On the road

ANDY MACKAY
Last updated 09:05 30/10/2012

Andy's ToS team

Cross winds, high speeds and a sprint finish, it was all on at the Tour of Southland’s
first road stage.

I came in at the same time as the main bunch which keeps myself, and most of the
Olphert Mckenzie Craik team, 21 seconds behind the leader.

The day was mostly about keeping safe, avoiding crashes, keeping watered and fed to
set up well for the week of racing.

It was pretty warm, about 16 degrees, so keeping the fluids up was important.

Tomorrow is Bluff.

The Bluff. The climb is a bit of beast. It kicks up a short distance where there are points for the king of the mountains competition.

Then after a short dip it ramps up to more than 20% in sections to the finish.
The riders call it “the wall”.

I’m looking forward to it.

If you are one for a few random stats, today, near the finish, we covered 8km at an
average of 53.5 kmh.

So what do people want to know about the tour?

Post a comment below and ask away.

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- Upper Hutt Leader

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