The Time Trial was to be 2 laps of and 11km circuit and on arriving I found another familiar face in Stephen Lane l have got to know Stephen recently, when he came up to race at this years Tour of Wangaratta where he came 3rd in A Grade, with some pretty tough competition.I got Stephen to jump in the passengers seat and take me for a guided tour around the course.
Everyone was very friendly and I really enjoyed the atmosphere before and after the race.I rode my fastest time trial to date averaging over 39kmh so was very contented with the effort.Possibly would have been quicker had I been paying more attention when doing the course recon,I missed one of the corners and locked up the rear wheel sliding sideways down the road,luckily keeping the bike upright.So I lost some time having to turn around again and get back onto the course.I ended up coming 8th in the open aero category.My legs were so sore after the race I thought it would be impossible to ride the Gran Fondo the next day.My quads just seized up and I could hardly move my legs,it wasn't a nice feeling.
Full results of the Time Trial can be found here.
It took me about an hour to drive from Paraparap to Lorne and I arrived just in time to have a coffee with several of the Captain's Crew, before the compulsory safety briefing at 5pm. The safety briefing was informative and to the point, so it wasn't long before we'd collected our rider packs including ride numbers which also included the event timing transponder.
I was still trying to get my legs working,walking downhill was the killer and uphill wasn't so bad.Luckily it was uphill back to our accommodation.
After turning off the Great Ocean Road at Skenes Creek riders were face with a 10km climb to Skenes Creek north
And where can you ride on closed roads with no traffic? As was mentioned at the safety briefing even the Australian Nationals are not held on completely closed roads.
For or the record my times was roughly 11 minutes faster than last year which was another box ticked.
I'm sure many people are inconvenienced by the road closures that we. as cyclists, get to enjoy for the event.I made sure I greeted people with a friendly wave where possible and thanked corner marshalls and other volunteers who make these events possible.