|Blue sky for ski school!|
Two hours was soon up and we were onto the real stuff, chairlifts and blue runs. I never thought I'd pick it up this fast after so many years. It was like riding a bike, but nothing like it.... I was spent by 2pm. Food, sleep, more food. Next time I'll see what damage I can do on black runs. Bring it on!
I drove over to Glenrowan on Saturday for the 36km TT held by Wangaratta CC. 18km out, 18km back. Pretty flat and a hell of a wind blowing. The only other rider to arrive early was the flying mullet himself, Ray Jarratt (Cobram CC). He pointed me in the right direction of the course and I went for a quick re-con drive. It was along one of those small country roads that you have to half-wheel in the car to pass oncoming traffic..... which means flying stones... which means a cracked windscreen on the Subie. Fark!
|Subie windscreen on crack.|
15 starters for the TT. A pretty good turn out given the Junior Nationals were on just up the road in Dookie. The organisers put me off last, chasing Tully Lyster (MMAS2 Vic TT Champ). I had a good ride for the first 8kms where I caught Tully, but struggled to keep the power down knowing we still had 28kms to go. I didn't manage to pull away from Tully until after the turn. It was only at 10km to go I could get into the right rhythm again and lift the pace as I started passing a few riders. I hit the line in 47:18. Such a different level of focus required for the longer TT events.
Top 10 Overall:
1. Shane Miller 47min 18sec
2. Tully Lyster 49min 18sec
3. James Boal 50min 27sec
4. Rhys Lyster 51min 12sec
5. Christian McDonald 52min 16sec
6. Ray Jarrett 53min 07sec
7. Jake Morgan 55min 35sec
8. Tony Reeckman 59min 18sec
9. Laurie Lyster 59min 21sec
10. Zane Douglas 1h 1min 05sec
|It was an Oppy 1-2 for Tully and I. |
Pic by Tony Reeckman (http://www.tonyreeckmanphotography.com)
Tony Reeckman has the full results and his race report over on his site: Here
Excellent event by Wangaratta CC. Timing was spot on, course was perfect, and everyone was up for a chat. I met a few guys who are just getting into TTs and who are already talking about chasing more speed for the next event. After presentations I drove back to Mt Hotham, knocking 17 minutes off the GPS arrival time by chasing a little Mazda 3 all the way to to the top.
|Heaps of snow on the top bits of Hotham.|
|Spotted on a Hotham shuttle bus - Windows Vista. Just lol.|