Last Sunday morning saw the start of the Peel Districts Cycling Club summer season, with a 16 kilometre time trial at Hopeland. The conditions were challenging with showers and a blustery crosswind, which caused problems for some riders. It was good to see a few new faces on the start line.
Colin Rose who won last year’s fastest rider over the series, was in Victoria racing in the National Masters Road Championships, finishing third in the time trial. In Rose’s absence it was left to Phil Diesel to set the fastest time of 22 minutes and 7 seconds, averaging almost 44 kilometres an hour over the distance.
Steven Knight who won last years most improved rider, showed that he had not lost any of last year’s gains over winter, finishing with the second fastest time. Paul Prottey had the third fastest time.
Next week see the Peel Districts Cycling Club assisting with the cycling races at the Australasian Police & Emergency Services Games with a criterium on the Foreshore on Sunday afternoon followed by a time trial and road race at Serpentine Dam the following Tuesday. The next time trial is at Hopeland on 11 November with the criterium racing starting the following week at Smeaton Way Rockingham.