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by Mark Zalewski
June 16, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Atapuma wins first Suisse climbing stage; Nail biting final sees Majerus win stage 1 in the Aviva Women’s Tour; Five bicycles in Kalamazoo; Cameron Meyer leaves Dimension Data with immediate effect; Ryder on Meyer leaving Dimension Data: ‘It’s sad for all of us’; The races across and down America: Infected dog bites, a record holder out and flat batteries; Gay cycling champ promotes an authentic and visible life; Police searching for man placing tacks along cycling routes; IAM Cycling bus gets stuck at Tour de Suisse; Thousands of naked cyclists hope to increase awareness in Mexico; On-board footage from Tour de Suisse, stage 4; A day with Toms Skujins at Tour de Suisse; Spanish paralympian training for Rio
It was a hot day out on the road for Day 11 of the Trans Am, with temperatures in the mid-30’s for the lead riders as they made their way across Kansas. Greek rider Steffen Streich continued to stay in the lead, with over 4100 kilometres (2500 miles) clocked up for the race. Although, second and third place riders Lael Wilcox and American rider Evan Deutsch almost caught up to Streich while he was resting at the Newton Bike Shop, which is live streaming the rider visits. When they stopped to sleep as he rode, the gap stretched again.
There was a time during the day that it looked like Deutsch and Wilcox had ended their days of riding together, with Wilcox’s tracking dot remaining static while Deutsch forged ahead and Australia’s Sarah Hammond rode on past her marker, but it turned out to be nothing more than a flat battery on Wilcox’s tracker. In reality, Hammond was in fourth while Kai Edel remained close behind in fifth.
You can follow the rider on the live tracker and find more information on the Trans Am Facebook site. There is also a live chat about all things Trans Am with last year’s Trans Am winner Jesse Carlson on Hammond’s supporter Facebook page on Thursday at 8.30pm (AEST).
On day five of the 4,500 kilometre unsupported Tour Divide race Mike Hall continued to forge on in the lead at record pace, battling windy conditions to slightly extend his buffer to second place to around 140 kilometres. Single-speed rider, American Chris Plesko, held second while Australian rider Gareth Pellas moved into third. Compatriot Jackie Bernardi continued to dominate the women’s field with her gap to the nearest female competitor, American Christina Nacos, at over 280 kilometres.
Quite a few riders have had to pull out of the Tour Divide in the last couple of days with issues ranging from illness, to infected dog bites and one of the latest was last year’s winner and current course record holder Joseph Kato. He stopped after he was left with knee issues following what he described on social media as an “encounter with a driver who thought it’d be fun to make a grave marker out of a cyclist.” You can find all the latest rider updates on mtbcast.com and follow the riders by live tracker.