Time trial champs success
A STRONG team of Sunshine Coast riders made the trip to North Stradbroke Island on August 19-20 for the Queensland State Individual and Team Time Trial Championships.
Twenty-two Coast riders joined more than 300 competitors, plus an estimated 500 spectators, officials and support crews, at the championships being held for the first time on North Stradbroke Island.
Based at Dunwich, cyclists raced over a challenging course towards Amity Point and Point Lookout over distances between 20km and 80km.
Kaden Groves produced another outstanding ride to win the Elite Men’s title on Saturday with an average speed of 43kmh in the tough and windy conditions. His closest rival was almost two minutes behind.
Kaden’s win comes on the back dominant performances over the past month, including wins at the Charles Coin Memorial and Cunningham Classic.
Cathy Scott is the new State Time Trial Champion in the Masters Women 6 division, winning by over seven minutes. Sue Dingas put in a strong ride to finish third in the Masters Women 4 division with an average speed of 34kmh. Ali Thomas finished in third place in the Masters Women 5 division.
Jason Ford claimed second place in the Masters Men 5 division, three seconds behind the winner. Shaun Phillipson was third in the Master Men 2 division.
Ocker Henning was less than 30 seconds from taking the top step of the podium in the Under-19 Men’s race. Ocker finished in third place in front of fellow Coast riders Taj Jones, Sutton Henning and Luke Matthews.
The Under-23 Men’s title was a showdown of the fastest young riders with Brisbane’s Oliver Smith claiming the title. Following close behind were Sunshine Coast riders Ryan Cavanagh (second), Jonathon Noble (third), Patrick Kennedy (fourth) and Jake van der Vliet (sixth).
A number of riders backed up on the Sunday for the Team Time Trial Championships.
Kaden claimed his second state championship in two days winning the Elite Men’s team time trial. Kaden joined with Kyle Bridgwood, Ryan Cavanagh and
Michael Ryan to take the win with an average speed of close to 49kmh.
Sue Dingas and Cathy Scott teamed up with Sherry Ey (Bundaberg Cycling Club) and Leah Roberts (Moreton Bay Cycling Club) to win the Masters Womens 4 division.
Ocker Henning was third in the under-19 time trial.
Cathy Scott claimed the Masters 6 win.
The Sunshine Coast Cycling Club time trial team of Kaden Groves, Ryan Cavanagh, Michael Ryan and Kyle Bridgwood.