Ben

Here’s a much healthier Ben before he rearranged his face in yesterday’s stage.

Simon

Simon is still riding well and keeping out of trouble in the treacherous crosswinds.

Kristian

Kristian is a genuine great guy.  Not a hint of arrogance from him which is rare in an athlete of his caliber.

Matt&BenGOR

Both Ben and Matt crashed out from yesterday’s stage and I took them out on the Great Ocean Road for a bit of sightseeing on the way to the hotel in Lorne.

MattGOR

I think Matt was quite happy that he wasn’t subjected to the crosswinds on the road today.

Swany

Dom’s (swany #2) take-home CyclingTip from the Sun Tour – Jam and Philly cheese rolls for the musettes.  Yum!

ride

The team riding to the start of the stage.  The van always accompanies them.

massage

The routine every night after the stage.  All the riders get a 1hr massage and have a good chat about the day.

Dean2

Deano looking all serious and focused.

Christian

Kristian’s poker face at 55km/hr

cyclingRocks

Yes it does!

A Few Tech-Tips

42T_Chainring

Tom loves his 42T chainring and won’t ride a 39T like most of us.  He says it gives a much more comfortable set of gear ratios if you’re not doing massive climbs.  I’ll write a post more about this later.

24mmTyres

They all use 24mm tyres.  I’ve always used 23mm by default without thinking about it too much.  Andy the mech says they roll smoother and puncture less.  That 1mm makes quite a bit of difference.  He highly recommends them.

bigBig

Lots of people like putting their chain into the 53T-23 or 21.  You can see from this photo how much this bends the chain at the chainring (look at the front derailleur).  This will accelerate the front chainring and chain wear.