First up is the relatively modest (distance) 7.1k prologue, quite a good way to start particularly if you like time trials. The course is rolling with a little bit of flat; technical with some difficult, not so much tight but never-ending corners; and plenty of wind.
I ear-marked this prologue as a key event in my ongoing bid to make selection for the 2014 Commonwealth games. I’ve come here fatigued so wasn’t sure of how I would go but knew I could rely on some well honed mental skills to achieve a good result..
I was stoked to be in the ‘hot seat’ for a while, until my 9:40 was destroyed by a 9:10. There was nothing I could do nor near the rest of the field could do to come close to a ‘smokin’ Joe’ (Cooper – Huon Genesys). We all started to question which shortcut did he take?! Until last year’s prologue winner and Cooper’s team mate, Campbell Flakemore rode a 9:17.
So once again an Australian team is on top – Genesys 1-2. At least a Kiwi is on the top step of the podium – well done Joe!