Jayson Austin victorious in Bathurst Cycling Club Time Trial Championship

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.

HUGE RIDE: Jayson Austin equalled Dean Windsor's record in Sunday's Bathurst Time Trial Championships with a time of 20 minutes and 21 seconds. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

HUGE RIDE: Jayson Austin equalled Dean Windsor's record in Sunday's Bathurst Time Trial Championships with a time of 20 minutes and 21 seconds. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

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.