Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Stage Upset

Almost a continual flow of single track through some of the best trails available in the region. This was the setting for Stage 3 of the ICME. At almost 50km it is the second longest stage of the event and a good opportunity for the more technically experienced riders to shine.

Victorian hot-shot Michael Crosbie (under 23 rider) shone in todays stage when he lead Shaun Lewis over the finish line. While back a little way Andrew Blair had some mechanical issues, he fought to return just insight of the leading duo, rounded out the podium for this stage and retaining the leaders jersey.

Rowena Fry seems to have the measure of her counterparts now and finished minutes faster than Jenny Fay. It is unfortunate to see Jenni King not complete the stage but this has given Terri Rhodes a chance at this early stage to podium. There is sure to be more great racing from the girls in days to come.

In other news, Steve Billington is remaining steady in his age category, placing 3rd in this stage. And central coast resident Peter Selkrig placed 1st in his age group after some difficulties out on course.

Tomorrow, Stage 4, is the biggest individual stage at a massive 88km. This is where threshold loving time trial experts may come to the fore on the dirt roads of the outback. But it will be essential to carry sufficient water as this new route will be a mission in many sense.

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