Tuesday, October 13, 2009 - Race ReportsThe rain is coming down here in Warrnambool, good thing it started just as the stage ended.
So the rain held out, but the wind was relentless for Stage 2 of the Herald Sun Tour. It was a pretty flat 90 miles with the wind causing most of the dramas.
There were tons of splits in the group, but the deciding point was about 25k from the finish. We were happily going 12mph into a head wind only to turn right for just 3k. That's all it took for the race to shatter.
It was kind of like the start of the first sprint of the Aggie Race Ride on a windy day in January. Except it was Garmin driving it at the front.
So that's when the front group of 13 separated from the field. I ended up in the second group and we rode hard for a while, but then just rode steady. We finished about 4 minutes behind the leaders. I sprinted a bit because the money is 20 deep and finished 18th. Not bad, but not great.
I also had a couple goes for the KOM. I hit the first one from 500 meters out but that was too early and finished 3rd. On the second one Svein Tuft threw it in the gutter to lead out Alex Howes. There was not much I could do there. Good times.
After the finish I signed like 30 hats for a group of kids. They all claimed to be big fans of mine. Autograph whores.
Tomorrow the wind will be vicious once again. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a dry stage tomorrow but it's not looking good right now.