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TOUR OF FRIENDSHIP THAILAND: PT 1

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A few weeks ago Mitch (Giant Hampton) and I headed to Thailand to take part in the Tour Of Friendship. A 5 stage road race heading north of Bangkok.

The first stage was a 6km time trial on a magnificent 6 lane highway closed off just for us!
It was really good to get used to the heat and open up the legs a bit. We both did reasonable tt’s putting us in the top quarter of the field. After this it was off to lunch and back to the hotel.

All the photos I have used were shot by Craig Sheppard, an awesome photographer and great guy to have met. Check out his website for more great work.

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The next day was the first road stage – a 120km flat race.

We rolled out of the hotel for a neutral 20km through the northern suburbs until we were out of town. It was good to be on the bike and having a chat with some of the other riders.

After the 20km point it was on. Attacks started straight away, hammering down the wrong side of the road.
Now earlier, Mitch had said he would sit in today and get used to the pace etc. For those who have raced with him will know thats never the truth. He made his way to the front and went off chasing a small group that had slipped away. A few more followed until they had a good group off the front. We had regular time checks and they eventually got up to 4 mins on us. They stayed away and Mitch rolled over the line in 6th, narrowly missing a spot on the podium.

Time for a beer.

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