Rac­ers bat­tle for Time Trial tro­phy

Southern Telegraph - - Sport - Nick Cowie

Last Sunday saw the run­ning of Peel Dis­tricts Cy­cling Club’s Time Keeper’s Time Trial, which marks the end of the sum­mer cri­terium and time trial sea­son and the start of the win­ter road race sea­son.

With a strong north east­erly, the first part of the 40km course south down Hopeland Road was done with a strong tail­wind and fast times, be­fore turn­ing east on to Red­lands Road and into a head­wind. This was a short bat­tle be­fore the riders re­ceived tail­wind as­sis­tance to the turn back on to Hopeland Road.

The last 16km into a nasty head­wind broke a few riders.

Club vet­eran and win­ner of last year’s race on stan­dard time Colin Rose was al­most two min­utes slower this year with 57min. and 41sec.

Jor­dan Daw­son, last year’s win­ner of the 16km event and rid­ing his first-ever 40km time trial, now is an un­der-19 rider and recorded 57:40 to beat Rose by a sin­gle sec­ond for over­all hon­ours.

Rose still took home the tro­phy as that is based on stan­dard time (riders get a bonus for their age).

Daw­son was given a small bonus for his youth, but Rose’s bonus was much larger given he has been rac­ing for more than 35 years in the open cat­e­gory.

The 16km was 8km with a tail­wind down Hopeland Road, then 8km back into the wind.

The fastest was un­der-19 rider Lach­lan Con­nan, rid­ing it in 23:11 with un­der-17 rider Oliver Bled­dyn only 11 sec­onds slower and win­ning the stan­dard time event, with a larger time bonus.

Road rac­ing starts at Ser­pen­tine on May 12.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the road rac­ing sea­son and full re­sults of the Time Keep­ers Time Trial visit pdcc.asn.au.

Pic­ture: Nick Cowie

Colin Rose re­tained Time Keeper’s Time Trial tro­phy.

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