Blue skies, warm weather and barely a zephyr of a breeze provided ideal conditions for this week’s racing at Breadalbane for the 23km Acciona Gunning Wind Farm Team Time Trial.
After several years in recession the Team Time Trial made a welcome return to the local racing program and seven teams of three riders each signed on for the event.
In the team time trial each team sets off at one minute intervals and work together in a pace line to complete the course in the quickest time. While team riders can draft each other they are not permitted to draft the riders of another team.
Starting in the Breadalbane village the teams headed out toward Gunning and the steady climb to the rail bridge at the top of the Cullerin Range before the turnaround and the fast run back to the finish line in the village.
The team line ups for the event were:
- BMC: Callum Emmerton, Garry Sheehy and Fiona Berry.
- Team Sky: Jacob Emmerton, David Carmichael and Peter Jackson.
- Team Sunweb: Paul Parlett, Phil Champion and Bluey Emmerton.
- Mitchelton Scott: Rob Wilkinson, Nadine Moroney and Chris Bushell
- Lotto Soudal: Gavin Moroney, Mark Stutchbury and Tony Wade
- Team UniSA: Keith Foley Chell, Glen Apps and Belinda Smith
- FDJ: Phil Hansen, Mick Hall and Ted Goad
Team Sky made up the 1 minute head start of BMC by the turnaround and were looking at setting the time to beat on the fast fun back to the village.
Captain Parlett, of pre-race favourites, Team Sunweb was barking out instructions to ensure all the team members maintained their pace line and held their position.
Mitchelton Scott struggled to race as the very efficient time trial team they are renown for and some of their riders could have been suffering the effects of a hard warm up ride from Goulburn prior to the race.
The youthful Team UniSA, always the aggressors no matter what the race, set a lightening pace out to the turnaround and looked like they would be a threat to the bigger, more experienced times in the race.
Lotto Soudal were racing solidly and consistently but the big movers were the French team of FDJ steadily catching the earlier teams and moving through the field.
When all the teams completed the course timekeeper Mrs Bush calculated the corrected times declaring FDJ represented by Monsieurs Philippe Hansen, Michele Hall and Edouard Goad as the winners of the vin rouge. Team Sky finished second and Team Sunweb came in third.
Big thank you to the volunteers - timekeeper Mrs Bush, Chief Commissaire Phil Bush, traffic controllers Brian Rawlinson and Chris Berry, Andy Oberg and Clare Berry in the lead/follow cars.
Next Wednesday racing is on Range Road for the Fred McClelland Constructions Grade Scratch Races. Sign on by 6pm at the corner of Chinamans Lane and racing starts at 6.30pm. New riders welcome.
Acciona Gunning Wind Farm 23km Team Time Trial at Breadalbane
- 1st FDJ 40:33 34km/hr
- 2nd Team Sky 41:42 33km/hr
- 3rd Team Sunweb 42:56 32km/hr
- 4th Lotto Soudal 43:22 32km/hr
- 5th BMC 43:32 32km/hr
- 6th Team UniSA 45:27 30km/hr
- 7th Mitchelton Scott 48:31 28km/hr