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Jeremy Yates Race Wrap Up

Posted on Wed., Feb. 8, 2012

Hello Everyone,
Well what a busy summer of racing its been! Since I arrived back in NZ after a big season overseas I have targeted the biggest races and had some success. Its been an incredible journey and one that is coming to an end, well at this level anyway. Firstly a quick highlight. 
The Tour de Vineyards, Nelson is traditionally summer racing at its best. This year we endured a heavy rain storm over much of the tour which made for cold, wet, tough racing. I used this 5 day tour to build up to the National Champs a week later, and came away with a stage win and the KOM jersey. I was the fastest up the 15km Takaka hill climb but fell short of catching 2 riders from an early breakaway, finishing the tour in 2nd overall.
The National Champs were the biggie for me and I put everything in to finally win an elite national title after placing 5th and 3rd in previous years. I was on a good day, but not super- and came away with the silver medal after a brutal day. The younger riders showed their class to be dominant on the day and for the first time swept the major placings. 
From there it was down south to compete in the inaugural Milford- Te Anau Challenge, 120km race with the first 15km climbing out of the Milford Sounds and through the Homer Tunnel. I attacked this climb and rode the rest of the race solo with a chase group of 5 unable to catch me over very difficult terrain. This will be a memory that stays with me forever, and was captured on the national tv news the next night, crossing the line with my bike in the air.
Tour of Manawatu was not my best work, and had limited oppourtunities for most riders. There was a prologue, 3 bunch sprints, and a long breakaway stage. I didnt feature in this tour, which is consistent with most years. Coming at the end of a hard block of intense racing I was happy to work for someone else. This was my last international tour after announcing my retirement in January. 
The time has come to focus on other areas in my life. In December the lovely Serena Sheridan said Yes to a marriage proposal, and we are making plans together to get married in Nelson in February next year. Also I started a construction company and will be moving to Christchurch in March to begin helping repair the Earthquake damaged homes. 
I still plan on racing a little in NZ and staying active on the bike as time allows. I look forward to contributing back to the sport that has given me so much and want to get involved in nurturing our next generation of champions. 
Thank you to everyone that has kindly supported me throughout my career, it will not be forgotten.
Kind regards
Jeremy Yates