Tour of Canberra…Criterium

While not a true Ask RIDE, there were plenty of people wanting to know how the Tour of Canberra would unfold. Alex Malone offers his perspective on the three-day race.

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The first stage of this year’s Tour of Canberra was a one hour criterium held around the specifically designed Stromlo Forest circuit. A fast and flowing 1,000m course would be the opening test for the 117-rider field. Normally this course is capped at 80 riders – for safety reasons – so this would not only test the riders skills but also the decision of the organisers to hold this type of event. Apart from the numerous crashes that occurred throughout the 52km race, everyone managed to finish. The team had done a fantastic job of keeping Phil near the front of the race while Andy Crawley formed a strong 2-man move which attacked mid way through the race. A number of teams had missed out and attempted for quite some time to bring the leading duo back. Unable to close in quickly, three more riders launched off the front and eventually joined Andy. Under the chasing impetus of Jayco-AIS and Genesys, they were finally absorbed into the bunch with 10 minutes remaining. This should have been perfect for the BikeBug.com squad who had fast-finisher Phil up for the win. It was not too be. Both Phil and Alex were in the front eight riders coming into the last corner but a fall inside the last few hundred metres diminished any chance of a result in the opening day.

After the race he spoke about how he thought the sprint would have unfolded – if he hadn’t fallen:

“I was a little too far back coming into the last corner and don’t think I would have had enough time to make up the gap that opened up swinging into the left hander. Two Genesys riders had already pushed ahead of the three riders in front of me and felt I could have run second but wouldn’t have had enough time for a better result. That’s racing I guess. I just kicked too early, while still in the corner and lost the rear wheel.”

Phil was well placed during the 50-minute race.

Phil was well placed during the 50-minute race.

Here is Alex Malone’s Garmin data from the criterium.

The Stromlo circuit is generally limited to 80 riders. You can see why.

The Stromlo circuit is generally limited to 80 riders. You can see why.


Andy spent most of the second half of the race in a two-man break.

Andy spent most of the second half of the race in a two-man break.


Stage 1 results.
http://www.canberratour.org.au/sites/default/files/ma_st1.pdf

Saturday has two stages: A 109.0km morning road race and an 20km TT in the afternoon.

Alex Malone is the Technical Editor at RIDE Cycling Review. Follow him on Twitter @alexjmalone.

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