Physioheatlh Swift Carbon 3 day Race Report
Jason Lea and Sam Fuhrmeister from PhysioHealth Swift Carbon Cycling Team finish first and second on general classification in the 50th Merv Dean Memorial 3 Day Tour. The PhysioHealth Swift Carbon Cycling Team continued improving on successful recent performances with first and second in the five stage Bendigo based 3 day tour over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. The honour board of the Merv Dean Memorial tour features a list of the who’s who of Australian road cycling including current grand tour rider Simon Clarke, which is a good indication that both Jason and Sam are rising stars in the sport. The podium was set-up during the first 94km hilly stage at Emu Creek when a break of seven riders including Sam and Jason got away after the first sprint. The break finished 2.45 minutes ahead of the peloton with Sam finishing winning ahead of Alex Morgan from VIS and Jason in 3rd. The two Sunday stages at Woodstock were both won by Pat’s Veg’s Liam White with terrific finishing speed but importantly Aidan Bowe managed to dominate the stage two break taking the sprint bonus points away from the VIS and Avanti riders hot on the heals of Sam and Jason in the GC. Jason once again rode well to get bonus time for finishing third in the morning 78 km stage and second in the afternoon 38 km stage. Sam managed to win the sprint in stage three collecting 3 seconds bonus. This meant Sam held onto the GC by 2 seconds from Jason. The Monday morning Bagshot stage was 74 km of aggressive racing on windy skinny roads. Once again Aidan was fantastic getting in the days break with Trent Stevenson and Taylor Anstee, collecting precious sprint bonus seconds. Mitchell Dedman was also a great help to Jason and Sam chasing down constant surges by the strong VIS and Avanti riders. Jason once again sprinted to second which meant he moved in to the GC lead by 4 seconds from Sam and two VIS riders Alex Morgan and Lucas Hamilton a further 16 and 17 seconds back respectively. With 18 seconds available in the final 40 minute criterium any of the top four riders could still take out the GC. Thanks to some fine sprinting from Pat’s Veg’s Liam White, who took out one intermediate sprint as well as the stage victory for his third stage win, 14 seconds were not available for the GC contenders. Jason finished third in the stage to collect 4 more bonus seconds to win the GC classification, Sam 8 seconds in second and VIS Alex Morgan 14 seconds down in third. Thanks to the Bendigo Cycling Club and all the volunteers and riders for putting on a great weekend. Photos and more details about the weekend are available on our Facebook page.