Belgium Boys – The Highs & Lows

Posted: July 20, 2015 in News, Racing, Road
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More racing overnight.  Mitch and Riley raced a kermesse at Zottogem, while Maccie was living the dream racing the junior version of Omloop Het Niuewsblad.  Maccie has also contributed a nice little piece about some of what he’s been up to below.

First to our nieuwelingers Riley and Mitch.  They went into the race with plenty of confidence after two wins (and what should have been a third but for a mechanical) in three races.  It soon became apparent however that Riley’s achy body and headache, that he was trying to forget about, wasn’t going to get better with racing… in fact it got worse and he pulled out half-way through.

Mitch still had a couple of the Chainstay guys with him and the boys worked well with Mitch joining the winning move and then attacking to take it solo by 13-seconds to his breakaway companion with a small group back at 1.35 (including new mate Mark from the US who finished 4th) and then the peloton at 1.55.  Hopefully Mitch will give us a race report and let us know how it all unfolded… and hopefully Riley will be right for their next race scheduled for Tuesday at Wortegem.

Maccie was a DNF in Omloop.  He was feeling good but had nowhere to go when a rider crashed in front of him at the 68km mark.  Luckily he somersaulted onto the grass and not the cobbles he was racing on.  Maccie estimated that around 50 of the DNF’s were due to crashes, including one that took out about 20 riders.  He’s ok, a bit of a corked thigh and his hanger was pretty bent, but nothing the Chainstay resident mechanics can’t fix.

In the meantime, here’s a little something from Maccie:

My time in Belgium so far has been unreal and has already exceeded my expectation. From my first race until now, a week and a half later, I have gone from trying to just hang on to the bunch to being confident enough to be able to attack and break away with some of the best cyclists in Europe, including the European and Belgium cyclocross champion.  The racing style is very different with large junior teams attacking early trying to establish breaks. By far the best race so far was Sunday where I was able to bridge a 45sec gap solo to the break and finished a credible 8th.

It has been a great experience with a few big races to come, the race timetable has been pretty full on with three 80 – 110km races a week, so recovery has been an important part of my program. The team has been great with excellent support. I was also  able to ride with a few guys from African Wildlife Safaris a few days ago and showed them how to ride up the Koppenberg :).

Awesome shot of Maccie attacking the Koppenberg.

Awesome shot of Maccie attacking the Koppenberg.

Thanks Maccie for your report.  Well done to Mitch on the win and Riley hopefully it’s nothing serious and you’re right to rip it up on Tuesday.

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