Tour of PoYang Lake 2014
Satalyst Giant at Tour of PoYang Lake
The Satalyst Giant Racing Team received a last minute opportunity to compete in the Tour of Poyang Lake in China. The Team that was quickly assembled is Andrew Williams, development squad riders Henry Pennell and Tim Sellar and the experienced guest rider Doug Repacholi. The Tour kicked off yesterday so keep posted for updates from the Team as the Tour progresses.
The event is not covered by the Teams budget for the year so big thanks to Hall Cycle Training, Exerceo Centre and Unicorn for helping to fund the riders. Also thanks to Terry Simms for creating the opportunity.
Poyang Lake tour, stage 4:Tim Sellar Race Report
The 4th stage of this tour looked to be quite easy on paper but looks can be deceiving. It involved 5 laps of a 17 km circuit. With a longish, draggy climb out the back of the course. Then a narrow run through the city, to the start/finish line. Most of the roads were open highway.
The start was just like every other day. Really fast. The breaks were on a tight leash for the first part of the race. Until a promising move got away on the 2nd lap that was initiated by our own Henry Pennel. Who gaining lots of experience in this race and is improving at a rapid rate. He managed to get 2nd in two intermediate sprints before getting caught in the final 10km.
Meanwhile in the bunch we were marking every move that went, in a hope that Henry’s group would stay away until the finish. Andy was in good position as always and looking strong for the bunch gallop. I helped the guys get into a good position on the final lap, then my job was done. I was not feeling too flash after 2 days of antibiotics. Craig and Doug moved up to Andy near the finish and tried their luck in a bunch gallop.
The final 5 km was hectic from what I saw. The bunch weaved all over the road whilst he guys positioned themselves for the sprint. Unfortunately for Andy he was chopped on the final bend and forced out of contention but still finished top 20. Dougy did a flyer with 500 to go but ran out of legs and finished just out of the top 10. Craig finished around 25th (he’s getting stronger every day.) Henry finished in the pack and I was just off the back.
We are still hungry for a top 10 or even a stage win!
Poyang Lake Tour, Stage 5: By Tim Sellar
The fifth stage of the tour was another circuit race around the city of LePing. Each lap was 5 x 16.2km long with 2 you bolts, a draggy incline and a narrow/ twisty run into the finish. The barriers were the main obstacle though, with a few being lifted by the wind and swung into the pelo. Taking out a few unfortunate riders. Fortunately no one in our team was involved.
The start was the same as usual, with attacks going all the time but nothing getting away. Henry and myself were designated to follow moves and try to get into the break. We both got into some promising moves but nothing stuck. Andy saved himself for the any moves that were going after the only intermediate sprint of the day. About halfway through the race. Surely enough a move got away with a couple of the big hitters in it. Including Andy.
About 10 guys got into the break and they all looked committed to it. The gap quickly grew out to 50 secs before some of the bigger teams tried to chase it down. It was too late though. About 3 teams had a crack but the gap wasn’t going down and we were soon on our last lap. Eventually the pack sat up and the gap grew even more. We hit the hill with 7 km to go and the field was scrambling to get any kind of organisation. Meanwhile Andy was drilling the break and maintaining the gap.
With 5 km to go the field was single file and drilling it to the finish line. But it was too late. We got into the final few bends and I knew Andy’s group had stayed away. Andy managed to finish 4th in the sprint! The group finished around 20 secs back. Dougy and craig tried the sprint. Both finishing within the top 30. Henry and I finished near the back of the pelo. Jobs done. Tomorrows stage should be a doozy and we look forward to it.
Poyang Lake Tour, Stage 6: by Tim Sellar
Stage six started with some fireworks, literally. We then rode to the start line and signed on. Stage 6 looked to be the queen stage of the tour. Hills and twisty roads were numerous on the profile. Then a fast, downhill run along the highway took us to the finish.
The race started like it usually does (you know the drill.) Fast. Attacks going. Nothing sticking. Dodgy riding was the go for today. People forced their way through gaps that weren’t there and etiquette went out the window. Luckily I found myself at the front for the start of the “climbs.” Old Dougy and I were the two men for the early breaks. We took turns going off the front but to no avail.
By the halfway mark we took a 90 degree left turn and hit the biggest hill of the day. The road narrowed and the pack split to pieces. We all made the front bunch but unfortunately the pack sat up, allowing everyone to get back on. I had a few digs along the highway but it seemed everyone wanted a sprint. I tried to line it out with 15 km to go, hoping that a few sprinters got caught out and had to spend energy getting back to the front. It worked initially but I wasn’t strong enough to keep it going. So I tried for a last minute break. Again no one was having any of it.
