now riding around 400 hundred kilometres behind Zeinab. Others closer to the back of the bunch, but with over 1,000 kilometres in their legs anyway, are still working their way toward the South Australian border.

The journey started on Saturday with a tail-wind to quicken the progress but then shifted to vicious headwinds on the long, remote road crossing of the Nullarbor Plain. This part of the journey was tough enough anyway, especially if you are tackling it on a fixed gear bicycle, like UK rider Joseph Kendrick.

For live-tracking of the riders, click here and you can also find posts on Instagram at #IPWR. To see the story of the preparation for the challenge with Purdie Long – who is currently working her way across the Nullabor – head here and follow her on social media with #golong.