Fincycling season start - Part one

Fincycling opened the national racing season last weekend in Turku.This is the first part of the race report from the weekend and includes the story from Simo Klimscheffskij’n muistoajo - race on Saturday (and loads of pictures and a video). The second part will cover the following day of racing - TS Kortteliajot on Sunday.

Saturday began with the team arriving to Turku at around mid-day. The team for the weekend was built up by 5 guys, Sasu Halme, Aleksi Hänninen, Antto Tunkkari, Waltteri Lepistö and Arttu Suvisaari. Usually the team consists of 6 riders but this time Jaakko Hänninen was unfortunate to be ill just before the race and couldn't participate.

 Short briefing of things to do before the race

Short briefing of things to do before the race

Fueling for the race

Getting the team kit

Marko Vauhkonen would serve as the mechanic and Charly Wegelius, also known as the sports director of Team Garmin-Sharp would be the sports director for Fincycling during the weekend. So again, the boys would have a highly skilled and experienced team to back them up.

Antto and Aleksi relaxed waiting for Charly to arrive

Arttu and Waltteri

 Charly discussing race tactics with the boys

Charly discussing race tactics with the boys

 Antto paying close attention

Antto paying close attention

 Thoughtful boys

Thoughtful boys

After a proper briefing by Charly Wegelius, it was time to change to race outfit. I have to say this team kit is really good looking. Not to mention it is the same quality Team Tinkoff-Saxo is racing.

 Good spirit within the team

Good spirit within the team

 Charly updating the guys

Charly updating the guys

 Team Fincycling

Team Fincycling

The race would be in Hirvensalo, just outside of Turku, this served as a good warmup for the guys, some 6 km to spin the legs before the race would start.

 Warming up

Warming up

 Team Fincycling arriving to Hirvensalo

Team Fincycling arriving to Hirvensalo

 Charly enjoying great weather just before start

Charly enjoying great weather just before start

 Time to stack up with some PowerBar nutrition

Time to stack up with some PowerBar nutrition

 Final instructions from Charly

Final instructions from Charly

 Fincycling at the startline

Fincycling at the startline

The race would be 73 kilometers long and be ridden on a circuit with a length of 4 kilometers. The finish would be on top of a 800 m long hill, hard after many laps riding it over and over again. 

 Marko ready for action

Marko ready for action

 Charly concentrating on the race

Charly concentrating on the race

 Fincycling staff at the feed zone (Juho Suikkari, Juha Poutiainen and Kadri Õunap)

Fincycling staff at the feed zone (Juho Suikkari, Juha Poutiainen and Kadri Õunap)

The race was pretty hectic. On each lap there was at least one breakaway attempt, and the Fincycling guys did a great job in having at least one cyclist at the front at all time, catching up those breakaways. And on one lap the breakaway was succesful, and there was Aleksi Hänninen working to form a proper gap to the peloton. 

 Marko giving instructions from the team car

Marko giving instructions from the team car

 Aleksi working in the breakaway (picture by Klaus von Wendt)

Aleksi working in the breakaway (picture by Klaus von Wendt)

 Antto hammering (picture by Klaus von Wendt)

Antto hammering (picture by Klaus von Wendt)

 Sasu controlling the peloton (picture by Klaus von Wendt)

Sasu controlling the peloton (picture by Klaus von Wendt)

 Arttu staying in front of the pack (Picture by Klaus von Wendt)

Arttu staying in front of the pack (Picture by Klaus von Wendt)

 Waltteri in control

Waltteri in control

The final climb was hard as expected and blew the legs out of many riders. Aleksi managed to hang in the last hundred meters and finished 10th. The other guys did tried to attack from the peloton in the final lap but didn't manage to create a gap to the peloton, and finished with the main group. All in all, a strong ride by the whole team, the boys were riding like men.

 A solid race from Aleksi

A solid race from Aleksi

 Team Fincycling together after the race

Team Fincycling together after the race

 No win today, but the team worked well

No win today, but the team worked well

 Aleksi took 1st place in the M-18 class, next year the whole race!

Aleksi took 1st place in the M-18 class, next year the whole race!

The next part will cover the Finnish spring classic TS Kortteliajot. Last but not least a little sneak peek in the Fincycling team car where Charly Wegelius gives instructions to Aleksi riding in the breakaway.

Enjoy!

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