THE Leongatha Cycling Club held a round of the State Individual Time Trial series on Saturday morning and it was a windy, cold and sometimes wet day for the riders.
The temperature was only single figures but the gusty wind and occasional hail showers were not pleasant for riders or officials.
To start the day the club held racing for club riders only with the State series starting at 10am.
In the club event, a time trial over the 20km course, Will Lumby was the winner with a great time of 29.9min, just six second clear of second place Brett Franklin whilst Austin Timmins came home in third place in 30.03min.
The average speed for Will was 41.17km/h.
The course which was out and back had a substantial tail wind on the outward journey but a solid headwind for the return run.
Austin Timmins was riding on his restricted junior gears so lost a little on the tail wind run.
In the juniors Oliver McLean was the winner with a time of 36.25 minutes.
He was followed by Thomas Fitzgerald and Kaleb Jans.
The club had intended to run a hill climb championship after lunch but the squally weather and bleak conditions at the top resulted in the climb being cancelled.
In the State series races, the number of riders shrunk from the 76 entries to just 55 hardy souls.
The paracyclists – most riding a sled and hand-pedalling, were all in attendance and braved the elements with an early start.
Local cyclist Alex Welsh put in a great effort in his division with a time of 38.41min.
The only other rider was Bernadette Fitzgerald in the Women’s B Grade division but she was hampered by the new tri-bars on her bike that had slipped over the journey.
She finished in 7th place with a time of 36.17mins, which was +1.35mins on the winners’ time.
The former national women’s time trial champion, Bridie O’Donnell raced home in a great time of 30.07min.
Best time of the day went to the Masters A Grade winner, Nich Squillari (Geelong) in a time of 26.27 minutes which is an average speed of 46.3km/h which was fantastic for the conditions.
Next weekend the racing is at Korrine for the Sprag trophy.
The Club juniors will be keen to keep driving their fitness before the State Titles scheduled for the first weekend in August.
Cyclists up against the state