Alex Morgan – photo diary (part 11)

Back in Australia, this week’s photo diary shares Alex Morgan’s experiences being back home and racing at the two National Road Series races, the Tour of Gippsland and the Tour of the Great South Coast. Showcasing some great form from Europe, Morgan snagged a stage win in the Tour of the Great South Coast and came three seconds short from taking out the young rider’s classification in the Tour of Gippsland. Follow RIDE Media as we follow Alex as he continues his season racing domestically in preparation for the world track scene next year.

• Part 01 • Part 02 • Part 03 • Part 04 • Part 05 • Part 06 • Part 7 • Part 8 • Part 9 • Part 10 

Photos and captions: Alex Morgan

NOTE: Huge thanks to Jarrod Partridge and Mark Gunter for providing me with some of these images. All images remain the copyright of their respective owners.

"Back where it all started: Blackburn Cycling Club ergo session. It was great to come along and give some encouragement (and hopefully inspiration) to the next crop coming through."

“Back where it all started: Blackburn Cycling Club ergo session. It was great to come along and give some encouragement (and hopefully inspiration) to the next crop coming through.”

 

"My collection of jerseys from the NRS so far. A heap of days wearing white jerseys and a most aggressive rider. Still haven't held a white jersey to the finish... Yet."

“My collection of jerseys from the NRS so far. A heap of days wearing white jerseys and a most aggressive rider. Still haven’t held a white jersey to the finish… Yet.”

 

"Brother Harry going to school book day as Scott McGrory. At least it's original...! Funnily enough I read that book cover to cover back when I was in primary school. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever end up working with Scott."

“Brother Harry going to school book day as Scott McGrory. At least it’s original…! Funnily enough I read that book cover to cover back when I was in primary school. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever end up working with Scott.”

 

"I got Stuart O'Grady's autograph at the 2007 Sun Tour before I had started racing and he was a huge inspiration. This is the pride and joy of my bedroom and it's not moving anytime soon."

“I got Stuart O’Grady’s autograph at the 2007 Sun Tour before I had started racing and he was a huge inspiration. This is the pride and joy of my bedroom and it’s not moving anytime soon.”

 

"Packing again... Don't even know where to start."

“Packing again… Don’t even know where to start.”

 

"Blacking out booties for the NRS..."

“Blacking out booties for the NRS…”

 

"NRS Tour of Gippsland: the peloton."

NRS Tour of Gippsland: the peloton.”

 

"The VIS team set-up before a stage."

“The VIS team set-up before a stage.”

 

"The final Criterium stage in Traralgon. Averaged 173HR for the 1 hour race!"

“The final Criterium stage in Traralgon. Averaged 173HR for the 1 hour race!”

 

"In the GC deciding break on stage 3."

“In the GC deciding break on stage 3.”

 

"Trying my luck in with a few kilometres to go on stage 3. Worst feeling in the world being caught with the line in sight!"

“Trying my luck in with a few kilometres to go on stage 3. Worst feeling in the world being caught with the line in sight!”

 

"Criterium-ing around. There sure are plenty of crits in the NRS."

“Criterium-ing around. There sure are plenty of crits in the NRS.”

 

"Everything I needed to know for the stage... Rider numbers I needed to watch and at what distances into the stage each sprint and KOM point was. Very useful information."

“Everything I needed to know for the stage… Rider numbers I needed to watch and at what distances into the stage each sprint and KOM point was. Very useful information.”

 

"Podium after stage 5. My second place put me into the white jersey!"

“Podium after stage 5. My second place put me into the white jersey!”

 

"Young rider's white jersey."

“Young rider’s white jersey.”

 

"Bit of top secret information... My power info etc from the first stage. My heart was sure pumping hard."

“Bit of top secret information… My power info etc from the first stage. My heart was sure pumping hard.”

 

"Roller warm-up before the final stage. It's so important to warm up and down properly pre and post every stage when at a tour. The days add up and if you haven't looked after yourself properly it will come back to bite you."

“Roller warm-up before the final stage. It’s so important to warm up and down properly pre and post every stage when at a tour. The days add up and if you haven’t looked after yourself properly it will come back to bite you.”

 

"We had the best accommodation for most of the tour. Huge thanks to Jim and Heather for providing the accommodation and looking after us! And yes, that is the view from the pool, spectacular."

“We had the best accommodation for most of the tour. Huge thanks to Jim and Heather for providing the accommodation and looking after us! And yes, that is the view from the pool, spectacular.”

 

"Loving the fantastic home-cooked meals every night."

“Loving the fantastic home-cooked meals every night.”

 

"All the shoes drying on the rack after a rain-soaked stage."

“All the shoes drying on the rack after a rain-soaked stage.”

 

"Homework time."

“Homework time.”

 

"Team photo! From left: 'Cookie', Davo, Matt, Tom, Luke, Jordan, Kyle, Tom, Ryan & me."

“Team photo! From left: ‘Cookie’, Davo, Matt, Tom, Luke, Jordan, Kyle, Tom, Ryan & me.”

 

"I split my thumb from gripping the bars so tightly..."

“I split my thumb from gripping the bars so tightly…”

 

"Police moto's all lined up and ready for a road stage."

“Police moto’s all lined up and ready for a road stage.”

 

"Tour of South Coast: the peloton racing along the coast in what was quite a spectacular Criterium circuit. Too bad I was too busy staring at rear wheels to take in the views..."

NRS Tour of the Great South Coast: the peloton racing along the coast in what was quite a spectacular Criterium circuit. Too bad I was too busy staring at rear wheels to take in the views…”

 

"Attempting to ride the rollers with a combination of wet tyres and wet rollers... Yes I did fall off actually, it hurt!"

“Attempting to ride the rollers with a combination of wet tyres and wet rollers… Yes I did fall off actually, it hurt!”

 

"Stage 01 Criterium... Great weather for it!"

“Stage 01 Criterium… Great weather for it!”

 

"Coming back through the convoy after a mechanical issue."

“Coming back through the convoy after a mechanical issue.”

 

"More crits."

“More crits.”

 

"Pre-race shenanigans... Someone split Gatorade powder everywhere... Enough said."

“Pre-race shenanigans… Someone split Gatorade powder everywhere… Enough said.”

 

"Shake and bake! Teammate Tom Hamilton and I having a crack up a short climb late in Stage 08. Another wet and windy day."

“Shake and bake! Teammate Tom Hamilton and I having a crack up a short climb late in Stage 08. Another wet and windy day.”

 

"Finally pulled off a stage win after coming so close a few times!"

“Finally pulled off a stage win after coming so close a few times!”

 

"Nothing beats that winning feeling."

“Nothing beats that winning feeling.”

 

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"Power info etc after winning stage 2. Solid day in the saddle after the criterium in the morning."

“Power info etc after winning stage 2. Solid day in the saddle after the criterium in the morning.”

 

"Another missed view... I didn't even notice how nice the areas were that we were racing through!"

“Another missed view… I didn’t even notice how nice the areas were that we were racing through!”

 

 

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