This evening 21 riders turned up to test their mettle on Kennedy Road. In the 40 km trial run TT there were 12 riders, and in the 20 km category there were 9 time trialists. As participation was significant in the 20 km TT category, the organization has decided to honour their enthusiasm with an award and a trophy.
The weather was perfect with a gentle south wind and a temperature of around 20C. In the 40 km category, Peter Henry was the fastest with a time of 56:05.2, followed by Zak Jackson at 57:51.2, with Dave Pierce rounding out the podium at 1:00:00.8.
Paolina Allen was the fastest lady at 1:02:12.8. Sadly Brian Peters chain jammed on his crank and he was forced into an excursion into the ditch. Brian did get some road rash, but his skinsuit and bike weren't damaged. We wish Brian a quick recovery and look forwards to his return to the TT next week.
In the 20 km category, Dan Lundenberg was the winner with a time of 31:13.8, followed by Bill Ross at 31:30.0, and Don Smart at 31:39.1. Sue McCallum was the fastest lady in the 20 km category at 36:10.4. Bill Ross took some photos after he completed his ride and will post them on our website. Gerry Mawson, a new member as he heeded Ed Veal's advice, did his first TT in 57 years, and rode in with a time of 38:47.9. Welcome to the Eagles Gerry! Thank you to our volunteers: Lisa Zalewski spotting, Sarah Grimes time keeping, Bill Ross photography, and Tony Osborne and John Blunsdon at the turn. The results are posted on the Webscorer website, look for Results and use ID # 185290.
Next week we return to Kennedy Road for the Club Championships of the 40 km and 20 km TTs. Start time is 7:00 PM, please make sure you register by 6:45 so that we can start on time.
Yours in time trialing,
Sandford Road Race - Saturday June 8th
The first Club race of the season was held at the Sandford course. It was a perfect day for a race, the sun was shining, the temperature was 24C; we couldn't ask for a better day. There were 22 riders present, 14 from the Eagles, and 8 from the Uxbridge Cycling Club. The participation of the Race Team and the Uxbridge Cycling club made for a great race. Please visit the Eagle's website under Club Races to see the detailed results. It was a 65 km race for Groups 3, 4A and 4B, Group 2 rode 48km. John Vandenelzden from Group 2 finished in the sprint for 3d place, the handicapping worked quite well.
The race is called the Australian Pursuit. Groups of riders are sent off at predetermined intervals based upon the riders' ability. The object is for all the riders to arrive at the finish line together. The winner was a junior Eagle's rider, Nikita Neyshtadt from group 3. Nikita rode an exceptional race beating the handicap and was not caught by the other riders. The field came in 7 minutes later in a steady stream with some exciting sprints. The Uxbridge riders liked the event, especially the format, and will be coming back on July 6th. Thaks to our volunteers, Tony Osborne, Andrew Darke, Mike Emerson, and David Lemcke. A big thank you to Karen Paterson of the Uxbridge CC for bringing her club into our race series, they are great people, and we look forwards to collaborating on more events in the future. Also thanks to Dan Lundenberg for helping to get the Race Team out and competing in the stronger Groups 4A and 4B, they rode very well. It would be great if more Eagles tried a race, our groups 2 and 3 need more new riders, why not give it a try. The groups ride in a rotating pace line like what is done on our group rides except the pace is faster. You will become a stronger rider and I am certain you will like it. Discuss it with your riding partners and try riding in our next race on Saturday July 6th. You will not be disappointed.