Richards King of the TT
Mount Dryden Time Trial
Sunday 27th May 2012
Geoff Richards put his new time trail bike to the test and came up trumps, recording the fastest time of the day, and taking out both categories of the Grampians Vets 25 kilometre time trial.
With several new time trial bikes fronting for the event, there was some anticipation amongst members to see the results. Apart from Geoff, Peter Wemyss also had a new time trial bike, so new in fact the he had hardly had time to get used to it before the event. Jason Shipcott also had a rebuilt bike, having changed his frame recently.
To add an extra dimension to the race, riders were not only riding for the fastest time, but also against their “age standard”, a set of times for all ages taken from a large sampling of riders of all ages groups, and standardised for both men and women. This compensates older riders and to a reasonable extent levels the playing field for all riders.
Starting from Mount Dryden, on the Greenhole Road, the event headed north to McKrackens Hill, where the road bends around to the east, and becomes the Sandbar Road, taking in a series of hills. Being an out and back event, meant the middle part of the course consisted of about fifteen kilometres of hills.
With the light but rising wind in the south, a tail wind start sent the riders off at a good pace, but also meant a tough slog back to the finish.
Jason Shipcott was first away, and posted a very good time of 40 minutes and 4 seconds (av 37.44 kph), only 4 seconds outside his age standard, which is calculated on mainly flatter courses.
Geoff Richards was next, and posted a time of 5 seconds less, at 39 minutes and 59 seconds (av 37.52 kph), which was a 2 minutes and 6 seconds better than his age standard. This gave him not only the fastest time of the day, but he also bettered his age standard by the most, 2 minutes and 6 seconds.
Next home was Danny Monaghan, also riding a time trial bike, and also recording an excellent time of 40 minutes 36 seconds (36.95 kph), a minute and 10 seconds faster than his age standard.
Danny took out second place in the age standards category, with Jason Shipcott third.
Peter Wemyss, who hadn’t had a lot of training recently, and combined with not having had time to get used to the new bike, was a little behind with 41 minutes and 31 seconds (av 36.13 kph).
With the rest of the field having normal road bikes, the times fell off by several minutes to the next rider, Drew Heard, who put in a great performance after a spell of indifferent form, to record 43 minutes 23 seconds (av 34.57 kph) ahead of Wayne Klauss 43 minutes 56 seconds (av 34.14 kph).
Laura White was the fastest female, in her first time trial, recording 46 minutes 48 seconds, an average of 32.05 kph.
Download the full list of times and averages HERE ...