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Lindhe wins another time trial

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August 11, 2017

Eight riders braved the elements for the 15km time trial on Saturday.

Fastest time went to time trial specialist Travis Lindhe with a time of 20.46 minutes (20.31).

First on handicap was 65-year-old Rene Mol who recorded 25.24 min (19.08), second was Bob Nichols 24.19 (20.15), third was junior rider Nick Torney 23.09 (20.17) and in finishing order: Numurkah rider Corey Beatson, just three seconds slower than his mate Bob Nichols, recording 24.22 min (20.18), Lindhe was next, followed by Heath White riding his new time trial bike in the windy conditions, 24.19 (20.44).

Bernie Gillespie, after a 75km training ride prior to the event, was more than two minutes slower than his best with 28.37 (20.52) and then Gary Smith on 26.24 (21.47). Smith’s times of late are a long way from his best, no doubt due to lack of time on the bike.

Beatson, in his first time trial with the club, recorded an excellent time and will show even more improvement as the weather warms up and allows more time for training.

Travis Lindhe currently leads the winter aggregate with a tally of 83 points from 14 starts, followed by Heath White with 81 points and Rene Mol on 76 points.

●Club president Raymond Jarratt has journeyed to Europe, hoping to see a few stages of the Tour of Spain and do some training in the Pyrenees, then heading to Albi in France to watch the UCI Gran Fondo world championships and catch up with fellow cyclists who are competing there.

After a health scare and subsequent recovery, he is still covering quite a few kilometres in training, but is unlikely to return to competitive cycling.

He has been a great inspiration and can still be seen regularly helping out at events around the country.

He held the club record for the 15km time trial of 20.48 minutes for many years, which is now held by club champion Travis Lindhe who has recorded 19.44 minutes.

●Club members John West and Finley’s John Hand, accompanied by their wives Pat and Val, travelled to France during the recent Tour de France, having entered a Bespoke Cycling Tours event which incorporates many of the tour’s much-vaunted mountains.

Unfortunately on the first day Hand was involved in a fall, which resulted in serious injuries and he was not able to continue.

The 14-day tour took place in the Pyrenees and French Alps and covered 931km and almost 24km of climbing in the steep terrain.

They met up with former Cobram resident Mark Mentha and his good friend Gerry Ryan, famous for his sponsorship of the Jayco team while on their journey.

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