Wellington ‘Wednesday World Champs’ ANZAC day special race finishers atop Turbine Hill.
The ANZAC’s would have been proud of the performance put out on the track today. A 25 strong peloton of the strongest riders on the planet (Wellington) assembled behind Circa this morning. The riders seemingly unaware that the gates of hell where about to be opened into their legs and lungs. The speed was high from the Gun with Hagan pushing at 45km p/h in the neutral zone. Chapman was first to attack, but a Strong northerly held the Peloton together until Kowalewski in appropriate fashion, opened up his account with the first of the serious attacks. A small bunch quickly formed with Kowalewski, Bennett, Taylor and Hagan with the commentator hanging on for dear life. It was then that Hagan went to the front and proceeded to tear the race apart! Some say his quads are made of carbon fibre and that he sleeps on the wind trainer. Some say he was born with no pain receptors in his brain, others say that he removed them himself when he was 10 with a pair of pliers. All we know is that he is called “the stig of cycling”. Hagan led out for 5km before sprinting and taking the first prime at Seatoun Wharf. It was then Kowalewski on Cold de Pass of Branda. Before Hagan took out the airport straight sprint ahead of Kowalewski. Two rogue riders had joined by that stage, Backhouse and Rowlands who were late and U turned onto the break. Closely followed by Trubridge who did the impossible and bridged from the peloton. This break of 8 then worked at full gas. It was in hitting the foot of the mighty Col de Happy Valley that the intensity of the battle lifted to another level. Turkish bullets would have been welcome relief to the torture that would be inflicted for the next 15 minutes. Rowlands from Trubridge at the top of this col - the rest is too disturbing to recount. However it would be the carbon legs of Hagan that would inflict the final blow. Already at max heart rate and nauseous, the mortally wounded peloton could only watch as the man with no pain threshold pulled away on the famous “wind turbine climb to the sky”. Kirsten Cannibal Merckx who happened to be out doing one legged hill repeats in the 53-11, the only rider Hagan could not reel in. Followed by Trubridge and Wellington hard man Taylor.
This epic battle is testament, that the pinnacle of World Cycling is at its very best, in the hardest sporting spectacle ever to take place, the Wellington Wednesday World Championships.
- Silas Cullen