Hayden McCormick crossed the line disappointed in the result but satisfied with what was a seriously strong performance as he gets ready to return to the UK. McCormick completed the podium at the Gravel & Tar Classic after fighting his way back from three punctures.
It was far from the ideal trouble-free race for Hayden McCormick. He headed into the Gravel & Tar Classic on the back of victory overall at the New Zealand Cycle Classic, and after course recon in Palmerston North the Waikato man was enthusiastic about being able to produce a strong performance. But then a puncture early on set him back and it was, for a long stretch of the race, a case of reeling the race back to himself; which he did.
So successful was McCormick at pegging back every single rider out in front that had his second and third punctures not eventuated then who’s to say how the final kilometres with Ethan Berends and Michael Torckler. But the Gravel & Tar Classic is won off the back of many things, including a dose of luck to avoid issues and sadly for McCormick it was just not to be his day. But he can nevertheless reflect on taking the race to the rest with fantastic form, which will surely set him up for something special with ONE Pro Cycling this season.