Time trial is the cy­cling race of truth with nowhere to hide

Mansfield Courier - - Sport -

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AN In­di­vid­ual Time Trial (ITT) is usu­ally known as the ‘race of truth’ - there’s nowhere to hide in a bunch and no wheel to fol­low.

Just each rider, alone, and against the clock.

It’s usu­ally ac­com­pa­nied by aero­dy­namic en­hance­ments such as time trial han­dle­bar ex­ten­sions, skin suits and aero hel­mets.

How­ever, the ITT held by the Mans­field Mt Buller Cy­cling Club on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 17 was the Rob Cur­tis Me­mo­rial Hill Climb - held on a course which kept speeds so slow that be­ing ‘aero’ was vir­tu­ally ir­rel­e­vant.

While it was only a rel­a­tively short 10km, it was all up­hill.

Yep, all of it (just like Rob would have wanted).

There is a sus­pi­cion that the up­hill time trial was the brain­child of Thurs­day night race di­rec­tor Di Condie; who planned a 10km dose of pain be­cause she knew she’d be away on hol­i­days, watch­ing the Tour Down Un­der in Ade­laide.

On a very warm evening 12 year old Os­car Hall, vis­it­ing from Be­nalla, started things off.

He was fol­lowed by only an­other 11 rid­ers at 30 sec­ond in­ter­vals.

Even though Damian Grundy was the first across the line, fol­lowed by Os­car’s dad Si­mon, it was Os­car who took the win with a time of 34.59, cor­rected to 19.59 on hand­i­cap.

John Lazarov con­tin­ued his trans­for­ma­tion into a climber to take sec­ond in 20.28 with Judi Duke third in 20.44, ahead of the two Hall broth­ers, Si­mon and Tim.

Bruce Halket rode fastest time in 25.22.

Dur­ing pre­sen­ta­tions back at the De­latite Ho­tel, club pres­i­dent Damian Grundy an­nounced that all en­try monies would be do­nated to the Red Cross in Rob Cur­tis’ name.

Next week is ev­ery­one’s favourite, a 32km Hand­i­cap from the Botanic Park, up to Saw­pit Gully Road and around the Bar­wite Loop to Graves Road.

En­tries need to be in via SMS the usual way by 8pm Wed­nes­day.

Many thanks to our of­fi­cials and vol­un­teers.

Speak­ing of vol­un­teers, many thanks to all the vol­un­teers who helped the club host a very suc­cess­ful round of the Vic­to­rian Down­hill Se­ries at Mt Buller on the week­end.

With a record 298 en­trants, it was a great suc­cess and tes­ta­ment to the great work of event man­ager Ben An­n­ear.

WIN­NERS ARE GRINNERS: Cham­pion of Cham­pi­ons win­ners Al­lan Cole and Beau Vo­gelzang.

PHOTO: Tony Co­p­land

RAC­ING AHEAD: Judi Duke crosses the line ahead of Tim Hall, un­der the watch­ful eye of as­sis­tant time-keeper Ruby Dob­son.

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