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The Rory Sutherland Tour of Georgia diary
Rory Sutherland is back again – the 26 year-old Australian from Canberra is reporting from the 2008 Tour of Georgia for Cyclingnews, following on from his incredibly popular Tour of California diary. The 2004 Australian Under 23 National Champion will keep readers up to date every day on his and Team Health Net's progress. (For more read his 2007 diaries.)
Stage 3 - April 23: Washington - Gainesville, 108.2mi/174.1km
A racer's race
Another day in the saddle, and another fast day in Georgia. Seems like this tour is a lot quicker than most. What I mean by this is the speed that it's all ridden at. What's great, or not so great depending on how you look at it, is that every team is here to race. As in, everyone wants to be in the break, all the teams want the media attention, and everyone seems to be motivated. This means a fast pace and about 65 kilometres at warp speed before the break finally sticks.
I managed a good day of chatting again today. Caught up with fellow Cyclingnews diarist Trent Wilson to talk about 'stuff'. Instead of talking about what we can do, we talked about what we can't do. Here's our list:
he funny thing is, we were both thinking about what to write while we were racing. The worlds "Oh! That's going in the diary" seem to be ones that are a little too frequently used, and the team-mates' might be getting over it. If all else fails, I know Willo will be there somewhere in the pack to have a yarn with. Oh and on the Australian subject, approximately 20 percent of the peloton here in Georgia are in fact Australian. When I started racing there were only maybe 10 Australian professionals total, and now there's 20 in the Tour of Georgia. I've harped on before about the "Masshole Cup" (a competition between all Massachusetts born riders) and now it seems like we have the "Kanga Cup"…place your bets!
On to Dan, Dan the RV man. This is my insight to our own little world that is Healthnet/Maxxis at the Tour de Georgia. Dan drives the RV/Bus/Camper. But that's not just it. He is our savior. The guy that gets up early and brews the coffee to have it sitting ready for us at breakfast. The guy that drives us to the start, then cleans up after we make a mess of his pristinely organized home away from home. And the guy that puts up with our sometimes loud and annoying music. He's my hero, quiet and unassuming, yet very much appreciated by all the boys. I've dropped a few photos of our set up here below.
On to tomorrow. The team time trial on a racecar track...should be interesting! I'll be sporting the most aggressive skinsuit, which was awarded after the stage today. You won't miss me. Because it's A) A really nice shade of orange; and B) It has my name on the back. Nice!
Oh yeah, and our boy Matt also has been added to the available to be emailed list. Hit him up on the new email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Images by Rory Sutherland