This year the TT event was an Open run in conjunction with Cycling Victoria, so we were up against some of the young guns from the Victorian Institute of Sport and a few National Road Series team riders. Thankfully those quick kids didn't qualify for the Masters IRTT Series, which was our own race with a race, and there isn't much you can do about your competition in a TT. The clock is our main competition, not them.
With a late start time I did the rounds of the car park warm up area, catching up with all the familiar faces, getting in some pre-race trash talking. The sun was out and everyone was looking forward to getting out on the circuit.
My start time finally rolled around, 12:10pm and I was off. With the data from last year I knew what lap times I had to ride. Lap 1 went well, under 6 minutes and right on schedule. Once I knew where the wind was coming it was a lot easier to pace the course. 18kms in 23:21. Another power PB on the TT bike over that distance. Nothing like a tail wind and home straight to really leave everything on the race track, the last km was 460W.
I was aiming for a podium, but wasn't sure where I'd end up given the young guns rolling around on the day. I am very very happy with the win. I still have a long list of things to check-off the improvement list too, so I'm still super motivated to keep my head down and riding hard!
Results - A Grade.
1 MILLER, Shane MMAS1 Hawthorn CC 23:21.08
2 SHEPPARD, Eric M23 Carnegie-Caulfield CC 23:46.57
3 GALLAGHER, Michael ELITEM Carnegie-Caulfield CC 23:46.93
4 SMITH, Stuart M23 Leongatha CC 24:08.16
5 DENNIS, Peter ELITEM Hawthorn Citizens YC 24:08.50
6 SPENCER, Jason ELITEM Blackburn CC 24:09.37
7 CAIN, John ELITEM Carnegie-Caulfield CC 24:20.91
8 LAMA, Martin MMAS3 Blackburn CC 24:40.99
9 KAH, Danny MMAS3 Carnegie-Caulfield CC 24:53.40
10 CUMMINGS, Jack JM19 Carnegie-Caulfield CC 24:55.68
Full Resutls (PDF)
Carnegie Caulfield CC Report and Photos
Jxpphotography Event Photos
HTC Desire S - Brand Ambassador
If you've been following my Twitter you may have seen my post about this already. I was runner-up in a promo competition with HTC during the Tour de France. The winner getting a week long trip over to follow the final stages of the Tour. So close!!!!....... As a runner up, HTC have sent me a brand new HTC Desire S to use (and keep!) and some HTC Highroad kit... in return I've been writing up short snippets of things about the phone for their Facebook page. I'm up to 15 articles, and I think they've published them all so far! Check them out at https://www.facebook.com/
Finally - The new TT frame has arrived!
I've been banging on about looking for new TT frame for a few months now. My current TT frame is a few years old, and the new ones have a few nifty 'aero' features that would knock a few seconds off my times. We spoke to a few frame distributors, resellers, etc, but nothing eventuated. With precision timing, our team sponsor Kosdown Printing has just stepped up their commitment to the team and with their help I'll now be ripping around on a new Malvern Star Oppy TT frame. Now I'm on the hunt for an ANT+ crank power meter... garage sale time to fund that one!
By the way, the team has put out the call for U23/Dev squad applications, more info on the team website.
More news in a few days when I finalise some paperwork.... but for now....
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