Peel District Cycling Club: record tumbles at season-ending time trial


Time trial record breaker Conor Leahy.

Colin Rose.
Time trial record breaker Conor Leahy. Colin Rose.

THE Peel District Cycling Club road season finished with a record-breaking Hilly Time Trial by Conor Leahy.

It is traditional for the season to finish with the Hilly Time Trial, which starts at Serpentine Dam, moves along Kingsbury Drive to the monastery and returns.

In 2014, Robert Power set the course record of 38m 34s over the 25km course.

Last Sunday, Conor Leahy smashed the course record by more than a minute, finishing in 37m 25s.

Leahy’s margin was enough that even with time bonuses, no other rider came close and Leahy took the win.

Colin Rose has consistently been one of the fastest three riders in this race, and combined with his age-based time bonus, has won it several times.

But this year, Leahy was too fast, and Rose came in third, and with his time bonus, finished second.

Tom Barrett was second fastest and finished third.

The Hilly Time Trial is run on age standard, which gives a time bonus to riders based on their age.

Even after setting the course record in 2014, Power did not actually finish in the top three that year, as several older riders finished within minutes of his time and used their time bonus to beat him.

Power later raced with the Australian under-23 squad, before joining Orica Scott this year.

The Peel District Cycling Club summer season starts with the Rockingham Golden Criterium as part of the Rockingham Beach Cup festival on November 11.

For more information, visit pdcc.asn.au.

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