Monday, June 05, 2006 6:12 PM

Trento (Trofeo Degasperi) and Coppa Delle Pace race reports.

Trofeo Degasperi Friday 2nd June was another Men Elite race meaning open age, from Bassano Del Grappa over the mountain range to the town of Trento (where the Giro d’Italia passed through a week earlier). This race for me was not really on my list of goals being so soon after the tour in Spain (Navarra). Despite this I found myself in the front group along with team mate Matt Lloyd. So with him on good form from the recent tour of Japan I decided to try and set the race up for him. There was a break away which we caught not long after our group was established but like the last stage of Navarra one rider managed to slip away but I wasn’t going to let this guy get the better of me like last time. I rode the front, a lot of it myself, all the way to the finishing circuits which was 30km to go. The finishing circuit had a mega steep 3km climb in it, which we did 3 times and I managed to bring back the one guy who was away right at the bottom on the first lap and then I called it a day. I then left it up to Matt to do all he could to pull off another win which he managed to do perfectly. He attacked multiple times on the final climb, eventually getting away and managed to hold off the chasing rider by 4sec. A great ride!

Coppa Delle Pace (two days later) was a 166km race out towards the town of Rimini on the east coast of Italy. I race this last year and got a creditable result so I came back hoping to improve on that. It involved 3 laps of a 22km flat circuit followed by 8 laps of a 12km circuit with a very steep climb. Once again like in Trofeo Degasperi Matt Lloyd and I found our selves in front group but this time I wanted to have a go myself. We worked very well together in the closing laps, covering almost every attack. We never ended up seeing the winning break away, which was established about half way through the race. Matt and I ended up in a group of 20 sprinting for 5th place, but with two pairs of tired legs we only managed 22nd and me at 15th. Apart from being frustrated for the negative racing it was another reasonably successful day.

My next race is the U26 Giro d’Italia (Baby Giro) starting on Friday the 16th and finishing on the following Sunday 10 days later. This is the biggest amateur tour in Italy it will be some very hard racing but also very satisfying if we can get some good results!

Simon. J