Eaton Dogs – Tour of MR 2016

Stage 1 Done, we had an entertaining day of racing. We watched one team start with five, leaving one in the toilet. Matt Keenan interviewed us a the staging start wanting to know where we were from and why we have such bright kit. We rode well as a team, we passed three other teams and two cars. We averaged 36.6km which we were happy with. All set for tomorrow. The high ranked team averaged 47km/h – awesome riders. We kick off at 8:45 am tomorrow for stage 2 which is 104km road race Nannup, Greenbushes, Balingup and Nannup. No doubt it will prove to be a tough day.

Stage 2 – Dogs Win their Category!!! Well what a tough day, we wore the orange kit today and Matt Keenan mentioned us again on the start line. Luke Durbridge, OBE, started with our category. The aim was to have the best combined time of the first four riders. We rode with Marianna Voss, Ema Pooley and Robbie McEwan.

The dogs rode strong and were a part of early break aways. Deano came second in the KOM by a tyre width. The hills were tough and there were some really fast descents. We finished extremely well with two riders in the top five and another two leading the following bunch home strongly. I think Deano came in second place. Overall we finished more than 8 minutes faster than the next team taking the highest points for the stage. We are now sitting in second place in our category on 50 points with the overall leading team on 52.

The boys rode really well today on a really tough course, 102km with 1500mts of climbing. Well done to all!

Tomorrow is a 58km road race with the aim of getting one rider across the line first.

Stage 3 – What an awesome day of racing!
We were all sore from yesterdays massive km’s and climbing. We were sitting in overall second place by 2 points and we had to make every effort possible today to try and win.
Everyone of the six riders worked their butts off, we attacked all day, mixed it constantly and lead the entire group of 60 riders around a 58km course and it all came down to the sprint. There was nothing else that we could have done, we attacked, blocked, surged, attacked and attacked again and we just couldn’t shake them. They had us marked from the start and we had them marked, it was a race with 60 riders but there were really only two teams in it today. In the final 500mts Luke Durbridge brought his team forward and our sprinters were positioned well, it was up to the big guns and in the end we came third.
What an awesome day of racing! We came second overall but we were absolute winners today! Well done Doggies!

Daz Wallis's photo.

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