Saturday 20 February 2021 – 20km Team Time Trial Series 3/3
Beautiful racing conditions greeted riders in the Albany Cycling Club’s 20 km Team Time Trial event run along the Frenchman Bay Road out and back course last Saturday morning.
A light northerly breeze helped ensured a fast start and assisted riders out to the turn at the 10km mark and then barely hindered them along the home stretch to the finish at Frenchy’s Restaurant and Tea Rooms.
There was an excellent turn out of 9 teams with a total of 28 riders taking part in this, the third event of the Club’s Time Trial series.
Fastest home was the 2 man team of Beau LeFort and Riley Heslop in the brilliant time of 24 minutes 40 seconds at an amazing average speed of 46.70 kilometres per hour. Given that the course contains a couple of lumps and bumps they were travelling much faster than this average speed for long sections of the course.
Second fastest on the day were the Team of Mike Staude, Brent Schoof and Jason Lee (27.11) and third was the mixed team of Stuart Passmore, Jackson Pittman and Danica Wiggins in the fantastic time of 27.34, which smashed the previous mixed team record of 29.08 set some 8 years ago.
Other good times were set by Simon Barrett, Marius Coetzer and evergreen super veteran Jim Watmore (29.15), Team Denmark’s David Beckwith, Andrew LeFort and Colin Ashton-Graham (29.32) and mixed team Michael Gardiner, Brendan Mencshelyi and Julie Passmore in the very smart time of 31.37.
Brad Smithson, Richard Miller and Paul Gibson were only 1 second back in 31.37, followed by Paul Terry, Liz Cooper and John Manson (32.11) with the ladies team Shirley Thurston, Stephanie Bennett and Lucy Wellstead finishing with 36.27.
Ryan McLaren rode solo to record 31.50 and the youngest of the Wiggins clan, Faye, rode a Junior restricted course of 10km to record 17.17.
After the race members enjoyed a sausage sizzle and a leisurely chat whilst recovering, which wound up a successful morning.
There will be a break for the long weekend and then riders will assemble on Saturday March 6th for the first of the 4 “President’s Cup” Club Championship racers of different disciplines, with this race being a 40km Time Trial raced over a course on Settlement Road, Narrikup. Racing starts at 2pm.