Matt Zenovich & Nick Bain on: Internationale Wielertrofee Jong Maar Moedig

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June 27th, ’14.  RoadCycling caught up with Kiwi riders Matt Zenovich and Nick Bain from Team Terra Safety Shoes after their race in the Internationale Wielertrofee Jong Maar Moedig, the 170km one-day race that saw eight Kiwi riders take to the start line.  The race was something not dissimilar to a Tour of Flanders kind of race, with climbs and cobblestones to keep the legs burning throughout.  Here’s what they had to say about the race.

June 27th, ’14.  RoadCycling caught up with Kiwi riders Matt Zenovich and Nick Bain from Team Terra Safety Shoes after their race in the Internationale Wielertrofee Jong Maar Moedig, the 170km one-day race that saw eight Kiwi riders take to the start line.  The race was something not dissimilar to a Tour of Flanders kind of race, with climbs and cobblestones to keep the legs burning throughout.  Here’s what they had to say about the race.

Early on Nick and Matt had differing things on their minds, while Nick was concentrated on staying out of trouble, Matt was not afraid of getting into it!  “I tried to make the break but missed the move that stuck unfortunately,” Matt said.  Nick on the other hand played things much more conservatively, “I knew the finishing circuit was going to be hard with the cobble sections and steep climbs so I decided I would save my energy for that.  Just rolled in the bunch for the first 110k and kept out of trouble.”

As the race developed and the laps towards the finished could get ticked off Nick called on a lesson learned in France, “After 2 laps of the finishing circuit my legs were starting to feel pretty average and we still had another 2 laps to go.  [I’d] learnt from Savoie and just rode to survive really, just wanted to finish at that point.”  After his efforts trying to get into the breakaway Matt Zenovich began to feel the work take its tole, “The finishing loop was really hard,” he said, “And I had to pull out after 130km.  Very hard cobble sections got a few riders I think.”  In fact less than half of the riders who started the race made it to the finish line!  

Teammate Nick was one to make it to the end though, one of two Kiwis to make it to the end along with Pieter Bulling, “I was the only finisher in the team because half the team racing that day had just completed Savoie a couple days before so they were pretty knackered,” Nick said.  Of the two Nick certainly sounds like the one who had more fun out on the roads, “Belgium is the better country for me.  Nice and flat with a few power climbs and I love the cobbles here.”  It looks like given time we may well have another strong Kiwi rider for the Tour of Flanders in Bain, in fact Matt said, “I’m pretty sure we rode the Flanders course from a few years back.”  

Next up for both Matt and Ian are local Kermesse races in Belgium; stay tuned for more reports and results on how they progress here.

 

RACE REPORT

 

RACE RESULTS

By:  Ed Wright

 

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