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Sascha Bondarenko - Chengdu Race Report
CBD Cycles - 29/04/2013
The race in Chengdu was a great first time experience overseas. I finished off with 23rd from a field of 50+, in which I was the youngest competitor. Although it was no breakthrough result, I was still reasonably satisfied.

After having some issues on the start line with officials putting their Chinese athletes in my slot, I was then placed out wide which put me out of the main bunch for the swim. This left me leading the second bunch from the swim out onto the bike, where myself and one other Australian athlete drove the entire second bunch for the majority of the bike leg. I had dealt with some severe cramping heading out of the swim onto the bike and yet while still contributing to the majority of the work bike, I was very happy with my ability to still run through some of the front packs athletes to consolidate my top 25 finish in a very hot field.

I will be returning to China for a race on the 14th of May and will be sure to keep you update on my progress.