We got to 5 km to go and everyone was gearing up for the sprint. No teams had a proper lead out going so it was a dog fight at the front. Luckily most of us were in good position when a crash happened at 50 km/h. (Caused by someone with low experience in bunches.) Craig was caught up in the crash but managed to get back on after a hard chase. Andy and Dougy tried the sprint with what was left of the pack. Dougy gave Andy a perfect lead out. Hitting the front with 500 to go but Andy felt the effects of yesterday. Thats racing. Both finished around the top 10. Craig and myself finished around the top 50. Henry finished just off the back of the pelo after some hard efforts to get off the front near the end. We all stayed upright and we all feel better than ever. We look forward to the rest day, Sunday.
Over and out.
Poyang Lake Tour, stage 7:
The seventh stage is the last stage before the rest day. The course was dead flat on the profile but the terrain isn’t what made this stage one of the hardest of this tour, so far. It was a twisty and tight course that took place on a single lane road most of the way. The wind was also positioned so that there were cross winds the majority of the race. This meant that gutter action happened often and the race was single file from the gun.
Tired legs were numerous in the peloton. So were fatigued minds. This was due to the difficult stage yesterday. The pace quickly got up to 47 km /h and didn’t slow down for the whole 120km. Unfortunately Dougy had a mechanical on the first lap and could not continue.
Poyang Lake Tour, stage 7: Tired legs and minds..Report by Tim Sellar
We started the race and from km 0 there was a move off the front. Which had Henry in it and four others. The move got brought back by the main climb of the day. Then attacks came from everywhere. Nothing got away. Andy was in good position the whole day, covering anything that looked dangerous. Each lap there was fewer and fewer riders due to the insane pace that was being set up the front.
By the last lap the field had almost halved in size. A move went just before the main climb. With 20 km to go. It was very dangerous and we did not have Andy in it. Luckily neither did the race leader. His team chased hard but ran out of steam with 10km to go. Dougy and I were just trying to hang on and finish with the bunch.
On the last climb Andy took matters into his own hands and chased. He managed to take 20 secs out of the leaders. Once he had finished his effort the field sat up and the gap went out again. With 5 km to go I made an attempt to drive the front but I didn’t have the legs to even get there.
The pace went back on with 3 km to go as everyone scrambled for a good position. The last kilometre was on rough roads after u bolt. This made having a good position vital. Andy and Doug were at the front and had a go in the sprint. Doug finished top 20. Andy finished top 30. I finished just outside the top 50. Craig was just off the back after a hard chase. Henry didn’t have a good one and DNFed. The break stayed away by 20 secs which put Andy down a few places for GC. He sits in 15th. We are learning more and more every day and hope to get a good result by the end of the tour.
Poyang Lake Tour, Stage 9:Report by Tim Sellar
The ninth stage was a rectangular shaped kermess around a lake in the city of Fuzhou. The race was 81 km, which was 12 laps of the course. It was a windy day. The wind positioned itself so that there was a cross wind the whole way around the course. So riding at the front was essential.
The race started 6 km from the course. It was fast like usual. Attacks went constantly but the pace was frantic. The first few laps around the course I looked to see what the hard parts were and where I could save energy. I quickly figured out that the 2nd and 3rd straight could split the pack easily as there was a strong cross wind most of the way. I then could conserve on the home straight. I tried to split the pack a few times on this straight. It worked too but when i ran out of legs everyone sat up and the stragglers got back on.
This left the door open for counter moves which were dangerous as everyone’s legs were tired. Fortunately Andy was able to follow these moves and let me recover to do it again. This happened about 3 laps in a row. By the half way mark everyone was tired from following moves and were getting lazy. I tried to take advantage of this but my legs were also tired and packed in as soon as I got a gap.
After these efforts I was tired and got Henry to go up the road. He did this very well. Getting into a few moves and taking the pressure off Andy to chase. With 3 laps to go the pace was on and all the breaks had been brought back. It was looking like a bunch sprint but the pace was so high it split the field along to back straight. Andy was in it but it got brought back by some teams who wanted a bunch sprint.
With a lap to go Andy was at the front and looking comfortable. The rest of us were hanging on for dear life. The final was as hectic as ever. Everyone was going everywhere. Andy tried the sprint and managed to get another top 10! Craig came in top 30. Henry and I finished around 60th. Doug broke his chain on the first lap and DNFed. We are all feeling better then ever. Hopefully we can shake this flu and get a result in the final two stages.
