Tour of Poyang Lake 2014 - Stage 10Stage Ten wasn't part of the tour. It was a Criterium race around a beautiful park in the city of Ji'an. It was a race for the money but didn't count for the overall title.
The bunch rode out to the race under police escort. Once we got there we all did a lap and the bunch was divided on what was going to happen in the race. It was one of those circuits that half the bunch wanted to race and the other half didn't. Even on the warm up lap there were 2 crashes.
If you wanted to race you started at the front. If you didn't you just rode around until you got lapped and then withdrew.
The course was very narrow on slightly damp roads in a forested park. It basically went up the hill and then back down. It even had a couple of switch backs on the way up. The race organiser was very adamant the we all stay safe.
As to be expected there were crashes on the first couple of laps. After only about 5 laps the lead bunch was down to about 15 guys with a chase group about the same size about 30 secs back. With others guys spread all over the place. I am not exactly sure how the commissaries even knew who were still in the race and who were lapped. As there were guys just joining in with the 2 main bunches as they pleased.
So what could have been a very nice race turned out to be a bit of a disappointment but that's how it goes some times.
No Garmin stats today.