|A Grade Podium|
29 TTs this year and this one has had the most responses, I guess everyone knows the 1:20 and has given it a crack at some point. I've put the ride up on Strava but that is a little dodgy with accuracy when it comes to held starts on the timing point, good old Cycle2Max is where its at: http://www.cycle2max.com/bike-hill-climb/1-20.aspx?id=548 A few times are not listed there, Trent Lowe's 13:02, Will Ford's mid 13... but that 1st place 12:48 I'm not sure on.. You'd make some serious cash from the sport of cycling if you could honestly rip that out unassisted.
I didn't get a chance to reflect on cracking that 14 minute mark on the climb until I rode it again on the way home. I rode it with a pretty big smile, passing a few punters in fluro Netti jackets on the way too. Even they love the climb! I don't remember too much about the race itself, it was all a bit of a focused blur. Riders zipping past on the way down, some yelling encouragement. As I passed Vaughan Bowman at 1km to go he yelled at me to put the hammer down for a 13:30. The power numbers showed I lifted there all the way to the line, so thanks for the encouragement Vaughan!
A Grade Top 10: ------- 1 1 MILLER, SHANE 13:49.23 Hawthorn Citizens Youth Club 2 113 JONES, CIARAN 14:25.64 Carnegie Caulfield CC 3 7 MOWATT, JAMES 14:40.54 Carnegie Caulfield CC 4 5 KLAJNBLAT, JAKE 14:48.88 Carnegie Caulfield CC 5 12 SULLY, FERGUS 14:56.70 Blackburn Cycling Club Inc 6 10 MOREY, TRENT 14:56.88 Carnegie Caulfield CC 7 16 BIEN, NICHOLAS 15:00.20 Blackburn Cycling Club Inc 8 15 DENNIS, PETER 15:05.11 Hawthorn Citizens Youth Club 9 4 PARLEVLIET, CAMERON 15:10.17 Blackburn Cycling Club Inc 10 3 BOWMAN, VAUGHAN 15:15.95 Carnegie Caulfield CCFull Results: http://www.bbn.org.au/results/results111002.txt
Tons of photos by Michael McRitchie: http://gallery.me.com/mmcritchie#100072