Tour of Poyang Lake Day 1 - XinyuA cold misty day greeted everyone for an early-ish first start (in cycling terms). Much Chinese ceremonial stuff went on prior to the start with many locals and local area officials joining in the festivities while the riders signes in.
The course was to be 10 laps of a pancake-flat 5km circuit and then 25km of slightly undulating, windy road to the Shengji Temple. In reality it was 11 laps but who's counting?
As the race started the temperature dropped to single digits as the wind picked up a little, putting pressure on the weaker riders in the peleton with some not completing the first lap with the bunch.
The bunch was a little surprised by a 90 degree turn with 100 metres to go - this wasn't mentioned in the course notes for the day. Andy Martin had jumped at 200 metres and Will Heath followed him but the sudden corner meant he was on the wrong line and just missed out on the win. Words mentioned were "very annoyed" and "quite miffed".
All of the team except Dylan finished with the bunch. Dylan had a flat just as the peleton left the circuit and headed for the temple so was chasing for the last 20km of the course. He only lost 4 minutes and picked up a lot of stragglers along the way so a good effort there.
Officially, the race average 59.2 km/h but according to our instrumentation it was around 45 km/h - still quite solid. A great start for a team with three riders in their first international race.
1: Andy Martin (City of Perth)
2: Will Heath (EHBS)
36: Eddy Hollands (EHBS)
45: Jake Flynn (EHBS)
47: Scott Newman (EHBS)
60: Dylan Pierre-Humbert (EHBS)