A strong performance by the team at Amy’s Otway Tour over the weekend saw the team increase it’s lead in the National Road Series rankings after Michael Freiberg and Sam Crome finished 2nd and 3rd overall.
This is the first time the tour has been in the NRS. Based in Lorne on the iconic Great Ocean Road in Victoria’s Surf Coast the Tour started with an extremely tough Criterium on the Saturday. A relatively short circuit with a 15% climb each lap had those in the know predicting carnage and they were spot on. The 100 strong mens field was reduced to just 19 riders after only 15 minutes of racing. A bold solo move by Ryan Cavanagh of NSWIS went unanswered. Cavanagh made the most of the freedom and with most of the field watching from the sidelines and those left chasing looking at each other he rode away to win by 1.14. Michael Freiberg was second with Liam Magennis (NSWIS) in third.
Stage Two was a 120km road race. It started in Lorne and headed straight uphill for a 15km climb then traced the top of the plateau back down the coast before dropping back down to the Great Ocean Road for the finish in Lorne.
NSWIS were content to defend their lead whilst we were largely content to try and seal up 2nd and 3rd overall with a bunch sprint from Freiberg and Crome our best chance of success. A small break was allowed up the road then kept in check before being caught with 10km to go. The boys were on top of their game for the leadout positioning Micheal and Sam perfectly into the finish where they took a satisfying 1/2 and secured the remaining two places on the podium for the overall. Jason Lea had a great tour winning the KOM Jersey and finishing as our next best placed rider in 8th with Chris Harper 15th, Tim Roe 16th, Nathan Elliot 20th and Jeremy Cameron 26th.