Tour of Poyang Lake 2014 - Stage 3Stage three was a 90km race starting in the town of Xinyu, which included 12 laps of a 5.1km circuit followed by a 28km journey around Fairy Lake.
It was a cooler start to the day but easily fixed by some oil on the legs applied by our team manager Leah Flynn. I must start by saying thank you to the City of Perth/Satalyist team for allowing Leah to ride in the car with Brodie and work together for both teams with feeding etc.
The race was full of attacks early as per normal but nothing got more than 20sec of the front and the bunch were not letting anyone go anywhere today. But never the less Eddy tried to force some groups away especially after the intermediate sprints. The other guys followed some moves just in case something did happen to get away.
On the 28km run to the finish it was quite lumpy and technical in parts. Restricting the movement from the guys that were at the back to move up into a better position. The pace was very fast as well causing a bunch of about 30 to loose contact in the last 15km. Unfortunately Jake, Samai and Amir where caught in that group and as a result would just role to the line saving the legs for another day.
Meanwhile up front Eddy tried to get away with few guys win the last 10km but again certain teams controlled the bunch whenever something dangerous looked like forming. If this is going to be the trend for the rest of the tour Eddy may have to revert back into being a sprinter again.
Sebastian had a better day showing improve,net all the time. He finished in the main bunch in what he says was a great learning curve for him.
Heksa tried again in bunch sprint but was squeezed out on the side of the road and with nowhere to go rolled across the line in 37th.
After lunch we have another transfer, this time it's a long one at 228kms. Which is were this race report is being done from to kill some time. At least the sun is shining now and we can enjoy the Chinese countryside.
Eddys Garmin stats:
Time: 1hr 55mins
Average Speed: 46.5km/h
Maximum Speed: 68km/h
Total Ascent: 321m
Average HR: 144bpm
Maximum HR: 176bpm
On a very sad note, the team learnt about the passing of Sarah-Jeanne Fraser;s father today after a battle with cancer. Ian was always a keen supporter of the team, asking what trips we have coming up and wanting to know how we went either abroad or at home. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sarah and the Fraser family on this very sad day, Sarah of course is the driving force behind the EHBS team and with out her, what we are doing at the moment would not be possible. We all send our positive thoughts and best wishes. RIP Ian Fraser.