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Women’s TT

Australia dominated the women’s time trials beating the UK riders by minutes rather than seconds, it was an Australian 1-2-3 and it’s fair to say that they thrashed the UK based riders. Rachel Heal, Wendy Houvenaghel and Katrina Hair did their best, but they were in a different postcode to eventual winner Oeone Wood

29km Time Trial – Women – Results

1. Oeone Wood (Australia) 37.40.87
2. Kathryn Watt (Australia) @0.15.20
3. Sara Carrigan (Australia) 0.19.45
4. Melissa Holt (NewZealand) 1.21.66
5. Rachel Heal (England) 1.45.50
6. Wendy Houvenaghel (England) 2.05.15
7. Alison Shanks (New Zealand) 2.36.38
8. Susan Jane Palmer-Komar (Canada) 2.51.73
9. Katrina Hair (Scotland) 2.59.30
10. Erinne Willock (Canada) 3.58.92

Men’s TT

In the men’s race it was a little closer, but the UK’s top tester Michael Hutchinson was still easily beaten by Gordon McCauley a good TT rider, but essentially a road rider. Paul Manning looked to be going pretty well only to be stopped at the turn by a car, on a closed road circuit? how on earth did that happen? It summed up the chances of the home countries as Australia taught us another hard lesson – We may be competitive on the track, but this was humiliating. Why and how? when the UK is supposed to be a ‘force’ in road time trials?

Well that’s a question for BC to answer, but we are certainly a long way behind Australia (and New Zealand!) when it comes to racing against the clock.

40km Time Trial – Men – Results

1. Nathan O’Neill (Australia) 48.37.29
2. Ben Day (Australia) @0.24.38
3. Gordon McCauley (New Zealand) 1.13.41
4. Michael Hutchinson (Northern Ireland) 1.28.07
5. David McCann (Northern Ireland) 1.37.90
6. Stuart Dangerfield (England) 2.19.71
7. Svein Tuft (Canada) 2.32.37
8. Peter Latham (New Zealand) 2.44.44
9. Paul Manning (England) 3.05.56
10. David George (Republic of South Africa) 3.11.45

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