Poyang Lake Tour, Stage 10:Report by Tim Sellar
There is a lot that can be said about this stage. Its the queen stage of the tour. The hardest stage by a mile and this was just after doing a couple of recon laps (where there was 3 crashes.) The stage was 70.6 km long, which included 25 laps of a 2.6 km circuit. The circuit went up and down a hill. The ascents and descents were both technical and were shaded by trees. The roads were also tight, wet and hardly used. This made it seem like an ice rink. Gc time didn’t count on this stage due to the expectation of a lot of DNFs.
Everyone was concerned about rider safety as it played a massive role when you have a bunch of 105 guys trying to fit on a wet and slippery road that only fits 2 or 3 guys at a time. However the riders were told to take it easy and the race went ahead. As per usual positioning was vital so getting to the start early was a must. We all lined up around mid pack and we were away.
I found myself in a group of 10 guys, which I think was the second group on the road. We worked well, catching lots of riders and even lapping a lot of guys. By the half way mark we got the call that the front guys were just about to lap us. This is when the confusion set in. A lot of guys didn’t know who was on what lap and we were all in a big group for a while. Confused.
I decided to just keep riding and hope that I didn’t get pulled out as I had 6 laps to go and had only been lapped once (your allowed to get lapped twice.) I found a group of 5 that I worked well with for the last 5 laps of the race. We didn’t get lapped and I finished with them. Around the top 30. I was happy to finish with my skin in tact (well most of it.) Now to reassess and finish with a bang.
Tour of Tasmania 2014
Also great to see Fitzy back in the Team after battling hea…lth issues for most of the year. The Team will be looking to continue the aggressive racing that has been delivering results throughout the year.The Team:
Andrew Jackson (Team Manager)
Jaimie Kelly/John Harman (Support)
Stage one of the Tour of Tasmania by Mat Marshall, Mt Wellington individual time trial – only 17km… but quite possibly the hardest 17km of N.R.S which the field would be confronted with this season.
The first riders tackled the clock at 10:30pm in sunny but blustery conditions. Theo, Alex and Jono were all treated with a warm up in dry conditions, however the rest of the boys were forced to contend with cold and persistent rain during both the warmup and on the start line as a cold front made its way across the Mountain later in the day.
Mat was off last from Satalyst and was on track to posting a credible time, however he succumb to the same fate as numerous other riders (including Jackson Mawby) on the greasy roads early on in the time trial. Coupled with those hiccups and amazing performances from some of the top N.R.S riders the team didn’t quite manage get the result they were after today.
Nevertheless, with five more days of racing to come the team are extremely motivated to consolidate their losses from today and look forward to securing a stage win at some point later in the week.
Stage 2-Strathgordon to New Norfolk By Ben O’Connor
The day commenced with an early wake up and long commute to Stragadthorn. With the start in 5 minutes time, the weather closed in and rain welcomed us at the start line. With a very hilly first 60km, race got underway in the rain and there was a flurry of attacks in which all the boys initiated or were represented in, but nothing really got away. Just after the first sprint, I attacked and managed to get a gap with 2 others, until we were joined by our 4th and final rider. We collaborated well, until with 13km to go, myself and wes Sulzberg put the pressure on up a small climb, dropping our compatriots. With a 400m uphill slog to the finish I took up the sprint and managed to get a gap, but was outclassed, and came in for a very happy 2nd place. 48 seconds later the bunch came through the finish, with the boys helping Jono to a 9th Place finish and 2nd on Teams result. Tomorrow we will aim to be aggressive once again, and work hard for more good results. From out on the road, Ben
2014 Lakes Oil Tour of Gippsland
2014 Lakes Oil Tour of Gippsland | 3 Sep – 7 Sep
The Satalyst Giant Racing Team is travelling to Warragul for the next round of the National Road Series starting on Wednesday. The Team will be looking to continue the aggressive riding that has seen Satalyst Giant move up to 5th place on the overall NRS Teams rankings. The Lakes Oil Tour of Gippsland features seven stages across the greater Gippsland region from the 3-7th of September.
The Satalyst Giant Racing Team:
- Pat Shaw – Team Captain
- Kane Walker
- Jackson Mawby
- Theo Yates
- Alex Smyth-continuing to build some form after a long injury recovery period.
- Mat Marshall
- Aaron Slavik- Good to see Slav back in the NRS
- Sam Welsford- charging after picking up a gold medal at the World Junior Track Championships.
