Report 5- Glabbeck Kermesse. Bikenz Track Team Road Phase

Postby Melissa_Theuriau on Tue 5/May/09 3:28pm

BIKE NZ RACEAPPOINTMENT
Name of event:  GlabbeckKermesse, 117km.  Start 3pm.

Date of event: 1 May 2009

Athletes:                             Staff:
Marc RyanDirector sportif/coach:
Shem RogerDamian Marsh
Aaron Gate
Westley Gough
Shane Archbold 
Tom Scully
 Soigner:Sarah Blake
The day turned out to be abeautiful sunny warm day, the days race not too far away from our base, ~ 30kms, so the boys rode down there to turn their legs over. The race was 16 lapsof a 7.2km circuit, compared to last weeks Kermesse it was more flat openand faster changing the race dynamics, with two rolling climbs included. So notdead flat. 

Myron sat the day out, thedecision secondary to the fact that he'd raced hard the night before, usingthis day to build the aerobic engine which most who come from sprint backgroundneed to work on before smashing themselves with the high volume and aerobicintensity required for this type of racing... early days for the young fella.

One hundred and thirty twostarters rolled up, all with high hopes. The BikeNZ team rode very well today,a more cohesive, controlled approach to the race.

Again, the following shotsshould give you a feel for the day....

 

First lap, tight 90 degree bend. Note the particularlygarish green kit. This was a big team of 13 riders who's team is based in thehome town where the race started, feverish to win... 


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West initiated the first break of the day, here you see himattacking off the front on the outside

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Shem and Marc sitting pretty in the bunch keeping their coolwhile the others started to feel the hurt...


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However it wasn't long before Marc and Shem 'hit it up'taking a few across with them to join their teammate. This break established alead of nearly a minute. of about 13 stayed away for around four laps, howeverwas shut down by the 'garish team' as they only had one or two of their massivegroup in this break.

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Safe to say the BikeNZ boys drove the break pretty hardestablishing a lead of nearly one minute. Here you see Marc and West hitting itout of the tight corner.

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The boys wondering if anyone else was going to rollthrough....

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Safe to say, they were 'in the box'

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Shem rolling sweetly....

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Eventually the break was closed down. But with five laps togo Marc attacked again rolling off the front, establishing the decisive breakin the race. These two were joined by a bunch of others (~ 30 odd) includingShane, who despite the previous evenings durney racing aintics, was riding verystrongly also.

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West, Shem and Tom in the background controlling itperfectly....

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'The pain' suffered shown is this guys face, as the frontgroup continued their to drive it. Shane comfortable....

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Despite the extra wind resistance from the mullet flappingin the wind. 


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By now, the break was established and as per the usual, thecyclists turn from a cohesive unit working as a team, into a 'dog eat dog'affair, with furious attacks coming more and more frequently from within. HereMarc is working hard, 'almost' losing his poker face.

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Shane also feeling it by now

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Shem and Aaron rolling...

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In the final few kilometers, a break of seven (includingMarc)  slipped away from the group. Unfortunately Shane missed this break.Marc, after doing much hard during the race didn't have enough gas in his legsto win the sprint... cruising in for an easy third. Although it's all good hardaerobic training after a serious track season short on volume. Unfortunatelythe photographer blew it, but Shane easily took the remaining bunch sprintfinishing a creditable eighth.

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Post race. All the boys into their recovery drinks. Westwith cramps in his right hand, and Toby (one of our adopted GB boys, third fromright), hanging with the 'in-crowd'. Meanwhile Marc wonders if he could chopthe whole bunch of bananas in one go... After this, it's pack up time, with theboys heading off to collect their prize money and check if their names are onthe list for doping control prior to riding home.
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All in all a good day, less than half of the race finished.The kiwis were well represented in every break and all of them finished. Andit's all good training for some of the more serious racing on the horizon.

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Original Published: 9:05am Tuesday, 5th May 2009 - NZST
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