Ballina Masters Cycling Club battled heat and headwinds in their first time trial for 2017.
Ballina Masters Cycling Club battled heat and headwinds in their first time trial for 2017. Courtesy Christine Syme BMCC

Headwinds, heat hot up time trial

STRONG northerly winds were a challenge for cyclists on the weekend as they sought to overcome heat and show they spent more time in the saddle than on the couch over the festive season.

At the Ballina Masters Cycling Club first individual time trial for the year, riders looked to reset individual handicaps over a 10km course.

BMCC's Andrew Downey said the trial commenced with a downwind start.

"Riders set off at one minute intervals in no particular order,” he said. "The only disadvantage going to the person who went first, as they would have no way to gauge their performance except at the turn-around point at 5km.”

The order saw Downey followed by David Cowdrey, new rider Matt Benson, Richard Brown, Tony Pfieffer, Bruce Quinn, Garry Whitfield and Bruce Syme.

"Matt made good use of his clip-on aero bars and rode an impressive 16:39 (36.03kmh average speed) to record the fastest time of the day,” Downey said.

"Unfortunately as this was a trial ride for him prior to joining the club, it didn't count (but) it did raise a few eyebrows.”

Downey said BMCC officials and marshalls Ian Gailer, Kevin Durkin, Carole Sharrock and Alan Paull did an excellent job.

"Thanks also to Bob Charlton for providing shade and some chairs for the weary,” he said.

The finish times

Garry Whitfield 18:19 (first and also fastest time)

David Cowdrey 18:41

Bruce Quinn 19:12

Andrew Downey 19:17

Tony Pfieffer 19:26

Bruce Syme 19:39



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