- Andrew Jackson-DS
Aaron Slavik Stage 1 Gippsland Report inc Theo winning Most Aggressive rider jersey.
Stage 1 of the Lakes oil tour of Gippsland started out to a big crowd in the home town of fellow team mate Kane Walker, Warragul. The bunch was nervous and several crashes ensued. Luckily none of our boys came down. The two main breaks of the day we represented well with theo and Kane reading the moves perfectly.
The First KOM all the boys rode over in the pelo and the quick decent to the bottom of the second KOM meant little time to reposition. Pat was our best placed rider over the 2nd KOM took out 3rd. Unfortunately we missed the break that went after the climb and pat called the team to the front to pull it back. Kane, Theo and Jackson rode like demons and the break was reeled in with 1km to go. This meant however that we didn’t have the firepower to position our sprinters were we wanted. But there is always tomorrow.
Theo’s efforts earned him the Most Aggressive rider jersey, our 4th in the last 7 road stages in NRS competition
Alex Smyth Race Report – Stage 2
Stage 2 was an undulating 115km with three major hill climbs. The 3km neutral was mostly down hill and had the bunch on edge. The team positioned themselves well for the opening kilometres of the race as it was straight uphill from the start of the race. No major splits happened in the race until the 50km mark where 7 riders got out to 1min and 9 seconds maximum time gap. Team leader Pat Shaw suffered a puncture just before the move went and good team work by Theo Yates brought the duo back to the main peloton after there were two major splits on the second hill climb of the day. There was some major depth shown in the field today as the average speed was high, but there was a big bunch that crossed the finish line together after a solid pace was set buy the two giants of the race in Avanti and Budget Forklifts.
The two Giant Bicycle teams in the bunch again took out the top two spots in the team classification for the stage, Charter Mason – Giant winning and Satalyst – Giant taking second.
It was a good feeling for me, having a slow leak in my back wheel, to finish in 6th place in the stage. Thanks to Kane Walker for advising me to put tyre sealant in my wheels before the tour, allowing me to finish in the bunch when the leak was plugged with about 15km to the finish.
Hats off to Matthew Marshall who attacked more times than I can count in a fatigued state on the last hill climb, showing he is gaining good climbing form coming up to tour of Tasmania. Another big shout out to Sam Welsford who (almost single handed) closed a rather large gap that formed mid race up one of the major hill climbs. Sam also suffered a puncture early in the race.
The team is staying in Sale tonight, the same town as the criterium and the start of the afternoon road stage tomorrow. Tomorrow will be a test as the longest road stage for the tour containing the largest hill climb for the tour, after a 36km criterium!
From out on the road,
Stage 3 – The Sale Criterium -Alex Smyth Race Report
With Team Avanti in the leaders jersey it was up to them to control the criterium on the fast rectangle course in sale this morning. Smooth roads were a welcome feeling for the bums of the riders throughout the bunch as many were feeling the hurt after two days on rather bumpy high grade bitumen.
The pace was solid but not super quick as three Avanti team riders controlled the pace behind an early escape of two riders. The two riders out front were slowly extending the gap when Pat Shaw, one of the most experienced riders in the whole bunch, decided to do a faster turn bringing the pace of the bunch up by about three kilometres an hour and bringing the time gap back down by 7 seconds in one lap.
The whole team held good position for the majority of the race and were unlucky when swamped by a large bunch of riders on the final laps. A rather easy race had a lot of the fast finishers fresh at the finish. The afternoon stage with a big hill in it has the bunch trying to conserve a lot of energy. 130km with a rather large hill climb (7km with pinches of around 12%) has all the general classification riders chomping at the bit. Slightly different tactics for the Satalyst team going into this stage with very few hill climbers and a young perth team should prove to be very aggressive and I’m sure there will be some very sore legs by the end of the day.
from out on the road,
Stage 4 – Showing Fatigue…by Alex Smyth
Everyone knew that the afternoon stage was going to cause a huge split in the field. There was a major hill climb that started 54km into the stage, and tired legs mixed with speeds of 30-35km/h up the climb in the bunch caused multiple small groups to be formed. Speeds of over 90km/h on the decent meant that lots of groups came together on the straight flowing decent.
There was an incident on some raised train tracks early in the stage which young rider Jackson Mawby was unable to avoid, winding himself and making a huge effort to finish the stage with the main bunch.
