#croc8 still hurts – today’s stage was brutal, Martin reports from Lake Tinaroo, who defended his Austria leader jersey today racing for Il Pastaio / Rocky Trail Racing powered by Bacci’s Fresh.
“We climbed up to Copperlode Dam as in previous years and I knew the hills that come after that. But after the first feedzone instead of going on the route I knew they turned us left and then it just kept going up and up and up.”
Martin was one of the riders who go caught out by a locked gate. Following the GPS data on unmarked tracks it got a bit messy, however, all was resolved by the crew of UCI commissaires at the finish quickly Martin said.
After two stages, Martin holds the 16th overall spot and is 6th in his A3 Master category. Ahead of tomorrow’s third stage – the one with most vertical meters to climb – onto the Austria leader jersey with a gap of 2:44 min ahead of Peter Urdl.