2015 Tour de Port Stage 2

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Stage 2 of the Junior Tour de Port saw a small field of riders taking part in handicapped criterium races, consisting of 2 x 10min, plus 2 laps, with a 15min rest between the races.  With a nasty virus in town the numbers were down, parents witnessed some very impressive riding with Jonah Hamer, Lleyton Wall and Callum Pender, giving it all they had.
Race 1 was ridden at an aggressive pace, with bonus points on offer at the 5min mark. Race 2 observed Callum having a big handicap start, where Jonah and Lleyton had to chase down Callum. Again this race was also ridden at an impressive pace by the three riders.
At the conclusion of stage 2 in the Juniors TDP we have a change in the leader board. In joint second place we have Lleyton Wall and Callum Pender on 11 points. The current leader of the TDP is Jonah Hamer on 12 points and well deserved. Our absentee riders, Sam Capper, Boyd Bann-Murray and William Pender are now going to have a hard time catching the new leaders.
Remember riders, the Junior TDP is raced over 5 consecutive stages. So riders need to remember that there is plenty of points on offer and consistent riding over the 5 stages can see any of the Junior taking the prizes…. Great to see parents giving all riders a cheer and support whilst riding yesterday.
Stage two of the Tour de Port was another action packed race with sprint, KoM, GC and silverback points up for grabs. Two intermediate sprints and two cat. 3 climbs promised aggressive and attacking racing to gain the advantage. The first KoM points were going out to the dam on the first lap and Brandon Conway jumped out of the pack for maximum points. The first intermediate sprint was taken out by Trevor Dickson looking to take advantage of ‘Songezo’ Jim Harper’s absence.
Early into the second lap and Chris (big Del) Delaney attacked and got a break on the rest of the field. This would be the turning point in the overall race and would earn him the most aggressive prize. By the time he was finishing the second lap he was joined by Jason (24hr) English which meant the race for first was over. This duo would not be caught.
Into the third lap and the KoM points were hotly contested, but Pieter Nieuwoudt took advantage of a mechanical from Brandon to take maximum points. The second of the intermediate sprints was taken out by Trevor Dickson again as the groups started splintering under increased pressure. Into the fourth lap ‘big Dell’ and ’24hr’ had increased their lead to around 3 minutes as current yellow jersey holder Ashley Stapley jumped away from his companions to ensure that he got third.
At the finish ‘big Dell’ took the prize over ’24’ and showed his professionalism and excitement by saluting and celebrating his big win in true style ( video already posted by former cyclist Scott Hazleton). Ashley came in for an easy third with Col Turner and Pieter Nieuwoudt, Brandon Conway, Craig Dudley, Trevor Dickson and Gareth Davies following in that order.
So after two stages, this is the overall storey.

  • The Yellow (GC) Jersey leader is Chris Delaney on 18 points, followed by Ashley Stapley on 16, Jason English 8, Songezo Jim Harper 6, Col Turner 4, Craig Dudley 4, Pieter Nieuwoudt 2, and Brandon Conway 2.
  • Sprint Jersey: Trevor Dickson leads with 28 points, Gareth Davies 22, Songezo Jim 20, and Lee Hancock 10.
  • KoM Jersey: Pieter Nieuwoudt leads with 8 points, Brandon Conway 6, and Col Turner 4.
  • Silverback Jersey: Craig Dudley leads on 18 points, Trevor Dickson and Gareth Davies both on 12, and Col Turner with 10 points.

Again, good racing and plenty to race for in the upcoming weeks. Stage 3 is one for the climbers as we have plenty of KoM points on offer and surely more exciting racing once again.