Tour Of Sussex stage 1 - crit on the sea front - 4th July...
Stage 1 was the crit on the sea front. With a hotdog shaped circuit with two 180 degree turns, the trick was to ride near the front for the entire race. With bonus seconds on offer for the first rider across the line on lap one, it was going to be full on from the gun! Following the riders briefing at 7pm, the team rolled straight to the start line but unfortunately did not manage to get as close to the line as they wanted to be.
At 7:30 the race started and it was a sprint off the line into the first corner. The race strung out with riders fighting for the best line. The team worked hard to move up through the Peleton to get closer to the front. After about 30 minutes, gaps started to appear in the peleton, fracturing under the stress applied from those at the front chasing points. Two riders managed to gap the bunch and hold a 10-15 second gap and the bunch were not fully committed to chasing.
When the bunch sat up, Peter took the opportunity well and rode off the front, giving him the pick of the line going into the corners. Another rider bridged across and they maintained a 7-9 second gap between the peleton and the leaders until the last lap when they were unfortunately caught by the bunch leading up to the sprint.
Well done to the team, going into stage two with Peter 8th on the day and on GC.
Tour Of Sussex stage 2 - Beachy Head - team time trial:
Stage 2 was the team time trial on the Beachy Head circuit. The team set off at 10:40 with the aim of catching the team 2 minutes ahead of them. The circuit was 2 laps of an 8 mile loop, starting on a twisty decent followed by a climb to the finish. With temperatures hitting 24 degrees celsius, the climb was bound to take its toll.
Starting with a steady pace, the team took 1 minute turns which continued for the first lap. Stanley lost contact after the first lap after doing the majority of the work on lap 1. The rest of the team continued to push on, taking into account that the time was taken on the third rider crossing the line. Follow the links below to see how the team got on...
Tour Of Sussex stage 3 - full report to follow...
Check out the link below to see how the team are getting on...
Stage Three - Ditchling Beacon ITT Results are now live:
Stage Results: www.tourofsussex.com/mtos-s3-rr
Points Comp: www.tourofsussex.com/mtos-s3-points
Team Classification: www.tourofsussex.com/mtos-s3-teamgc
On Saturday, we took to the very popular Lady’s Mile circuit for the first proper road stage of the tour. Having raced hard over the previous 3 stages, Joe West and Peter Merritt had risen to top and we had our clear GC team leaders. I had the job of looking after Joe and Stanley Kennett took on the task of protecting Peter. The race started with one of longest neutral roll outs I’ve ever been a part of, 7 miles!
Stan took up his place at the front of the peloton to make sure that no dangerous gaps were allowed to form, whilst the 3 of us were safe in the bunch. With around 4 miles to go, Stanley set off in pursuit of the breakaway but was ultimately caught near the line. The rest of us stayed inside the peloton up the final climb meaning that Pete and Joe were still in a strong position or the overall.