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Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Sprint the Bay Preview

Well its that time again. Sprint the Bay time.

The final start lists and bulletin are out and its time to have a look at what might unfold over the weekend. As always the Morrison boys have done a great job with their pre-event information, and the terrain this year sounds excellent, after a fast first day spiced up by a knock-out sprint the event will really crank up on the last two days with some steeper harder terrain where mistakes are more severly punished. My pick for the crux race would be race 3 at Sacred Girls. Consistency is everything at Sprint the Bay and it is harder to be consistent on the tougher terrain.

Looking at the Start List Chris Forne sticks out like a sore thumb, at 37 he is the only elite man between the age of 25 and 40. Where have all the cowboys gone. It will be the world against Chris Forne, but he will beat them all except perhaps Tim Robertson and Matt Ogden. Its hard to guess at the form of the overseas competitors but except these three to be clear in the overall results. The three young guns I expect to see some good races from are Shamus Morrison, Callum Herries and Nick Smith. Plenty of gas, they just have to use it wisely.

Will Chris Forne wipe the smile off this young mans face?

In the women there are all sorts of wildcards, but perhaps the least wild, knowing that Laura Robertson is out injured, is Greta Knarston. The comeback queen is making another one, looking to take on the world in Europe. She knows how to train when she wants too, but has she been? All will shortly be revealed. Alice Tilley and Kayla Fairbairn are the most wellknown of the next generation coming through and it could be their turn to shine at this level.

Will we see a fired up Knarston at Sprint the Bay?
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