With winter making its presence felt, it was a cold and breezy afternoon that greeted the 23 riders taking on the Race of Truth with the first ITT of the 2019 season; a 20km Time Trial over a rolling Dangarsleigh parcours. Some impressive TT rigs were in evidence, with disc wheels and pointy helmets on show, aswell as a fine selection of skinsuits as riders shrugged off the inclement conditions in pursuit of precious seconds. And in spite of the adverse weather with a persistent easterly crosswind out and back there were some outstanding rides, as a number of riders recorded PB’s.
Riders were set off at 30 second intervals, and the outward leg saw some interesting splits. Blazing a trail near the back of the course was Missile Mick Harris, who hit the turn in a blistering time of 14:44. But there was a real battle unfolding for the remaining places, with Andy Robb holding a slender lead of just 15 seconds over John Scott-Hamilton at the turn, with Jason Simmonds only one second behind the Eagle. There was also a tight contest for 5th place, with TT specialists Alex Thomas holding a 7 second lead over a returning Phil Thomas as they made the turn for home, while conventional bike riders Pat Ferris, Codie Miller, and Oliver Marshall were all only a handful of seconds back.
And it was the run for home that saw the specialist bikes come to the fore, as riders tucked down on their aero-bars and pushed hard on the fast sections to see some very impressive speeds for the return leg. As the riders hit the finish line, there was a clear winner, as Missile Mick set a new 20km Dangarsleigh course record of 28:50 at an average speed of 41.6 kmh…well done Mick!! Andy managed to hold off the Eagle for 2nd place, with Jason taking out 4th place and the fastest time on a conventional road bike. The contest of the day though was between the two Thomas’s, with Keglegs powering home to just overtake Alex and nudge him out of 5th spot by a mere 1 second…great work Phil, and a real target for Alex next time around!!!
Well done to all the riders for leaving it all out on the road with some great efforts. Thanks to Mick Hoult for doing the signs and running the race, and to Col for manning the turn and recording the outward time splits.
Next weekend sees the return of Road Racer of the Year, with round 5 taking place over the tough 40km Boorolong course.
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