Le Fort and Wiggins win cycle club season opener
After a hiatus through winter Albany Cycle Club’s 2018-19 season opened with a time trial along Frenchman Bay Road in sunny conditions on Saturday morning.
Faye Wiggins (U11), youngest member of Albany’s infamous cycling family, set a quick pace to finish with 21.22 over the 10km course.
In the 20km event a subtle tailwind on the way out had some riders feeling a little cocky before hitting the turnaround into the wind. Many senior riders had a sense of déjà vu as juniors with ongoing form after the recent National Junior Cycling Championships zipped past them on the way home.
Smashing her previous best over 20km Danica Wiggins (U17) was first female home in 31min 18 sec, while Masters track rider Jenny Sammons was first senior woman in 33.30.
Riley Heslop (U17) posted the second fastest time of the day in a personal best of 27.32 with third placed Lachlan Waldron (U17) beating the magic 30-minute barrier in 29.52. Beau Le Fort was fastest and the only senior rider to hold off the juniors with a personal record of 27.08.
Emily Wiggins (U15) set a smart benchmark of 32.33 in her first official individual club 20km, while Jess Waldron (U17) zipped to a personal best in 33.30.
Other notable times were from Peter Wilshaw (31.12), Jim Lie (32.04) and Elizabeth Cooper (34.53).
Teachers Michael Gardiner, Jill Bascombe and Mike Staude joined forces as Team Chalkies to cover the course in 32.54.
Meanwhile, Craig Wiggins backed up his breakthrough win in the National Road Series Tour of Gippsland the previous week to finish fastest overall in the 112km Beverly Handicap on Saturday.
Time trials are held at 7am most Saturdays until mid-December with a choice of 10km or 20km events for individuals and teams. New riders are welcome. Visit www.albanycycleclub.com.au for more information.