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October Race Blog

October has been another wicked month of progression coming into summer. I raced the Yunca Junior Tour of Southland, Calder Stewart Elite Series Hell of The South and have begun racing the Te Awamutu Summer Series on Tuesday nights.

 

The Yunca Junior Tour gave me more good time on the bike to build strength and gain experience. I featured in major breakaways on stages 2,3 and 6 to gain myself points towards Sprint Ace and KOM. Unfortunately on Stage 4 I missed a key breakaway which featured 6 really strong boys. The bunch never brought them back and these 6 boys all got up on me on the General Classification. My GC position in the end was 7th although I came away with 2nd on the longest stage and finished top 5 in Sprint Ace and top 10 in KOM. 

 

The Hell Of The South in Christchurch was EPIC. 144km with eight gravel sections. About 75km into the race I went down in a crash with several other riders. I got back on my bike and made it back to the bunch but on the second to last gravel section I was dropped from the main bunch as it split up. I finished 2nd U17, 16th U19 and 39th overall out of a 86 man field. The gravel sections were a new experience for me and they proved really hectic. There were riders crashing and puncturing all over the place. 

 

I’ve also begun racing on Tuesday nights at the Te Awamutu summer series. We have already had guys like XC MTB U23 World Champ Sam Gaze turn up to race which gives me a good opportunity to put myself in the box and get lots of quality training out of it. 

 

My swimming and running are coming along nicely. Really looking forward to my first triathlon of the season on the 19th of November with the Tinman Tri in Tauranga.

 

Yunca Time Trial

Hell of the South

Yunca Stage 3

Yunca Stage 4

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