Saturday was a cold and showery day for the running of the Gippsland Road Time Trial titles. Riders raced over 19km between Outtrim and Leongatha South with the 22 starters starting at 1 min intervals. The riders were pretty lucky as the showers actually stayed away for the hour odd of race time so they only had to contend with the wind.
Best effort of the day went to Will Lumby who recorded a slick 27min 23.64 sec time. This saw him finish just 7 seconds quicker than Jim Timmer-Arends from the Latrobe City club whilst in 3rd place was Stefan Kirsch at 24.47 sec – a further 16sec adrift. In 4th place was Brett Rollinson from the Warragul club at 28.01.13 min and just back from riding in Italy in 30+ degree conditions compared to the 10C on Saturday. Daniel Furmston (Latrobe City) was 5th at 28.07.76, Brett Franklin 6th at 28.35.63 min, Paul Yeatman (Latrobe City) 7th at 29.28.36 min. Damien King, back from doing the Ironman Triathlon at Cairns put in a great ride for 8th at 29.30.08 min, just ahead of Simon Baxter 9th at 29.47.34 whilst Russell Church was 10th at 29.58.31 and the last of the riders to crack the 30min mark.
The event had 2 paracyclists compete, hand powering their sled. Alex Welsh was quickest at 36.30.30 minutes whilst Lachlan O’Brien raced home at 44.34.44 minutes.
The next 2 weekends are scheduled as combine races with the Sunday 7 ride being with the Latrobe City club whilst the Sat 14 is Warragul race day. The next Leongatha weekend is Sat 21 of July for the McIndoe cup race at Pound Creek.