They say you have to have skin in the game to be successful. Team Directasia.com took this very seriously on Sunday, February 16th making two trips to the medical tent, but putting three riders on the podium.
Early in the day the team took to the road in the 30-34 age group with team riders Rich Smerin, Matthew Kenfield and Robert Lamb taking the line. Right behind them Deverell Smith, Rowdie Loughlin, and Amber Will would sprint off the line in the 35-39 group. Fred Clatworthy would be the lone Directasia.com representative in the 40-44 group (did that hold him back...?).
In the 30-34 age group, the final corner coming into the finish would prove crucial, and after a long hard pull by Matthew Kenfield, Rich Smerin was positioned well into the sprint. Only Dor Ming Chau (Champion Systems) would be faster as Smerin took second place in the 30-34 Age Group. A great result, as Smerin also stood on the podium Saturday during regional track racing in Hong Kong (check out photos on Facebook).
The 35-39 would prove tougher with Amber Will getting taken down hard in the final sprint. Amber was later cleared by the medics and wrapped up in a thick layer of gauze and tape to cover all the road rash... Deverell Smith would push his track weary legs hard to take 3rd place on the podium.
To the 40-44 group, Fred Clatworthy would make it look easy attacking the group to take a solo victory for TDA. Clatworthy would show a normalized power of 371 watts to earn the win and the third podium of the day.
The final race of the day would see the team toe the line in the Open. A 10 lap race featured primes every 2 laps, and saw a fast attacking race on the twisty course.
Fred Clatworthy positioned well early to break away from the field with Kan Koon (Total Sports), Thomas Cheung (Champion System). Simon Chau (Total Sports) also hung on for 2 laps early on but was gapped, and not able to reconnect at the first prime. The Group of three would work hard to stay away but around the 8 lap mark their efforts where doomed and the peloton closed in. They trio were swept up, and the angry peloton pressed on towards the sprint finish. Late in that lap Rob Lamb also hit the deck making another offering of skin to the cycling gods...
On the podium it would be 1. Thomas Cheung (Champion System), 2. Kan Koon (Total Sports), 3. Dor Ming Chau (Champion System), 4. John Tonks, 5. Fred Clatworthy (Directasia.com).
A good weekend of racing for Team Directasia.com. Lots of gauze, road rash and a trio of trophies.