Monday, March 10, 2008

From The Sideline

I'm back on solid food post wisdom teeth removal, but not quite back on the bike. The inaugural Mt Beauty 6 Hour wasn't to be missed though, so I kept Jimmy company on the drive, and played spectator for the day.

Come 10am they were off.

an so was I.

Paulie came home 1:30 clear of the field post lap 1, and that stood as fastest lap of the day. I came home smack on 2 hours, which I'm hoping for everyone else's sake was the slowest lap for the day. Even walking, you can see why Mt Beauty is a favourite destination for anyone on fat tyres, a very popular track indeed.

Being mid 30's on the mercury the solo guys and gals were always going to suffer. Kim McCormack rode away from the field to take the women's win

for the men it wasn't made so easy, having about 6 riders separated by mere minutes for the first half of the race.

Rohin and Clacka led from the front

it's all about 2 weeks for Clacka, so yesterday he backed off

leaving Rohin to go it alone

before the heat caught up to him

leaving Evan Franzke to come through and take line honours

and Troy Bailey survived for third.

At the pointy end it was an infight. Felt Country

and Felt City

swapped positions until Paulie burped his tyre

allowing Jack to get those few seconds gap

that extended until Scott claimed the race with an hour 40 to go with a little victory celebration.

Although Paul seemed a little delusional about the whole thing

and wasn't really chasing.

Team rounded out the Pointy Pairs Podium in Third

even though Neil rode all but his last lap, which was 4 minutes quicker, with the brakes on.

My two hour lap produced 280 photos, so feel free to peruse the gallery for a snap of yourself in action. It's fair to say my skills behind the camera weren't at the greatest standard though. If you do find a decent one of yourself and want the high-res file just shoot me an email.

Thanks to the Ploeg's for the accommodation even after we arrived at 10pm after getting stuck at the Myrtleford Street Party for an hour waiting for pizza, and to Felt Racing for allowing me to steal a chair and some of their shade for the day.

Finally, a note to all. Get on the SRAM program! Another XTR shadow rear derailleur lost all spring tension yesterday, nearly costing Felt City the race. I think we count that as number 7 for the season. Luckily Scott only had descending left on his lap when it happened, he was able to limp home. A quick derailleur strip and reassemble had him back up and running in time to head out again.

In other big race news, T-Lowe is smashing it over in France. 10th in the prologue at Paris-Nice, one second out of the white jersey.

1 comment:

Scott Liston said...

Great Post "Super G" nice photography too.