Time trials test everyone

Time trials test everyone
Time trials test everyone

Machines varied from road bikes to very specialised time trial machines as well as a few handcarts, with riders aged from 17 to more than 80.

The fastest rider on the day was Australian junior (under-19) champion Michael Storer, who completed the course in 52 minutes and 43 seconds at an average of more than 45km/h.

A present junior, Oli Stenning was second and Vaughan Berge third with the fastest female competitor being Sofia Erhard. Colin Rose, a regular at the Peel Districts 16-kilometre time trials at Hopelands on Wednesday evenings, won the age standard.

However, time trials are not all about setting the fastest time against your peers, as you are also racing against yourself and your previous best times.

Sally Churchill took the longest to complete the course but was one of the happiest competitors by taking more than five minutes off her previous best time.

Special mention also goes to Ron McArthur who, after 13 years off the bike, returned and bettered the time he set 14 years ago.