Race Report: Copper Coast

Race Report: Copper Coast

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The Adelaide University Cycling Club - KOM Coffee teams coach Angus Dickson gives his recount of a highly successful weekend of racing for both our women's and men's teams at this weekend's Copper Coast Cup double header weekend in the Cycling SOuth Australia Super Series 2018.

"Coming off of an encouraging Round 1 of the 2018 CSA Super Series, the Adelaide Uni Cycling Club - KOM Coffee racing teams found their top gear this weekend in the Copper Coast Cup. The relatively inexperienced, but rapidly improving women’s team had their first taste of the podium in the Wallaroo “Hell of the North” Road Race. Alice Jolly found the third step in her first ever road race with a season of cyclocross paying dividends over the soft, pothole strewn gravel sectors. Perfect positioning coming into the finish paved the way for a podium finish, with only a moment of inexperience laden hesitation costing Alice the win. With a few more races under her belt and hands firmly in the drops she may be hard to stop.

With fire in the belly after a crash marred sprint in Round 1, Josiah was ready to better his position in the overall standings over the weekend. After a great team effort seeing the AUCC-KOM Coffee boys keep 5 riders in the lead group across the gravel, it was strong-man Adam Tomlinson who was rewarded for playing the team card. Sensing a relaxing of the bunch coming off the final gravel sector, Adam attacked in the closing kilometres forcing Norwood’s hand to chase, only for their fast men to look at each other and take up the chase too little, too late. Coming across the line for not only the team’s maiden win, but with Josiah unleashing a perfectly timed kick to beat the bunch to the line in the men’s race it was a perfect 1-2. This was underscored by the ride of the day with Peter Branson finishing with the lead group despite a rocky, if nascent relationship with gravel.

The Sunday’s brutal town square Crit in Moonta was not kind to the previous day’s performers, with Alice and Adam finding the shelf bare. However, huge team efforts from Lachlan Carr and Hugo Burgin who controlled the race when necessary, all was left was Josiah’s bunch fluency and speed to speak for itself, taking the win and stretching his points lead in the series classification. In the women’s race, Lana backed up an impressive first day with a strong showing, only just losing out on a top 10 placing in a reduced bunch when another rider’s crash took her out of contention. No such issues for Laura who rode an immaculate and intelligent race of position and conservation to finish 4th in her best result to date.

Whilst this was the most successful weekend of teams racing in AUCC’s history, the trajectory of all the team riders’ points to some serious results in the coming months. No pressure guys!"

Massive thanks is due to Angus who has given much of his time volunteering for the teams to plan training sessions and provide his expertise. We are very much looking forward to the success in the rest of the series and would like to thank KOM Coffee who have gone far above and beyond what we discussed was necessary to support the teams and we are very grateful for it. As wells as Adelaide University Sport who provided us with grant funding to make the teams possible.

Photos from the Super Series