Matt Marshall and Pat Shaw were the protected riders for the team and they were put in prime position leading into the climb. Both of them made front bunch which crested the top of the climb just behind the break away, they quickly motivated the group to help it survive because they knew that we had two strong riders that would be able to finish strong in GC as well as Teams GC benefiting. However, the remaining 60km the bunch would linger between 1minute 10 seconds and as low as 12 seconds in front of the bunch. After Pat followed numerous attacks Matt told him to sit on and he would ride to keep that bunch of climbers away for a small bunch kick. Without that effort we would not have achieved our teams GC result. Pat now sits 6th on the General Classification and Matt Marshall 12th on the overall standings.
The main bunch was able to close the gap to the dropped break away riders right on the finish line. A scrappy long sprint showed how tired the sprinters legs were after a long day in the saddle.
Everyone here is looking forward to the last two days of racing this weekend.
from out on the road,
Stage 5 – Pain in Paynesville – Alex Smyth Race Report
There were some sore legs at the start of the stage this morning. The usual line up to the start line wasn’t fought for as hard as usual as the race started with 4.8km of neutral. Chatting with various other teams, the general consensus about the race was that most teams were happy for a bunch sprint, although a ferocious start didn’t allow any moves to go when team Budget took up the reigns and the bunch didn’t seem to drop below about 46km/h even up the hills. Short and sharp was the terrain, with some very narrow roads through the valleys in between. At stages of the race there were reports of the bunch being single file and stretching back over 400 metres as they snaked through the ‘belgian-esque’ terrain.
The team were very active early in the race, with Kane Walker being in the most promising move early on when one of the strongest riders in the peloton and companion of Kane’s in the break away, Michael Freiberg had a collision with one of the scout motorbikes and crashed in the centre of the road. The incident calmed the bunch down significantly and there was a smooth, but still a solid pace set until the first KOM where the bunch went, to be quite frank, pretty bloody hard.
Marred by a crash mid way up the climb in the centre of the road there was a solid chase buy the majority of the field as the climb flattened out. Only Pat Shaw and Matt Marshall were in front of the crash. The bunch was mostly back together again 65 km in as the terrain steadily got harder with dead roads and attempts at breaks going.
The second hill climb touched on 12% (according to my Garmin) and I was able to witness the ever improving form of Matt Marshall as he attacked and almost held off the field for points in the Hill Climbers Jersey. Unfortunately the climb flattened out before the top and he was just pipped on the line by some punchy climbers but looks to be in good form for some of the stages of Tour of Canberra and Tasmanian style climbing.
The bunch came together in the last 15km and there were some very tired legs in the bunch. The 97km had fatigued not only the legs of the riders but also the minds of some of the bunch and a simple overlap of wheels with about 1km to go saw about 15 riders hit the deck on the windy lead in to Metung.
A huge lead out by Pat Shaw saw him single handedly take on the entire Avanti lead out train and take me within 300 metres of the finish line. With a left hand turn less than 200m to go Scott Law from Avanti Racing Team slipped up the inside around the corner. I let him get a small gap and had a run at him for the finish line but was just overtaken buy the fast finishing Raph Freinstein (Charter Mason – Giant) by a wheel at the finish.
A close one but a huge relief to see that some form is coming along for the remainder of the season. A huge thanks to Andrew Jackson and Jamie Kelly – both who took me aside before the race and talked some sense into me to tell me that it was all in my head, not in my legs. As always, someone who does not get enough recognition is our team manager Wayne Evans. He supported me through multiple operations at the end of last year and his faith in my ability never wavered.
The last stage of the tour tomorrow has a later than usual start, beginning at 1pm. A hotdog circuit around Traralgon typically splits the field multiple times as there is a nasty hill that needs to be crested 30 times with some sharp and almost stand still corners at each end of the course.
The team is super excited to get active and capitalise on any opportunities that may arise in the stage.
from out here on the road,
Local Primary school visit to Promote The Tour of Gippsland 2014
Local Primary school visit to Promote The Tour of Gippsland 2014
The Tour of Gippsland is a prominent event for cycling in the Gippsland area and is only possible with the support of local businesses and schools. As the riders pass through various town of the region it is traditional for the students to catch a glimpse of the yellow jersey as the peloton rockets through.
Promoting cycling at a young age is integral to the growth of the sport and where better to start than the local primary schools. As part of a community awareness of the Tour of Gippsland 2014 a couple of local riders including Kane Walker (Satalyst Giant), Jarryd Jones (AWS) and Brenton Jones (Avanti Racing) dropped into Buln Buln Primary school to take to the students of grades 4-6 about their professional riding careers. The morning was a huge success with anecdotes, prizes, and education (for both riders and students). More school visits are scheduled in the upcoming days leading into the tour.
