A friend of Qwik Kiwi, Guy Carter is riding in the Tour of Southland for the first time. Guy is a Chartered Accountant who is now establishing himself as a Mortgage Broker and normally rides for L&M Group Ricoh Team in the Calder Stewart Elite Cycling Series. We will be publishing a daily interview with Guy after each stage to give you an insight into ‘Life in the Peloton’.
QK: How big a factor did Blackmount play with deciding the outcome of today’s stage? How did the stage unfold for you and your team?
GC: The field did obviously splinter over Blackmount. It was a fast start today with 10km ticked off in the first 10 minutes. Averaged over 45kph for first hour with some Category 2 and 3 climbs in the mix. I was in a small crash at the 75km mark resulting in bent bars and a buckled front wheel. I still managed to get up the main climb about 1 minute down and was in the second bunch over the climb. This did come back together. But there was an initial break up the road that didn’t get caught and we had James Fouche in and rolled 5th and Jimmy 2nd in bunch kick for 9th. I ended 1:30 down.
QK: With Coronet Peak included in tomorrow’s stage how do you envisage this stage playing out? What are your tactics going into tomorrow’s stage?
GC: Tomorrow we will look for the break but leave our climbers fresh for Coronet. Anthony should be able to claim the silver jersey and James Fouche further up GC or KOM options.
QK: All the best for the Crown Range.
Here is a link to Guy’s Strava file for Stage Two.
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