Day 1 – Tour Great South Coast
The PhysioHealth Swift Carbon Cycling Team got back into the National Road Series after the mid year break today, commencing with the Mt Gambier Criterium in the morning and followed by the 65 km Blue Lake Road Race in the afternoon. The 36 km crit lasted 47 minutes, with Avanti’s Pat Shaw, Pat Bevan and Scott Law taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd. The six + one riders representing the Team: Mitchell Dedman, Sam Fuhrmeister, Jason lea, Aaron Ross, Kyle Luerich, Aidan Bowe and a ring-in from New Zealand Callum Gordan stuck to plans and kept out of trouble so as not to use up too many beans ahead of a long week of racing. All but Sam finished comfortably in the bunch. Unfortunately Sam’s diesel engine did not quite warm up for the aggressive crit racing. The Blue Lake Road Race included 10 laps of a 6.5 km circuit around blue lake and the City of Mt Gambier, including two climbs in excess of 1.5 km with an average grade of 6%. This race was to be the first real test of where the riders were at and had the potential for large time gaps. The feedback from the riders was the teams best result as a whole team with Mitch Dedman animating the race and being in a number of breakaways along with Aidan Bowe, Jason Lea getting in break on the last lap that was caught one kilo out and with a final result of five riders getting the same time as the winner. Unfortunately, Kyle Lierich had a bad fall and lost 12 minutes but will be tough enough to front up tomorrow. Aaron Ross puncturing with one and half laps to go lossing 8 minutes, but Sam Fuhrmeister also had a fall but returned to form and chased back onto the leaders and finished strongly with the leaders – one of the rides of the day. The word is that our New Zealanf Ring-in, Callum Gordon cruised around the course thinking it was an E1 recovery ride and wanted to know when there were going to be some hills to race up. Look out for him in the tough road stages. Everyone is motivated and looking forward to the stages ahead. Look out for tomorrow’s race report which is a 137 km road stage from Mount Gambier to Port MacDonnell.