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Kennett's Tour updates
Oct 31st,12. Subway Pro Cycling and Junior World rider Dylan Kennett gives us an insite to his first few days racing in his first Tour of Southland.
Day 1 TTT -
The Team time trial was to be my first ride in the tour of Southland and I was really keen to get into it especially as the TTT was only 4.2km which really suits me.
I got to lead the team off the start line and we were underway to a quick start, other than myself almost crashing on the first corner (lucky the team didn't do the same!) we had a really strong ride. We were very confident of getting a good result as we have a team of very strong time trialists including Paul Odlin who is the NZ Elite Time trial champion and I guess Myself and Olympic Bronze medalist Westly Gough being Team Pursuiters.
We did a good ride and got 3rd with myself crossing the line first to win the Polka Dot jersey. Quite a nice start to the tour for me and the Subway boys...
Day 2 -
Day 2 was a very fast start to the day with lots of early sprints up for grabs, I couldn't help myself and won the 3rd sprint after about 4km and after a break got away it was just about saving energy to hope they got caught so I could give the bunch sprint a good go!
I had very poor positioning with 5km to go and was about mid pack and had to burn a lot of matches to work up to the front around the field which took a while and finally got there about 15th wheel with 1.5km to go and got a bit squeezed and touched the breaks which pushed me back to about 20th or so, that meant a full gas kilo is what was needed,
I worked my way up to finish 7th.
Day 3 -
Day 3 was the day off bluff hill, between today and yesterday I learnt a lot about positioning, I spent a lot of the day going in and out of "the red zone" often due to terrible positioning
.After being in the "red" like 5km into the stage in the cross winds, I had a wee dig at getting across to the huge break that got away and after a few km's I was joined by Kieren Hambrook but the only way we were getting across would be if one of us was Fabian.
We sat up which I believe was a wise choice, nothing much happened till we reached 40km to go and my nature stop was a waste of time as when I stopped I couldn't go! then trying to get my way up to the front in the crosswinds I again was deep into the "red" and got a wee breather and then we turned onto the bluff highway and "bam!" into it again and I was still quite far back.
I managed to work my way around the outside into the strong wind up to the front select group containing most of the "GC" riders but I'd burnt too many Matches and got spat! The only positive for me then was seeing that my team mate Paul Odlin had made the group. After a few near crashes in the chasing group, I went into the red a few more times and was hammered by the time we got to bluff, I rode up it as hard as I could and ended up 35th. The breakaway lasted and won the day.
GC is looking very interesting now
Stay tuned for Dylans report on todays dual stages.
PowerNet Tour of Southland - Sun Oct 28th to Sat Nov 3rd
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