Myron just completed riding the 8-Day An Post Ras Tour in Ireland, with the NZ track team. He wrote the following team report.
Stage 5, we didn’t really have a race plan. Stay near the front and keep out of trouble. I did exactly that… Early on a break of 10 riders went, but a rider who was high up in the overall placings was in the break, so An Post, the team of the yellow jersey, rode hard and bought the break back. They were caught around 60km into the 156km stage. The pace slowed a bit, 2 riders attacked, 3 more attacked and I followed them. We got away, a 6 rider break.
We rolled well, with our lead getting up to 4mins at one points. The gap got down to around 2mins 30seconds, then 2mins. I thought we would definitely get caught. With 25km to go Lachlan Norris (Drapac) attacked at the top of the last climb, solo from our group. This gave us something to chase, meaning the bunch had to be working super hard to catch us. We caught him with around 5km to go, the bunch around 30seconds behind us.
The Rapha Condor rider attacked our group but we were onto him quickly. Lachlan Norris attacked again, I jumped across to him, he swung left, I went hard right in the right hand gutter, put my head down and I had a gap on the now 4 riders behind me. The bunch was 20seconds and closing… I had 3km to the finish, and plenty of gas left in the tank. The kilometers slowly but surely ticked down, 2km to go, I still had a 12second gap. 1km to go I had 10 seconds, 500m flag, 300m flag, and I knew I had the stage. I came around the final corner, 150m to the line, saw the finish line and threw my arms in the air. Soaked it up, the crowd was awesome for such a small town.
The bunch rolled in 4 seconds behind me, probably 15kmh faster at the finish line, but it didn’t matter! I was over the moon, first victory for me in 2011, first victory for the U23 Squad in Europe in 2011, and it was my biggest victory on the road for me to date.
I have been using the Big Daddy Rocktape on my back during the tour to assist me to be able maintain a better position on the bike and to therefore be able to generate more power, and it has worked a treat too.