Sam Smith rides in Yellow for the EHBS at the Tour of LombokThe team was geared up for a hot day in Lombok for stage 1 of the Tour of Lombok Sumbawa. Early in the morning I did a training ride consisting of a 70km reconnaissance of the circuit behind a scooter – the most hilly sections of the stages which had 2 of the KOM’s. The best way to describe this would be a series of 1km long Mount Street after Mount Street and more Mount Streets – gradients reaching around 18% and a circuit that arguably required a 28 cassette. Luckily, Sam and Pete had a 28. Will and Eddy had a 25. Damir had a 23….. and this was going to cause problems!
The first KOM was at the 20km mark and people were soon coming off the back of the bunch. Once over the top, Sam moved with an attack on the decent and this became the winning move. For the next 100km Sam Smith stayed away with a group that varied from 3 riders, to 6 riders, to 12 riders and eventually 4 riders remained to cross the finish line in 3 hours, 10min and 36 seconds with an average speed of 38.94
The sprint came down to some cat-n-mouse tactics in the last 1km between the last 4 riders. Unfortunately Sam was stuck on the front but with 200m to go he kicked and dug deep enough to put a bike length or two between him and second place… Alex Malone. Sam rode like a true State Champion would and made his team extremely proud with a great win!
At the back of the race, unfortunately the heat of the day, some tired legs, some steep climbs and a nasty 23 cassette got the better of Damir. By the 70km mark he abandoned the race and came back in the broom wagon.
Back in the peleton Will climbed amazingly well showing strength and power in those sprinter legs. Pete worked well controlling the pace at the front of the peleton for most of the race. Finally after the last KOM and 15km to go, Eddy broke away from the bunch in an attempt to get the team into a good GC position, successfully making it into the top 10 and getting the Team GC 2nd overall.