SUVelo Elite Women Take Home Silver at the State Team Time Trials
SUVelo was represented by 5 teams across 3 divisions, Elite Men and Women and Masters Men for the NSW State Team Time Trials Championships held in Nowra on the weekend. The Elite Men’s race was contested over a 80km course while the other teams completed a very challenging 40km. There were 105 teams registered on the day and the competition was fierce. Well done to the Elite Women's team who came second in their category.
The Bradshaws had driven down especially to assist with support cars as well as to bring the SUVelo Marquee which served as an excellent meeting spot for warming up, race tactics and keeping the teams focussed in one place. Thank you for your seemingly tireless support of our club. Also a special mention to Lex for taking on the job of organising the teams and getting everyone training early. It made a big difference to the overall success of the club results. Let’s see if we can’t get more teams out there next year, it’s a great team event with fantastic camaraderie.
I think I speak for all competitors when I say that that the first 20 km out to the turn around was considerably tougher than anticipated. Not only was it up hill (and not the 2% average we’d expected, but long sections of 3-4% with sections of 7% to add to the joy), but there was a 30kmph headwind thrown in to the mix making communication key to keeping the teams of 4 together. Of course after the turn around, the conditions reversed and it was up to the riders to dig deep and find the leg strength to make up for the time lost on the climb and race back down to the finish line. Hitting speeds in the 60s was exhilarating, special mention to Gina who kept up with the rest of the team at these speeds even with her restricted gears.
The Elite Men team consisting of Ed White, Alex Wong, Jared Triggs and Tom Petty raced over the 80km hilly course on Braidwood Rd, Nowra. Diana Wong and Jo Bradshaw providing support in the following team car. They came 5th overall with a time of 1:54.48
Next up the Elite Women with 2 SUVelo teams contesting the 40km course. First to start were Dominica Watt, Naomi Fraser, Tegan Cox and Virginia Woods followed by Kelvin Rundle and Adam Fraser in the support car. The team finished 4th with a time of 1:17.30.
Chasing them was the team consisting of Rae-Anne Hardie, Clare Mandeno, Gina Ricardo and Melissa Neumaier (support car Neil Bradshaw and Sal Hannaford). They posted a time of 1:08.41 which earned them 2nd overall. This means that both Rae-Anne and Gina have added a second silver medal to their trophy cabinets for the year – well done!
Next up were the Masters men with Lex Feltham, Rob Even, Jarrod Scott and Glen Thornton (support car Neil Bradshaw and Mel Neumaier) who kept the team tight and together and posted a time of 1:02.40
Brad Hannaford, Alex Gale, Ronald Visser and Simon Byrnes (support car Sal Hannaford and Jo Bradshaw) suffered a puncture on the descent, but thanks to some excellent support crew work by Sal they were off again and still managed to come 7th in a time of 59:11 – a mammoth effort. During the post race spin class in the marquee (is that really what we have to do now? Thanks Team SKY) conversation quickly turned to coming back next year to get on the podium. It’s not hard to conceive that without the misfortune of the mechanical, the team could have made the time gap to claim 3rd. Next year…!