For Round Six of the Aus Cycling SA Super Series, the crew made their way out to Gawler – some forty kilometers north of the city center.
You’d be forgiven for expecting a flat course – while I’m not terribly au fait with the parcours around Gawler, it’s not a region know for bergs – after all, it’s smack bang in the Adelaide Plains.
That said, the course designer for this one found a beautifully lumpy stretch of fresh tarmac, creating a course that gets both the pure climber and puncheur frothing.
In Cat 3 Men, the race split early, with Juan putting in a few efforts to reel in the two riders up the road. Juan was racing as a privateer, and is often the case organisation on the fly within a race was hard to come by and the riders didn’t get brought back. Juan made the most of it and attacked the bunch on the final climb, taking third place.
In Cat 2, the race was one of attrition – with three riders making their way up the road after a few laps, the main bunch set a hard pace in an effort to both limit the gap and also turn the screws on those suffering within the bunch. Tyson Cooper put in a huge effort and dug deep on to take third in the reduced bunch kick, taking sixth place overall and landing the team square in the points. Adam Bowey managed 11th, with all starters in the team finishing the race.
As always, thanks go out to the crew from Aus Cycling South Australia that go to great efforts to provide us with this super high quality series of racing, as well as Haydn Archie / Turn 8 Photo for taking such fantastic photos.
From here we’re excitedly headed to the East End of the city for a very unique criterium – right on Rundle Street. It should be a cracker, if you don’t have anything on this Sunday afternoon, come down and check it out.