Emulating Lats' example of winter training, Mark has gone searching for some sun in the Southern Hemisphere as well. He's racked up a thousand clicks in the last week or so riding in South Africa's 30 degree heat. Personally I think all this warm, sunny weather training is BS and can't wait to expose them to the snow/mud/kale of a Mighty spring training camp. Expect these fit Pirate bastards to be back towing us around on the Mighty ride soon!
Lats is in Oz winter training and causing havoc with his Aussie Pirates. Yesterday he was 2nd in the St.Kilda Crit and immediately spent the winnings as any good Pirate would...
Patrolling the front with a teammate.
Off the front.
Enjoying the spoils.
Also, there is some race footage above and a write up
from his teammate.
(Note: Lats goes by 'Semi-Pro' when in the Southern Hemisphere)
Led by Semi-Pro; Concrete Pill, Crackers and Done Deal fixed bayonets and charged the trenches of C-grade.
Deal spent some good time at the front, testing the legs of the bunch
before Semi-Pro got bored and attacked. After a few laps alone out the
front, he got even more bored so he returned to the peloton.
break snuck away, and Crackers hopped across. Despite a heart rate of
192, Crackers worked well and the breakaway stayed away for quite some
time. While this was happening, Concrete Pill sat on the front of the
bunch controlling the race at tempo. His tempo, that is, as the rest of
the bunch appeared to be well into the red zone while ‘Pill rode on the
hoods and took in the scenery.
Pirate Col Red unfortunately popped off the back while the beak was
away, and despite valiantly hanging on for a few laps retired from the
race. Consequently the very next lap the breakaway was caught, and the
Bored again, Semi-Pro attacked another 17 times, and/or drove the pace from the front.
the final lap, all the Beach Road pirate buffoonery paid dividends.
Crackers drove the train down the back straight while ‘Pill pulled
through the last corner. Semi-Pro exploded off his back wheel but
unfortunately could only manage 2nd, with legs deadened by spending most his time attacking and driving the pace.
Volume, ½ bionic and Uber Ubes supported from the sidelines with their
small humans and WAGS Clare Crackers & Kaz Concrete. This clearly
contributed to the success.
I don't normally talk about the doping side of cycling as it *tends* not to affect a bunch of beer drinking ruffians like our crew. But one of the most humble and well respected cyclists that has ever come out of BC has written a very good article setting the record straight.
Cycling is a hard, beautiful sport and a wonderful metaphor for life. And it will always be so - with or without a Pro Tour. I don't forgive any of the pros who tried to dirty our passion and now say they are sorry. But with pros like Will (and his original teammates Svein and Meier), I still have some hope for our sport.
I told Will after Edmonton when he won the National Championships jersey and I finally caught up with him to congratulate him: it's good to see the right guy win.