Albany Cycling Club – Race report 6 March 2021
The first of the Albany Cycling Club’s 2021 Championship races was contested by a small but enthusiastic field of 14 riders on Saturday afternoon in overcast conditions.
The President’s Cup is awarded to the fastest rider over the 40 kilometre Individual Time Trial discipline with the other 3 Championship events, the Ralph Flowers Hill Climb and Long and Short Course races, to be contested in coming months to decide the 2021 Club Champions.
Starting and finishing on Settlement Road, Napier, riders raced to the turnaround point almost at Albany Highway, Narrikup, then returned with Beau LeFort putting his name on the President’s Cup alongside previous winners Craig Wiggins, Stuart Passmore and Carl Beck.
LeFort’s recorded the smart time over the course (which measured 41 kilometres on the riders GPS devices) of 57 minutes and 8 seconds, followed by Riley Heslop in the almost equally impressive time of 58.14.
Brent Schoof, in his first time trial over this distance, recorded the great time of 1.03.28, ahead of Denmark’s Colin Ashton-Graham (1.06.13) and Jacob Crowe (1.07.12) following from his good performance in last weekend’s Albany Sprint Triathlon. Other excellent times came from David Beckwith (1.08.34) and Ryan McLaren (1.10.54).
Danica Wiggins, in her first season in senior ranks, smashed out the brilliant time of 1.12.05 in one of her first races over this distance, which compares very well with many of the men’s times. Second home of the ladies was Liz Cooper in the excellent time of 1.16.51 and Stephanie Bennett chose a difficult discipline in which to make her debut with the club but finished in the very meritorious time of 1.24.58.
Julie Passmore, Michael Gardiner and Brendan Mencshelyi rode in a Team format and possibly wished at times that they hadn’t as they recorded a breath sapping fast time of 1.11.52.
It was great to see some new faces at the afternoon’s racing, which also saw the absence of some familiar ones due to various clashes in riding commitments.
There will be a pause in racing next weekend to accommodate the MSWA ride and then the following Saturday afternoon riders will assemble at the Great Southern Grammar School for the annual Kees Glorie Memorial Handicap Trophy race to Two People’s Bay, Nanarup and return, one of the most brutal races on the calendar and one of the most sought after trophies. Formerly known as the Two People’s Bay race it was re-named in honour and memory of former member, Kees Glorie, who was killed when hit by a car whilst riding to work in March, 2010. Mr Glorie won the race in 2009, his first win whilst a member with the club.