The Tour of Gippsland will take part in Victoria around the Gippsland region from the 2nd of September starting in Warragul and finishing in Traralgon on the 7th of September covering a total of 508kms over the 5 days of raining. Satalyst Giant Racing will be participating and continuing their upward trend of successes throughout this year’s National Road Series.
2014 Tour of the Great South Coast
2014 Tour of the Great South Coast | 13 Aug – 17 Aug
The next National Road Series event for the Satalyst Giant Racing Team is the Tour of the Great South Coast. Conducted in Victoria’s rugged and spectacular south-west region, the 5-day, 8 stage event kicks off today with two stages in Mt Gambier. The Team will be looking to build on the some promising signs from the Tour of the Murray where the results included a top 10 on GC and a podium position.
The Satalyst Giant Racing Team lining up for the Tour of the Great South Coast is:
- Sports Director: Andrew JACKSON
- 51 Patrick SHAW – Team Captain
- 52 Kane WALKER
- 53 Jackson MAWBY
- 54 Jono Bolton
- 55 Mathew MARSHALL
- 56 Theodore YATES
- 57 Mitchell COOPER
- 58 Alexander SMYTH
Jono Bolton’s Race Report
Kicking off a tour with a double stage was never going to be easy.
Throw in some rain and a maximum temperature similar to our minimum’s back in Perth, bang! Welcome to the Tour of the Great South Coast.
Stage 1 – A relatively simple crit course with four corners and a little hill.
With a bang we were off. Starting close to the back and missing my clip I spent the majority of the race trying to get to the front. The majority of the team did well to get in good position and ride representing I’m the majority of the moves. I finally got close and with 4 laps to go tried to have a little dig off the front. This was to no avail and I was brought back fairly soon after. Coming into the finish the team was hit with a bit of bad luck with our two fast guys Theo and Pat getting caught up in a bit of a crash but luckily they were both able to ride to the finish.
An hour and a half is all we had after the finish of stage one and the start of stage two, leaving us just enough time to get some lunch down and put on some fresh kit.
Stage 2 –
10 laps of a just over 6 km circuit; almost all up hill for the first half and mostly down for the second.
With a sprinkle of rain and the sound of the starters gun we were off.
With sprints and KOM points up for grabs on alternate laps the pace for the first lap wasn’t too bad. With not much action for the lap I was able to get myself into a good position for the first sprint.
Staying close to the front once the points had been claimed and the pace slowed, I decided to attack hoping at least someone would come with me – but to no joy. I decided to keep riding hoping a group would come across. Sure enough one did, but this was soon wound back in and I was able to take a bit of a break, Still being close to the front I was able to follow a few more moves but unfortunately none stuck. It was good to see the team being well represented up the front and not many moves going uncovered.
After a bit more of a rest I decided to have another dig on the far side of the course. After getting a bit of distance I was joined by 4 more riders and with the chance to have a bit of a sit in I managed to get one of the sprints. Not long after we were joined by a couple of other riders and then the group. Again good to see the giant satalyst colours in the mix at the front. With not much left in the tank I did my best to stay with the group and cross the line. After finishing I was stoked to hear I had be awarded the most aggressive rider. Well done to Pat for finishing in the top ten and a couple of the other boys up there to get the team third in the teams category.
Bring on tomorrow!
Race report – Stage 3
Stage 3 of the Tour of the Great South Coast brought a welcome rest day for the majority of riders in the field today. A fast start to the race didn’t allow any breaks to form after the 1.3km neutral section. There was a small break of just four riders that gained a large gap when half the peloton stopped for a “nature break” about 30km into the stage. The bunch was well controlled by just a small number of the Team Budget train keeping the rest of the team fresh for the final kilometres. 75km into the stage the gap had dramatically dropped to the peloton and the break were within sight. The bunch didn’t want to catch the break too soon as that would cause major counter attacks, so as the budget train tried to let the gap increase Satalyst Giant rider Theodore Yates took the initiative and attacked with two others bridging across the gap quickly and joined the breakaway. As a strong unit the break sprung out to over 2 minutes in front in a matter of minutes and the bunch once again enjoyed the buzzing of the freewheel as they slowed to a comfortable pace.
