The Albany Cycling Club returned to a full road racing schedule last Saturday morning after an almost 12 months lay off due to the Covid 19 pandemic.
With a new committee in place for 2021 a new racing calendar has been devised following a wide consultation with members and other interested parties. In addition to the return to a more traditional race-based format the Club will host some recreational activities such as the Kosciuszko Challenge, some gravel rides and Grand Fondo type events.
The season opened with first of 4 Time Trial events, which will culminate in the 40km Individual Time Trial Championship on Saturday March 6th.
20 riders braved windy and overcast conditions, racing 20km on the traditional Frenchman Bay Road course
Fastest time posted for the day was from Beau LeFort, completing the 19km return journey in a superb time of 25 minutes 39 seconds at an average speed of 44.91 kilometres per hour. Second was Riley Heslop in 26:27, with Brett Dal Pozzo third in 26:48, both outstanding times.
Jackson Pitman also rode an excellent time of 28:50 on a standard road bike as did veteran Mike Staude, posting 29:47.
Brent Schoof almost broke the magical 30-minute barrier with a time of 30:22 in his first time trial with the club.
Of the ladies first home was Jenny Sammons, current World Record holder in the Masters 7 2000 metre Individual Pursuit (60-64 years), set at the recent National Track Championships in Sydney. Her time of 33:14 was very meritorious away from the protection from the wind offered by a velodrome. Liz Cooper second in the good time of 34:25, followed by Shirley Thurston with 35:29.
The Wiggins girls rode in a team time trial format and fastest time was Danica Wiggins pairing with Stuart Passmore in the excellent time of 30:34, and the youngest of the Wiggins tribe, Faye riding with her father Randall, second in 33:14 from sister Emily pairing with Julie Passmore with 33:45.
The press reporter’s special kudos for the day goes to a former President of the club, Tammy Stone, for her return to racing following a long injury layoff.
Next Saturday morning will see the second of the Time Trial series run from Frenchy’s Restaurant and Tea rooms on Frenchman Bay Road, starting at 7am. Spectators are welcome.
Cycling is a fantastic way to obtain and maintain physical fitness and the Albany Cycling Club, founded in the early 20th century, exists to provide opportunities for this pursuit. Midweek training rides of various levels are available to learn to ride in group situations and the road racing calendar provides an opportunity to use the fitness and skills in a competitive manner over a variety of traffic managed and sanctioned courses.