The course was relatively flat with a few bumps, 10km out and 10km back somewhere out in the middle of the country, so I felt at home. :) We drove the course before the start so I knew what to expect. The turn around point looked to be on the top of a nice long-drag hill, perfect! My goals for the day in order of importance were #1: Win the state M1 ITT title. #2: Beat every M2, #3: Beat everyone. Only two other M1's entered, great, I'd done my homework on the M1 competition but didn't know if any of them had transformed into TT monsters for the big event!? I had a great warm up, then rolled around spotting the rest of the Hawthorn CC MOTU Team from last month. Ren, Stimpy, and the Electrician. Final 15mins before the start I was back on the trainer warming up next to another M1 competitor. This gave me more incentive to warm up 'hard' as a bit of a mental game.
Officially I was off last, but the Electrician must have had another PVC related technicality and had to be set off behind me. Off the line I was straight into it and feeling good. My minute man was my first target, and at the 5 minute mark I had passed him. 7km point was the rolling hills, and at the top of those I'd caught my 2min man. Over the train tracks and down a slight drop, I spot my freaky-middlenamesake-TT-
Results: Goals #1 and #2 achieved, I was just under a minute from John Cain's M4 time of 26:54, an outstanding ride that will be my target time next year. So, a state title on the bike! It made for good conversation at our massive dinner party in Ballarat that night when they all asked how I went. :)
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