Zoom Video racing took the opportunity to get some quality Alpine K’s in thanks to the Melbourne cup ‘quasi’ long weekend.
Day 1 saw Sean, Sam, Adam, Nik and the-ring-in from Invert Racing, Andrew Clark head out on the Tour of Brights stage 1. A 110K loop around the valley roads to Mnt Beauty, over Tawonga and back to Bright.
This loosened the legs up (well smashed the legs up if some are honest) ready for BIG SUNDAY. A 210K epic Bright – Blue Duck Pub return ride that takes in Falls Creek from both directions. This Alpine course includes the bastard ‘back of falls’ that delights many towards the end of the ‘Three Peaks Challenge’
Destination 1 Mnt Beauty
Congrats to Sam Watson – 1st in B grade – Rapha Supercross / DDCX, Melbourne
Sram Watson giving it licks in the lead
Winners are grinners
Saturday the 5th of November saw the running of the annual Stratford to Dargo. After a wet and windy Melbourne to Warrnambool, Zoom Video chose the more leisurely pursuit of following our Bike Gallery comrades in their B grade campaign, to soak up some sun and bring you pics of one of the most spectacular races on the Australian road calendar.
After a foggy start in Melbourne the sky opened up to a crystal clear day. Perfect for a spin through the country!
MB’s Warny report
Well it was another wind swept Melbourne to Warrnambool (does this race ever have pleasant weather?) – suppose that’s part of the fun. That and the fact that a reasonable club rider with enough spare time to train, can race along side some of Australia’s best.
I’m talking the complete experience – closed roads, police escorts, a convoy of team cars, feedstations and the madness of a full size peloton. That might be all in a days work for many racing the Warny but for myself and many others its a novel experience, so allow me to share;
The day started out calm enough with light winds and a humid air – at 17 degrees it was a full 14 degrees warmer than the 5am car packing experience of last year. Things were looking good.
Rolling up to the Werribee race track at 6.30am on schedule (@kellyvantil team car DS had a briefing to attend) it felt like ample time to get ready. But between making final clothing decisions, checking the rig and finding team mates the hour evaporates in a flash. Before you know it, you are lined up alongside 210 others in peak racing form.
So off we set at 7.30am, with the typical nervousness of a big bunch, twitchy from tapering and too many carbs. The race carried on at a modest sort of pace till the first left hand turn, which heralded the first cross wind section. This was pretty early on in the day when the wind was still pretty light (perhaps 20kph) so whilst it strung out, it was nothing too severe. (although apparently at the back this is where the first hand-full of riders started getting shelled)
Rolling along enjoying the experience of a neo-pro peleton
With new team kit and a couple of riders itching to race, Zoom Video broke out our brand new kit and headed off to St Kilda
Spinning up Beach Road from Morialloc it was a pleasure to enjoy the warm spring air and warm up in perfect conditions.
Organising new kit is always a tricky exercise – what with pantone colours to match, sizing to get right and a new design you never know how it is going to turn out until it’s being worn for its intended purpose.
Thanks to the team at ICA Imports (representing Nalini in Melbourne) things worked out great, so with weather to match it was on to a fast and furious SKCC crit. Enjoy the pics!
Andy C and Adam V keeping a very casual warm up pace. Nice
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