Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Solid Kick-off

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Solid Kick-off. Finally we’re underway! And what a start it’s been. Time trial days are always long periods of surprising quietness (and the quiet is always a surprise) punctuated by flurries of furious activity. As team mechanic-cum-philosopher Kris Withington (NZ’s finest mechanic) says, “it’s either full gas work or full gas wait.”

The core of the staff here have worked together on a number of grand tour time trials, and so the various intricacies of 9 different start times, specific prep protocol for time trials (compared to normal days, which take up to 6hrs, these 10min full gas efforts obviously require MUCH more significant preparation), and the heightened stress of a lot of extra people watching what we do don’t have such a big effect on how we roll.

It is, however, a day of high difficulty, and is always a great thing to look back on when things have gone well. And things did indeed go well across the board for the whole team, particularly for Millar and Tyler.