PhysioHealth Swift Carbon Cycling Team – Race Report
Tour of East Gippsland Race Report 20 & 21 February 2015
Result Highlights Stage 1 Individual Time Trial 8 KM
14th Jason Lea
22nd Sam Fuhrmeister
Stage 2 Road Race 92 KM
10th Jason Lea
Trent Morey in day break of three riders
Stage 3 Criterium 40 x 0.9 KM laps
Jason Lea 11th
Jason Lea 9th
The team’s first tour away was relatively successful with Jason Lea achieving a top ten general classification result, Trent Morey participating in the day’s breakaway in the road race stage along with two internationals. The most pleasing thing was the team dynamics and that every rider showed their appreciation to Joy for her catering and to team management for race support. Trent Morey and Mitchell Dedman suffered punctures while in good position in the final stages of the road race, ruining their chances of participating in the finish. Confusion during intermediate sprints during the criterium possibly resulted in Jason Lea missing out on a much higher GC classification. But that is the luck of cycling and something riders need to come to terms with, hopefully luck will fall our way in the future.
The first time on the road at an elite event provided some learning opportunities. It is clear that corporate partners only expectations are that individual riders and the team as a whole present a professional approach, there needs to a uniform approach to equipment, race and casual clothing, and rider preparation for racing. Social media also needs to be addressed.
A daily running sheet listing timelines for meals, warm-up rides, team meetings, etc. would also help with improving professionalism.
Finally, the specific dietary needs of individual riders need to be supported to provide the best opportunity for individuals to be in their best condition for competing. It is therefore proposed to arrange a team development session with a sports dietician to inform riders about meal and recipe planning.
While this event was undertaken as a pre-season outing, the next four weeks provides the key block for riders to prepare themselves for the start of our NRS season at Adelaide and Toowoomba. This period will provide an indication about which riders have the aptitude to meet the expectations of funding partners which is to provide the opportunity for riders to achieve their elite athletic goals.
Special thanks to Joy Gregory, Arrow Wood Products, PhysioHealth and Swift Carbon for a great weekend in East Gippsland.