A Good DayStage 2 Tour Of Thailand
Well day 2 of the tour ended without drama. The morning started very early at 5:30 with breakfast at 6:00 - no quiet coffee for me. I was bombarded by officials wondering of they can operate on my rider with a broken wrist. I had only just received a text from the insurance company saying that they only got the cover page of the medical report. I photographed the medical report on my iPhone and sent it as an email. By the time I was starting to pack the team car at 7:00 I received the go ahead to have surgery in Thailand. So now I needed to get a hold of the race Dr. and tell him the good news. Dylan (the busted rider) was not too happy with the prospect and wanted to go back home to have surgery. I had only just convinced him that he needed surgery ASAP before the bones healed and it would take a couple of days before he got home and then they wont touch him until the bones semi knitted and rebroke the wrist. A reminder of this fact and he reluctantly agreed to the surgery in Thailand. He was only in Hai Hin, the royal family's home town with a very well set up hospital. I think the thought of being alone in hospital for a few days was getting to him. He will fly back after a couple of days and can then be pampered by mum.
The race itself was uneventful, our boys got into a few breaks and had no punctures etc. despite the really rough roads in places.
Scotty started off in a few of the early breaks, soon he could feel himself falling into that hole of fatigue and started to ride conservatively.
Eddy then started a few moves after the intermediate sprint, alas his group was caught after a longish climb.
Heksa once again was our little hero, he got into a small 15 man break that looked like it would survive until he finish, putting up for a top 10 finish. Alas, like a true pro race, the main bunch caught them in e dying 10km and he finished 14. Still a Stirling effort.
We quickly shot off to the hotel nearby and the boys soon were in the aircon and cooling down. A good ending to the day. A bit of bike repairs and check over and my day was nearly done. I even managed time for a Thai massage and am feeling really relaxed despite being bent into a pretzel on several occasions.
Tomorrow is a big day with 190km stage, it will be hot and I have loaded he car already with lots of water, cokes and electrolytes.
A big thanks goes out to our new sponsor: 32GI - we are finding their products really good. The energy chews are very easy to eat on the bike when the heat is on. Electrolytes tablets are keeping them going on the bike. Most impressive of all is the recovery powder, tastes great and gets the boys back in shape quickly ready for the next day. You ought to try some yourself.