Ask RIDE…Trust House Cycle Classic – Stage 3

Masterton-Pahiatua-Masterton

The longest stage of the tour looked easy on paper but we should have known better. There was about 1,000m of climbing over the route which was closer to 170km with a short neutral zone to get the bunch safely out of town. Last year a break away did not occur until the 60km point and this year was no different with the day’s move going clear after about 65km. Team BikeBug.com had a rider in each of the attacks but the right combination of riders was missing and so they were continually brought back. Even when the five rider break went clear the bunch never eased. Their advantage topped out a bit under three minutes with Westley Gough from Subway making the move. Having organised his SRM data for the stage was just a lucky occurrence with the gap being closed with around 30km to go.

Phil Grenfell is the fastest finisher on the team and with around 45 minutes of racing left a bunch kick looked to certain. Geoff was the first to go to the front and keep the pace high. After throwing up numerous times during stage two it was impressive to see him on the front pushing 50km/h. Phil and Alex then took up the job of trying to control the pace while attacks were constantly launched. With a little under five kilometres to go three riders gapped the speeding peloton and established a 10 second lead. The bunch could not catch them. Phil came in sixth place among a group of fast sprinters and his first big race. Chris remains in fourth spot with two stages left. Tomorrow is a technical circuit race, eight laps covering 120km in total.

Map for stage supplied by Sam Rutherford.

Here are the stats for today.

SRM data from the peloton:
225 average watts
1213 max watts
152 average heart rate
3250 calories burned

and Westley’s average power in the break away
275 average watts

p1280097Team mechanic James cleans down the Jayco-AIS team bikes at the end of the stage. By the time we arrived back in Lower Hutt he had already completed three bikes. Nothing serious just a good scrub.

Alex.

Alex Malone is the Technical Editor for RIDE Cycling Review.

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