JAYSON Austin has claimed the Bathurst Cycling Club’s Time Trial Championship in style by equalling Dean Windsor’s longstanding record time in Sunday’s event.
Austin completed the 15.2 kilometre course in a time of 20 minutes and 21 seconds, matching the club record time Windsor produced back in 2006.
Cowra native and Bathurst club member Will Hodges (20:44) took the runner-up spot while Mark Windsor (20:53) was the only other rider to break the 21-minute barrier in third.
Austin’s ride over the course was completed in a fraction under 45 kilometres an hour.
The original running of the TT Championships took place in February but was declared a non-event due to multiple hold-ups at the rail crossing.
This time around there were no interruptions, and the weather was ideal for a record-breaking performance.
“It’s was a fair old effort. You sometimes say to yourself ‘I could have got that extra second’ but I was very happy with the time,” Austin said.
“There was only a little bit of wind, nothing of note. We were lucky actually. There was a big southerly that came through when the presentations were on.
“I knew I had a decent ride in me because in the cancelled one I did a 20:34 and felt like I had a little bit more to give.”
In the B grade battle Daniel Went (22:14) was a convincing winner ahead of Steve Jackson (22:50), who held off Glen Partridge (23:10) in the fight for second.
You sometimes say to yourself ‘I could have got that extra second’ but I was very happy with the time."Jayson Austin
Current female record holder for the course Toireasa Gallagher (24:10) was the first woman home and the winner of C grade. Rob Stephen (25:08) and Donna Scott (25:20) filled the podium.
Gallagher claimed her seventh Bathurst Female Time Trial Championship crown in the process. Her first success came back in 2001.
“It was a perfect day, with only a slight headwind coming back. It was a top day compared to when we last ran the race, when there were all the interruptions at the rail line,” Gallagher said.
“I had a couple of goals I set for myself throughout the ride. I knew I was chasing Donna Scott, who was two minutes ahead of me on the road, and I could see her so I could use that as a time check.”
Rosemary Hastings (27:26) won a close tussle in D grade ahead of Cathy Adams (27:59) and Norman Wise (31:09).
Emilie Miller (37:42) tested a new Georges Plains course in the para-cycling division.