Taylor Gunman will be checking in with his view from the Jayco Herald Sun Tour
Taylor Gunman will be checking in each day with his view from the Jayco Herald Sun Tour, where he has bagged a spot as a guest rider for the New Zealand national team. Day one got underway with a short prologue where Taylor finished 80th, 13-seconds down on stage winner Danny Van Poppel from Team Sky.
You can see what it took Taylor to complete his two-minute 49 second effort on his Strava - in short, it was zero to his maximum and hold it there! His final 43 second stint to the finish was 576 watts, at a 191bpm average heart-rate and an average speed of over 30mph.
"The 2017 season kicked off with a real hiss and a roar. The first three minutes of racing was full noise with the setting sun in Melbourne along side the Yara river.
"For 2.1km the crowd lines the course, cheering us on as my brain was trying to work out what you are actually trying to achieve riding full noise and getting familiar with lactic acid again.
"Although progloues have never been my thing it was pretty neat experience. Tomorrow's first road stage will be a shock to the system with Tawonga Gap being first most significant climb of the day, and then ending with a 21km climb to the top of Falls Creek to finish.
"With the likes of Froome and Chavez on the line and many Aussies ready to show their stripes it will be a big day on the bike."