January means different things to different people. In America, some people are getting the last bit of their rocks off for cyclocross nationals in Austin. In Europe, dirt lovers are still in the middle of cyclocross season while road riders have either gone into hibernation in the velodrome or to the southern points of Europe to rack up the mileage. And in the land down under, it is the middle of summer and everyone thawing out from a frozen training ride is racked with jealousy.
It is almost like I can hear Phil Liggett's boner growing for Caleb Ewan. Ewan has won the first two stages of the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classics and I just know that Phil will be building a big orgasm then speaking about the young New South Welshman.
Ewan won the first stage in a two-man breakaway over Greg Henderson and then took out stage two in a sprint finish after a powerful lead out from Mitch Docker and Michael Hepburn. U23s Jack Haig, Harry Carpenter and Miles Scotson hung on for top 20 finishes.
Some riders are avoiding the Bay Crits just to stay healthy for Australian Nationals that happen next weekend in Ballarat. Here are the startlists via Peloton Watch but expect some more mentions from me within the next few days.
In New Zealand, the Tour de Vineyards has everyone turned out before Kiwi Nationals. Paddy Bevin took the overall after a stage win into Moutere and protecting the yellow jersey from Joe Cooper, who took out three stage wins. The other rider to win a stage was U23 rider Hamish Schreurs, who is joining Sojasun Espoirs-ACNC for 2014 after spending a year with Veranclassics-Doltcini. out-sprinted Liam Aitcheson and Adam Bull to take his 2nd stage in the Tour de Vineyards in as many years. To not make this place a recycling center of other people's interviews, go to roadcycling.co.nz for a good interview with Hamish Schreurs about his 2015.
That is all for now. Until tomorrow.