Cycling through the summer with Dynamo
RACE TWO – TOKOROA, OCTOBER 2020
You’ve got to love a team with a plan!
Our Central North Island cycling team approached race two in the Dynamo team championship series with a clear plan of attack, in much the same way we attack a new project or job.
With roles assigned and milestones identified they were ready to bring home the points. Here’s our race two run-down from our happy team captain, Mark Taylor:
“Round two of the Dymano team championship series was based out of Tokoroa this time and was a 70km road race. In comparison to round one it had a small climb of around 500 vertical meters.
We had a clear plan to get the points in this race and that was to attack from the get-go. We wanted to split the peloton by the 20 km mark, recover for the next 15km of downhill, then attack again over the final 15km.
It all went to plan as we kept hammering the pack with constant attacks until Graham O’Grady (GOG) got out in a two-man break with Signature Homes Racing rider, Darryl Soljan about 30km from home. GOG held out for 2nd place, crossing the line with Darryl a minute clear of the bunch.
Once GOG was away the rest of the team hung back in the peloton, rested up and prepared for the chaos of a mass sprint finish. Carwyn took out 5th, Jeremy 8th, I got 13th and Alex took out 18th, all within 2 seconds of each other!
With five riders in the top 20 we got enough points to win the team category for the day. This also bumps us up from 4th to 2nd on the team table. And we haven’t played our “joker” yet, which gives us double points.
On the individual points table Graham is sitting in 6th place, three points behind the leader and Carwyn in 9th.
There’s a lot of racing still to come with another four rounds to go, but things are looking good, and we’ve definitely raised a few heads.”
On ya lads. Looking forward to the next race in Ngaruawahia in November.
RACE ONE – CAMBRIDGE, SEPTEMBER 2020
What does your workplace do to keep fit? Apparently, our Central North Island crew are a mad bunch of lycra wearing cyclists.
Our McKenize & Co. team are competing in the Dynamo Events, Team Championships Series over the 2020/2021 summer cycling season. The goal of this series is to provide a competitive team racing series that suits abilities not ages.
It comprises of six races all around the Central North Island and with COVID-19 affecting events – including the cancellation of New Zealand’s largest cycling occasion, the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge – our guys jumped at the chance to take part in this months-long summer series.
The McKenzie & Co. team is made up of a group of good mates, who regularly train and race together.
We’ve got expert surveyor and all round great guy, Mark Taylor who manages and rides for the team. Alongside him is survey technician and NZ representative triathlete Graham O’Grady, builder and NZ Xterra representative Alex Roberts, St Johns first responder and Ironman Jeremy Ross, medical sales rep and Ironman Lindsay McCord, and ex-McKenzie & Co./Central Surveys technician and very accomplished hard core MTB’er Carwyn May.
The lads are off to a great start taking out 1st place in the Category 4 team time trial with a blistering time of 1:04:22 for the tough 42km course, which included 1500ft of vertical gain in between the 20-30km marks.
Well done lads. Keep up the great work and we look forward to more successes in your next events.
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