Sunday, November 2, 2008

Elite breakaway group dominates Tour de Tamaki

Nice work to the four hardy riders who actually made the day. I'm sure 30 years from now you'll be telling your grandkids 'I was there'.

Rich emailed a fairly random race report and some pics as follows....

"Steve took stage one - he was the only rider making it to the start line on time....Halfway through his first glass of Pims when I arrived.

A mechanical cost me huge chunks of valuable time.Darn pedal fell off and I returned home for a replacement bike. For a minute I thought my director Sportif was going to suggest an abandon, but luckily the mechanic had set up a replacement bike and I was quickly back in the saddle, zigzagging through team cars to minimise losses.

However, I lost points for style - a 1980s Morrison Town and Country doesn't have the same cache as a 1940s BSA.

A generous tailwind took us to the Mission Bay feeding zone, where Steve ordered Nachos and we were joined by Team Bauer rider Stu Jones and Glen,who lost points for breaking rule #103 - turned up on a flash mountain bike and wore a poncy jacket.

A nice hard braking broadside down the car ramp saw Steve secure most aggressive rider of the day.

Later, Glen's points were reinstated when he told us about the hard line his missus took on mowing the lawns before riding.

The stage 3 sponsor refused to open the doors to the corporate feeding zone and we were forced to swap allegiances. I think Steve's JC Penny walk shorts and leather suitcase had something to do with it.

Further stages were abandoned when Steve distracted the peleton with stories of his German nanny (how do you spell o-pear?). She's still trying to reconcile Steve's 1970's Wimbeldon/bowling club crossover look with a "bike tour".

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