Unfortunately the break with Theodore was plagued by team politics and when they lost cohesion the bunch quickly sucked them back and the race was destined for a bunch kick with around 15km to go in the stage. A high pace mixed with a straight finish caused an absolutely chaotic finish to the stage, and it’s amazing that there were not any serious injuries in the final kilometres. A quick detour via a nice green paddock helped Pat Shaw avoid a crash and enter the top 10 places in the finish while the rest of the team sucked up places in the top 20 getting the team second in the teams classification for the day.
Tomorrow’s stage 4 is a criterium, right through the fishing town of Portland. 30 laps of a 1.6km circuit which contains two hairpin turns and a steep hill will test the legs of the team and the fresh legs in the bunch. The forecast is for nice weather with light winds. The morale is high going into the stage and a good team effort has helped boost the confidence of all the guys here on tour.
From out here on the road,
Mitchel James Cooper & Alexander James Smyth
Jackson Mawby Race Report Stages 6 & 7.
What an outstanding day for the team!
First up was a 40km criterium around the narrow streets of Koroit. The back straight was particularly treacherous. A two-lane road narrowed to one lane side street through a corner. The peloton played it cool, however, and everyone kept it upright. The crit provided a good opportunity for the sprinter folk in our team to give it a hot crack. Pat, Theo and Alex united in the intermediate sprints in to protect Pat’s second place overall. Pat picked up several bonus seconds and retained his second overall at the crits end. The team rode aggressively, with Jono and Jackson both making several attempts to get away. Pat ran 5th in the bunch sprints to pick up 6th on the stage.
The arvo rolled round for a 105km road race, finishing in Peterborough. The race was super aggressive. Breakaway attempts continued right up till the 50km mark where Avanti finally let a break go away. Kane represented the team well in the break, picking up bonus seconds in the intermediate sprints. Jono, aggressive as always, also did a fine job marking breaks. Avanti controlled the race, and by the 80km mark, the peloton was groupo compacto. A 12 rider break slipped away, containing Mitch and Jackson. Mitch contested the KOM in order to protect Pat’s second place on GC. This provided an ideal launch pad for Jackson to launch across to Cameron Peterson, who followed through with a move after placing 2nd in the KOM. Cameron and Jackson worked well for the remaining 15km, caught with less than 1km before the finish. Jackson was gutted the break didn’t stay away, but picked up the most aggressive rider.
The team also won teams classification afternoon, making it two arvo road races in a row, putting the team in the second place overall on teams classification. With a good performance tomorrow, the team could potentially win teams classification.
The team is very proud of their efforts today. Tomorrow we will ride aggressively and hope to win teams classification.
Pat Shaw – Team Captain
Tour of Great South Coast in review
Back home in Ballarat after what was a very successful week for the Satalyst – Giant Racing Team. Firstly the ability of the team as a whole, riders, mechanic (Jamie Kelly) and manager (Andrew Jackson) to push to be better as a unit has impressed me immensely.
We began the tour with firm goals; to be aggressive and create our own opportunities. To everyone’s credit in the team we did exactly that in securing three of the most aggressive stage awards during the tour.
We factored in every major break away during the tour and always fought hard throughout the stages. Which resulted in a fantastic 2nd place in the overall Teams Classification. To achieve this it takes the full effort of all 8 riders everyday in every stage, with the help of Jamie and Andrew with the work between and after stages they do this was made genuinely a lot easier to achieve.
Huge shout out must go to Kane Walker, 14th on GC whilst racing the tour as a massive foundation for our group Kane also spends a huge amount of time on our evening meals making sure the riders and staff are fuelled for the next day and getting the nutrients required to recover. His efforts are as usual with Kane well above standard and not easy job especially after the long hard days on tour.
A big cheer for all the boys, listened to team plan everyday and followed it, even if it seemed crazy, as mentioned our plan was to be aggressive. This made the bunch weaker over the stages, which allowed me to break away on the hardest stage of the tour and take a total of 23 KOM points, securing the jersey for the team and elevating myself to a high individual GC. I’m very heavily marked in these races and without the relentless and highly fatiguing work all the boys do to help me I would not be able to achieve the high GC results I have been.
Although we are not the biggest team in the NRS we sure raced as well as any other this week. We did our sponsors, supporters and ourselves proud, no doubt. Without the support from our sponsors we are nothing. Huge thanks to our title sponsor Satalyst, we really appreciate your support and without it we couldn’t be doing any of this, the huge steps of development and progression is in most parts thanks to your fantastic ongoing support of the team. Thanks Giant Bicycles Australia for our superb bikes, Torq Nutrition Australia for race nutrition and post race recovery (this is a big reason we can back up each and everyday) Cyclemania, Snap, McDonald’s, InfoCrank and all the other Team sponsors.
