Tour of the Great South Coast-
By Matt de Vroet
The second NRS race of the year started with a 36km criterium around the Mount Gambier CBD. The team had a key focus and plan thanks to BJ Mcintosh who has joined the team for the first time to help out with director duties this week. Despite torrential rain whilst we were warming up, blue skies blessed the bunch. This was a relief to all as the tight circuit was sure to be quite slippery had it rained during the race. Callum was the designated leader and we hoped to get him a good placing in the young riders standings overall. He managed to grab a couple of bonus seconds in the primes to put him into 2nd on young riders.
The peloton faced a 65km kermesse style stage around the picturesque Blue Lake with another bunch sprint expected. After last years bruising hail storm, once again the weather gods were smiling on us. The Van D’am boys were represented in a lot of the moves. Jason continued his run of flat tyres, though in his return to the bunch he comfortably took the Strava KOM for the 6 km lap whilst being paced back on by the team car. The race came together in the last few laps and Callum managed to place himself a respectable 12th in the bunch kick.
Today is the longest stage of the tour with a 137km stage starting and finishing in the windy town of Port Macdonnell. With hardly a hill in sight, it will be day to stay attentive with windy conditions predicted.
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