We started the Super Series in 2015 with a bang, with a stage win and a number of other notable results. Since then things have been a little quiet, so we were desperate to turn this around and put some more focus on our local team series.
Round 1: Mischief Brew Points Race
Round 1 of the Super Series began at Pakapakanthi in a new format: a points race. Every fourth lap was a sprint lap, making for some very interesting racing for the riders as well as spectators. Added to this the day was particularly windy. The race began in a typical fast-paced fashion with riders from many teams taking a punt at getting off the front of the peloton. The VDR plan was to our in form sprinter Tristan Saunders in the mix for the sprints to gain as many points as possible. This meant that it required a whole team effort to make sure Tristan could spend as little energy as possible to save his legs for the 10 sprints. VDR had to chase several strong moves throughout the race with Iven Bennett and Daniel Siwek pulling some big turns on the front to close down the gap for Tristan. Tristan was able to get points on the 1st, 5th, and 9th sprint and was very close to getting a share of the double points on offer for the last sprint but unfortunately getting caught with 200m to go. Overall Tristan placed 5th, a promising start to the 2019 Super Series.
Round 2: Altitude Cycling & Fitness Team Time Trial
We have always thought we have a pretty useful team for a TTT. At the recent Tour of the Great South Coast, we had been confident of a good result in the discipline, but a huge crash during the preceding stage decimated our chances, so we were excited to have another crack.
The course is hard, with over 400m of elevation in under 17km, including an 18% wall at the finish. The team set out with a solid plan, and despite some lingering injuries, we felt that we road pretty close to plan. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t quite be enough, with our leading trio of riders (Ethan, Rylan and Tristan) crossing the line in second, just 10 seconds shy of the win.
This did move Tristan up 3rd overall, 6 points off the lead with six rounds to go. We have two weeks away from the Super Series (including trips to Uni Games and the Tour of the King Valley), before we return to the Super Series at the Copper Coast Cup.