The Albany Cycling Club raced the second of its Time Trial Series over 20 km along the Frenchman Bay road course Saturday 13 February 2021 morning in ideal conditions.
17 riders faced the starter and were sent off at 30 second intervals out to the turn at Big Grove and return to the finish at Frenchy’s Restaurant and Tearooms and it was good to see a couple of new faces in the morning’s racing and an overall improvement in the times ridden.
Fastest for the day was Riley Heslop in the extremely impressive time of 26 minutes flat, just a heartbreaking few seconds off a PB, at an average speed over the course of 44.31 kilometres per hour. Brent Schoof well and truly cracked the 30 minute barrier with a very smart time of 28.09, an Herculean effort following a 215km ride the day before, with Mike Staude improving his time a minute from last week to be 3rd fastest in 28.51.
Other excellent times were recorded by Michael Gardiner, 30.38, Peter Wiltshire, 31.13 and Dr Paul Gibson with 31.55.
First lady home was, again, Jenny Sammons with a very smart time of 32.41 ahead of Liz Cooper, 33.52, both ladies improving considerably over last week’s times. Julie Passmore rode solidly in her first solo effort for the season with 34.59 and Shirley Thurston showing consistency with 35.31.
Beau LeFort and Danica Wiggins rode in a Team Time Trial format and recorded 30.03.
Next week will see the popular Team Time Trial race make a return for this season over the 20km Frenchman Bay Road course, 6.30am for a 7am sharp start. Teams of 3 riding in close format ensure that the pace is kept high as they take advantage of the drafting effect. The favourable weather forecast with light winds should see the stronger teams achieve speeds in excess of 50 kmph for long sections of the course.
New riders are encouraged to form a team and join in this event. A Race Licence is required and a variety of Race Licence options are available. For details please visit the club website www.albanycycleclub.com.au .