After last year's favourable results, a large team of Lifecycle riders made their way to Christchurch for the 10th running of the toughest 100km 'fun' ride in New Zealand.
This year Liam McCarthy and Blair plus a couple of NZ Lifecycle riders made the trip to beautiful Queenstown for the annual Tour de Lakes race held every Easter. This was a hard lead up to Le Race and featured a hilltop finish for the last stage. A good effort by Liam saw him upstage some of the local teams with a strong finish in 5th place at the summit. Next year with a little bit more knowledge of the course could see him ready for a top place in the overall!
This years Le Race once again drew a large start list of 1000+ riders led by former junior World Champion Jeremy Yates. Our eager team gathered early with the thought of getting a good position on the startline but found 40min before was not early enough and we had to push in where we could……..some found later their net time was 2min better than they thought due to the time to get through the startchute.
The day was perfect with little wind, mild temperatures and a nice cloud cover to keep the sun off. A fast start saw Liam up with the leaders until Jeremy Yates put the foot down and take off on a solo journey which saw him break the race record by 5min! Our riders all did well with big improvements by some including Jeremy Moore who despite a crash just before the finish took 30min off last year. The courageous ride of the day was done by Lisa Duncan who fell in the first 20km and despite some horrible grazes still came homestrong ably assisted by Julie Uebel who was under doctors orders to take it easy.
Everyone had a great day and all are planning how to improve next year…..most of which is based on doing even more laps of Mt Cootha next year. So the date is set for next year March 28. They love us over there so let's have an even bigger group for next year.
To see more photos of our trip please click here to view the photo gallery.