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The 2012 Masters National Road Champs

Posted by fenner on October 9, 2012


The Masters Road Nationals 2012

Well after what has been a very long season on the comeback trail after back surgery the Masters Nats rolled into Goulburn. I had set to be peaking for the Nationals, but, this was not the case after taking a few weeks off after coming back from England I had only been doing 4 – 6 hours a week on the bike. I was feeling ok considering, but, knew I lacked the race fitness and about 30 or 40 watts off my threshold.

The first race up on the calendar was the ITT and it followed the same course NSW had used for the State Champs a month earlier. With a strong team of Torq/ FTP training riders present a big medal haul was on the cards. The first day got off to a flyer with Felicity Wardlaw in the W2 smashing the competition and in doing so posting the fastest female time for the day to bring home the Gold Medal. Next up was Scott Butler in the M4 and after a tough build up with a knee injury Scott crushed the rest of the field and scored another Gold Medal for Team Torq. The pressure was on for Damo and I in the M3’s, the course as usual was tough and on the return leg I was not happy with my ride at all, but, in the end I was surprised to pick up the Bronze Medal. With an average power of just 306 watts and a NP of 315 watts it was a poor day in the saddle for me. Damo collected the Silver with a good solid TT. Our times were the 3rd and 4th fastest of the day, so, all in all it wasn’t a bad start to the campaign.

 

Slippery

 

Next up was the criteriums, these are held on a great closed circuit at the Marulan Driving Centre and the racing was awesome. Felicity again smashed the field and came away with another Gold Medal on the Sram equipped Cube Litening with ENVE’s. Scotty Butler established the winning break in the M4’s, but, was out sprinted by a couple of Wiley racers Eddie Salas and Graham Albourn and came away with the Bronze Medal. Damo and I tried to animate the race in the 40+ strong peloton in the M3’s. Within a few laps we had whittled the group down to around 10 riders and with 2 laps to go I went for the win, the lack of racing meant I didn’t quite have the legs to carry it through to the finish and I came away with the Bronze Medal again. The numbers were much better at the crit and I came away with a NP of 350 watts for the 45 mins of racing. Not bad for 4 hours a week on the bike. Damo unfortunately had a crash in the final corner losing more skin to the Marulan Track,

An MTB rider taking a corner ;o)

The final day of racing was on the road and strong winds and the threat of rain made the going tough. Felicity nearly scored the trifecta, getting narrowly beaten in a sprint finish for the Silver Medal. In both the M4 and M3’s the racing was a little negative with multiple attacks brought back and large bunches rolling onto the finishing shoots. This made for dangerous sprints and many fresh riders seeing the front of the race for the first time all day after they had been snivelling about at the back during the race. Needless to say with no real sprinter amongst us we came away empty handed in the road races with both Scotty and I finishing around the top 10 in our respective races.

All in all Team Torq/FTP Training came away with 8 medals in total with 3 Gold’s, 2 Silvers and 3 Bronze, a very impressive haul.

Wattslaw BOOM

I on behalf of my team mates would like to thank the continued support of our sponsors. Our Torq gels, bars, energy and recovery kept us fuelled and ready to smash it day after day, the Cubes and Sram Red components were flawless and definitely helped us produce the best results that we could. Our butts were looked after by the excellent aussie butt cream, grips and bar tape supplied by none other than Oz Riders and GO2.

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