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Bevin ready to take on Southland
Oct 24th, 12. Using a mirrored template build up from last year, Bissell Pro Cycling kiwi rider and last years runner up Paddy Bevin is ready for what the Tour of Southland will throw at him.
Roadcycling spoke to Bevin earlier in the day about his preparation and team presence.
How's your build up been for the tour Paddy?
My build up to the Tour has been good. I essentially tried to use the same template as last year and overall it has felt very good. Both Round the Mountain in New Plymouth and Te A Open where important hit outs. This late in the season it is always hard to know exactly how the body reacts to the training with a season of racing in the legs but while the motivation is there training follows.
You had a great win in TA, was that an important part of your buildup?
Yes, a very important part. To get a good week of training in the legs and then go out and swing the hammer from the gun gives an overall intensity that's hard to beat for training. We were out in the break for over 150kms! It was not by accident and it was a 'test' for the legs.
How's the team looking forward to the tour?
Bissell Pro Cycling is looking good. The guys don't take coming out here lightly, its a big push logistically and it makes for a long season but everyone was up for it this year and its an exciting prospect.
Is there a team game plan?
Yes, but its a race that can unravel so quickly at any given point so we have multiple options. It definitely a race that has to be taken day by day. We will start with a solid TTT and go from there!
Who do you think is the favourite and who will you guys be marking the most?
You cant go past a guy that's won the race 4 times with Hayden Roulsten but its not a race you want to mark one individual. Teams with the likes of Heath Blackgrove, Alex Meenshorts, Mike Northey (who have all had very good seasons in the northern hemisphere) are all dangerous and you really have to be careful giving any leeway. Overall the race has 3 decisive stages that are definitely going to thrown out time gaps (2x Hill Finishes and the TT) and then its a matter of racing smart the other stages. I think the field is the deepest it has been for anytime I have raced..
I'm sure it's good to have your own team here, how important is it riding with your team mates and not a pre formed team?
Yes its a luxury for sure. You line up with guys you have raced with all year and you can rely on them to do the best they can.
Glen Mitchell your kiwi team director is experience in the tour, is that a big help?
How much is the weather going to play a part next week?
It plays a huge part every year. Mentally its a fatiguing race, you have to be switched on from the moment the flags drop every single day because the race can blow to pieces at any point. That coupled with the strain it puts on the body creates a hard atmosphere to race in but that is a huge part of what makes Southland special.
Roadcycling wishes Paddy and his team well for the race.
PowerNet Tour of Southland - Sun Oct 28th to Sat Nov 3rd