The Big Apple… Why was NY’s Mighty Metropolitan choses as a TTT event… I was cursing it the moment I saw it, but oh how I weirdly enjoyed it during the event ! The organisers proved us wrong. A team time trial CAN be interesting when you throw a big climb in the middle. With only 20km this was going to be a very fast and furious TTT with all riders needing to go hard on the climb and the several lumps in Hyde Park.
Thierry (captain), Bruno, Stu, Jamie, Nic, Patrick
Ranking : 14th / 16
League : 15th / 16
Strong performance overall and we just missed a little “umph” to pass another team in the ranking but I’m really happy with our performance. We were super strong until the climb then we lost Nic and Patrick so it was going to be very hard with only 4 riders to maintain the pace we had set. We overtook the Welsh but then they overtook us again which put us off our rhythm and probably cost us 1 place in the ranking… oh well ! When hearing the discord channel I could tell we were all giving our best efforts !
Alec (cap.), Olivier, Julian, Nick, Arturo, Marc
Ranking : 2nd / 9
League : 6th / 10
WOW our first podium finish ! What a strong performance from C team, chapeau boys. This course suited us as we have the “lightest” team in the league – we lost Marc and Arturo on the main climb but this was expected and they worked hard in the first 8km – brilliant team effort ! The usual quartet brought the 2nd place home in a super strong fashion, really proud of the whole team !
We go to Watopia on the Whole Lotta Lava course with 3 times up the Volcano KOM ! This will give climbers an opportunity to shine. Team A will be hanging on for dear life (as usual!) but team C has a real opportunity to do well, and perhaps even go one step higher on the leaderboard? Dare I mention a W ???