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Blog: Ultimo HGM reflect on the tour
Nov 6th, 11. BLOG. Team Ultimo HGM reflect on the PowerNet Tour of Southland - mission complete with expectations exceeded.
Blog - Team Ultimo HGM
By Greg Taylor
Sitting in the iconic Zookeepers Café in Invercargill, about to tackle our post tour pancakes, triple chocolate cheesecake and eggs on toast, for Team Ultimo HGM it's mission complete.
For a bunch guys thrown together at the last minute, we've done alright, exceeding our own expectations and probably the expectations of other teams towards us.
Firstly, we finished the race with all six riders, a feat not achieved by many teams. Second, after a modest 17th place in the teams time trial we fought every day, every kilometre, with true grit and determination to finish 8th (of 19) on team General Classification.
A real highlight for the week was the way our three tour rookies stepped up.
All three of them had at least one stage where they rode beyond their limits.
This stands them well for future racing and they should be proud to have finished their first Tour of Southland.
The big hours in the rough weather took its toll over the week.
It was an exhausting process, every day was relentless.
In a cruel twist of fate the weather deteriorated as we became more tired, culminating in it snowing on the last day.
To our credit, the morale of the team held together throughout.
The exertion this tour takes on the body is brutal.
We came in lean and mean, happy and keen, we go out unshaven, with questionable personal hygiene and chest infections. I feel sorry for the people who have to sit next to us on our flights home.
So this begs the question, will we be back? Yeah I think we will. The Tour is infectious, it gets in your soul. This is the legend that is the Tour of Southland.
PowerNet Tour of Southland - Sun Oct 30th to Sat Nov 5th
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