Lastly thanks to the crew back in Perth doing great work for the team and the staff that were on tour, now focus is only riding the momentum into and beyond Tour of Gippsland (September 3rd-7th),
Sam Welsford wins Team Pursuit Junior Gold
Satalyst Giant Racing Team Young Gun Sam Welsford is currently in Seoul Korea with the Australian Junior Track Cycling team competing at the Junior World Championships.
Fantastic news from day 1 for Sam as he was a member of the Men’s Team Pursuit team that won the Gold medal beating Columbia in the Gold medal ride off in a very solid time of 4:06 for the 4km journey.
This makes it two from two for Sam and the Aussie team as they were successful in 2013 on the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow the scene of the recent Commonwealth Games track competition
Sam will line up in the Men’s Omnium later in the week, a gruelling 6 event (flying lap, scratch race, elimination, points race, 3km Individual Pursuit and 1km Time Trial) held over 2 days, the rider with the lowest accumulated points from the 6 events is the winner, so the idea is to place as high as possible in all events.
I’m sure all at Satalyst Giant and our fantastic support network wishes Sam and the Aussie crew their best wishes for the remainder of the event.
Well done Sam
Thanks Andrew Jackson
Satalyst Giant racing team
Tour of Murray 2014
Great result overall with top 10 on GC, 6th in Teams Classification, Kane Walker podiuming during one stage and Pat Saw winning most aggressive rider award in Stage 1
Stage 1 Report – by Pat Shaw
Stage 2 Report
Stage 3 Report
Stage 4 Report
Stage 5 Report
Sam Welsford Adelaide International Sprint Series
Sam Welsford takes 5 wins at the International Sprint Series in Adelaide
In Sam’s words:
“For the past week I have been competing in Adelaide for the international sprint series. As I am part of the Australian junior world team, we were required to race the u19 section. The racing was full gas from the start and was top notch. My main goal was to use new techniques and learn as much as could, results were just a bonus. I came away with 5 wins and a couple of top fives so I learnt a lot.”
Thanks to Kevin Anderson @ Chameleon Photography
Bicycle Safety Presentation
We were at the Goldfields Cyclassic recently we had organised to have a presentation with the local school. There are only 32 school children in Menzies so have 10 turn up is not too bad. Jono has got his presentation on bicycle safety down pat – firstly introducing the team and the reason for the team bicycle safety and helmet safety initiative sponsored by McDonald’s.
Questions and answers about bicycle safety were going back and forwards. Sam Welsford then gave a talk about helmet safety, describing how the correct wearing of a bicycle helmet saved him from getting concussion when he crashed at the Tour de Perth.
Riders then asked the school children questions about bicycle safety and awarded the Bell Helmets to the person with the correct answer. All in all a successful event held in the main street of Menzies at the Goldfields Cyclassic – we’ll do it all again next year. Here are some photos from the day including the Logistics Coordinator holding onto the helmets in case they got lost. Big thank you to Andrew Mawby for the photos.
Goldfields Cyclassic 2014
Day 1 of the Goldfields Cyclassic started with an early flight out from Perth Kalgoorlie to kick off the first stage of the inaugural 2-day handicap. Over 200 Starters were present to race showing the growing popularity of the event. We had our work cut out for us today with a strong A grade field and with big cash prizes it was sure to be an aggressive race. As we left Kalgoorlie the roll through quickly started and we were sitting on 50khr until the first sprint point 18km out of town. We had decided to contest the sprint point so I launched an early attack from about 700m out and took the sprint with the boys following any wheels trying to bridge across to me. The surge of the sprint hurt a few legs and we begun to see people start sitting on so we gradually increased the pace until the field begun to dwindle in numbers. The B-grade field managed to do a good job and hold us off until around the 20km to go sign but when they were caught the attacks started. Groups tried to frantically get away however with the group travelling over 50khr nothing was sticking. Sure to be a bunch sprint the boys moved Sam Welsford into a great spot, as he was looking strong all day. Nick GD from Arbitrage launched his sprint early along with a few others however Sam was positioned perfectly to come past Nick to take the win with Nick GD in second and myself in 3rd and Jonathan Bolton in 4th with the rest of the lads very close behind.
Everybody rode extremely well and there are too many good things to mention individually as it was one of those days where everything worked very well. Tomorrow brings another tough stage but with the boys all feeling very strong we are hoping to take another win for Satalyst Giant.
Race report by Andy Williams