Time trial is the cycling race of truth with nowhere to hide
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.
RACING AHEAD: Judi Duke crosses the line ahead of Tim Hall, under the watchful eye of assistant time-keeper Ruby Dobson.