October 28, 2016

Van D’am Racing: Copper Coast Cup Preview

The first stage of the 2015 Copper Coast Cup provided the team with it’s first ever win and a short stint in the leaders jersey of the Cycling South Australia Super Series. (read the full 2015 series review here and Shaun’s Race Report from that day here). With another 12 months of racing under the belt the team is certainly aiming to replicate this result tomorrow. Read Shaun’s preview of the weekend below!

 

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Back to the copper coast for one of my favourite races of the year, I think it’s something to do with the off road racing, perhaps it’s the hard man points gained for riding Roubaix style across sand and stone. Maybe it’s something to do with getting away from Victoria Park and putting everyone to the test. All of the above just makes racing and winning that much better.

The Van D’am Racing team are taking 8 riders up for their second race across the dusty roads of the Yorke Peninsula. We are looking forward to two races over the weekend starting with the ever eventful 75km road race consisting of 3 unsealed sections. With recent editions of the race being decided by breakaways, will we see another one take the honours this weekend? Or will the tough and fast paced nature of the course force a small group of a dozen or so to take charge and press on to claim arguably the super series’ toughest race?


With 29 degrees on the weather forecast, expect a race of attrition to take shape. The eventual front group will consist of guys with strong legs from racing Melbourne to Warrnambool, the older warhorses e.g. Van Hout and Luxton along with those of NRS level hoping for a good show after a long year of racing. My guess is similar to last year a group of a dozen or so battles it out for a small bunch sprint, only to be interrupted by a late attack that could see 3 or 4 vying for the win.

On Sunday we race in a square, how hard could it be? Going on past experience, it’s a lot harder than you’d expect. With four left handed turns you could be mistaken for thinking it’s a track race. Only difference is this time we’re negotiating spoon drains and those yellow bricks in the middle of the road. Over the past years I’ve raced this course, the race has only gone one way, small break of four gets away with 10-15min to go and they battle it out for the win with the bunch dragging themselves single file after them with a grind to the finish line.


However usually it’s hot and windy on the Sunday but with this weekend looking as though it will be only 15 degrees with a chance of showers, who knows what spanner this could throw in the works. Expect to see the same riders at the front on Saturday taking charge on Sunday as well as a few guys who have shown they’re in good form from last two rounds results.

Keep an eye out for photos, results and reports from across the weekend as we at Van D’am Racing p/b Butterfields take a strong 8 man team in search of the this year’s Super Series’ first big result.