After the Masters Nationals TT and a full week over in Adelaide, I entered this race with only one plan. Attack at Dons Rd on the first lap. If someone was on my wheel, good, we'd drop a few and work turns. If I could get up the road with a junior and they raced hard, I'd tow them to the line.
I've snagged Laurie Lovelock's photos of the day for the pictorial. The full album is over here: http://lovelock01.zenfolio.com/p699663513
First to attack for the day was Andy McGrath, stringing the bunch out early in the race. One of the BoomChika guys quickly chased, towing everyone along for the ride. As we approached Dons Rd I put the hammer down a few 100m out to string things along.
|McGrath onto my plan... and on my wheel.|
|Still attacking on Dons Rd... my only plan for the day almost complete.|
Young Blaise Bourke was the only rider from the bunch to launch across. He was soon on my wheel and we were pulling away from the bunch.
|Break... bunch... hill....|
With 75kms still to race, this break was a little ambitious... but just might pay off if we could work well for the next two laps. Into lap 2 we were still just in sight of the bunch, and now into the headwind section towards Cobaw. Blaise was soon in trouble. After pulling a turn on the front, I turn around to find out I'm alone.
|Solo, 55kms to go. Bugger.|
|They're chasing. Bugger.|
I had the choice either to attack and try to stop him getting across, with the risk he'd go back to the bunch and everyone would chase... or wait and help him keep the gap from the chasing bunch. After 45kms solo I wanted company, so I waited. He got on my wheel and we opened up the gap on the bunch into Newham, then kept working turns to make sure we'd 1-2 the race.
|In the box up the Rochford climb.|
|Handy Van - HCC Road Champ 2011|
Big thanks to the officials, corner marshals, volunteers, and everyone who entered the race (support race too!). Without the race numbers these events won't run.
MyLaps Timing: http://www.mylaps.com/results/showrun.jsp?id=2117862
Cykel Events - Cheers to Rob for his work on the MyLaps stuff above.
HCC Website: www.hawthorncycling.org
|1st Handy Van. 2nd Me. 3rd Jack French.|