Day Two Report:
The ACU GB ISDE Junior team took the lead in the Junior competition today as rivals Italy and Australia both suffered setbacks. The ACU GB ISDE Trophy Team meanwhile put together a strong day to maintain eighth with several riders climbing the leaderboard. Danny McCanney was the best Brit today lifting himself from 42nd to 23rd in the overall standings.
The ACU’s Ted Bartlett organised an early breakfast for the team today, to accord with the early start, and the entire team would be riding within 16 minutes of each other for the whole day which called for slick work from the support crews at the checks.
The morning work period saw Jordan Rose change his carb and Alex Rockwell change his forks – both completed easily within time limit. Drama would unfold early in the day, firstly with Italian Junior rider Thomas Oldrati retiring in front of the British support crew at Time Check 3, then news coming through of Australian Ben Burrelll’s bike expiring.
This put the British Junior team in the lead, but with the strong French team breathing down their necks. The team maintained their advantage to the last test to finish the day the new leaders.
The Trophy team had a quieter day after a set-back right from the start when Jason Thomas was penalised a minute for breaking course tapes on day one. Tom Sagar changed his forks at TC 4 and reported improved handling thereafter. All riders changed their tyres tonight in the 15-minute work period.
Lee Edmondson went further, changing both tyres, the air filter and changing the engine oil on his bike and still left himself three minutes for a leisurely energy drink.
ACU GB ISDE Team Manager, Dusty Martin: “Another great day today. A tough one for our support crews trying to service ten riders within a 16-minute time frame but they coped brilliantly. Our riders again were excellent, this is a team event and we’d like everyone to get to the finish – certainly that improves our chances of success – and the riders seem well aware of that, combining speed with endurance. To be number one in the Juniors tonight is icing on the cake.
Four days to go, though – there’s a lot more to come yet.”
Provisional results Tuesday - Day 2
2 Australia +12:00.08
3 Italy +16:58.73
8 Great Britain +37:47.21
1 Great Britain
2 France +38.95
3 USA +6:38.96
23 Danny McCanney +5:19.71
41 Jamie McCanney +6:46.76
43 Jordan Rose +6:53.32
45 Alex Rockwell +7:02.79
58 Jack Rowland +8:25.18
64 Tom Sagar +8:55.11
69 Jason Thomas +10:06.11
72 Steve Holcombe +10:14.88
79 Paul Edmondson +10:58.41
86 Lee Edmondson +12:08.00