Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Comm Games Glory, Oh And I Raced As Well

So im happy to report that in the week that has just passed my girl and my madison partner got up for gold medals on the same night. Never have i been more proud than to say i was able to receive a 3am wakeup call from Kate to tell me that she had triumphed in the women's points race. From what i have read and been told it was a pretty dominant performance where she was able to secure the gold and then helped her team mate to a silver medal finish.

To add fuel to this, one of my best mates followed up to take out the men's points race in an equally dominant display, where he took 5 laps over the course of the race running out the winner by over 10 points. I dont like to take all the credit but i sent some pretty inspirational text messages to the 2 of them throughout the course of the day leading into the races......you make the call....but 2 from 2 aint bad.

Kate then topped off a great week with a silver medal in the individual pursuit behind Katie Mactier. Despite being a nervous wreck before the race she was very pleased with how the race panned out and came closer to Katie than she has over the past few years. With as little preparation for this race as she has done, it was a terrific result......its so much easier to get a 3am phone call when there is a happy athlete on the other end.....beautiful.

Katey after an awesome
ride in the points score
to defend her Comm
Games title

My main man Sean
'Shrek' Finning after
taking out the men's
points race. Never
have i seen so much
emotion from him....

Kate during her individual pursuit

final. She went closer to Katie than

ever before. Nice ride sweetie. xo

Shifting the focus back to me.....i raced a 3 day touur this weekend. Despite what would look like a reasonably average performance to anyone from outside our team i felt that i had a very good weekend on the bike. The uphill TT was not the greatest but istill put in a solid performance in the conditions. It was about 6 degrees and pouring with rain during the race and i swear i was nearly frozen solid on my decent of the mountain.

In the road race i tried my best to play a team role. I rode strongly upfront all day and kept my GC boys out of the wind and up the front for the majority of the race until i self destructed with 15km remaining. It was a good course for racing tight and technical with a tough hill each lap. Glen finished off the teams strong work with 2nd place on the stage, Tommy finished off well with 8th place.

20 mins before starting the criterium on Sunday, the clouds opened up and down came the rain.....just to add to the already freezing temperatures. Brent Bookwalter from our team rode escaped on the first lap in a 3 man break which was caught 89 mins later on the last lap. Tommy was able to finish off well and narrowly missed out on the win...getting rolled by JJ Haedo (Toyota-United). I was forced to pull the pin with 20 mins remaining after breaking my cleat. Disapointing, because i believe that if i was there for the finish the team would have notched up its first win for the season. But it topped off a solid weekend....2 podiums....2 tops 10 on GC and a little bit of money for our wallets.

We have now travelled across to Redlands in preparation for this weekends 3 day tour. Its one which should suit my abilities. The hardest stage this year was one i finished 4th on last year. Im looking forward to ripping it up this year. We are staying in the most amazing house for this tour. I will post some pics asap of the place....you should all be impressed. I will also get out some of the pics of our bikes and stuff the minute i get a chance from my computer.

This weeks MENZIE'S WATCH......
Karl rode his way to a soft victory on Saturday this week by spending 5km sitting on a breakaway and then outsprinting Glen Mitchell (from Priority Health, my team).
Although he is smiling i think that its only because he managed not to drop himself this week....thats the first time in 3 weeks.

Its funny how much he used to complain about having Health Net sit on him last year and beat him in the finish......times change.

Keep an eye out for my upcoming blog's, ill be starting a new segment based purely on Edward 'Ted' King's facial hair. Should be interesting, he has some interesting ideas and we will do our best to come up with some original looking designs.


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