Teamwork was the theme for the second day of the Federation University Road National Championships as the Club and School Team Time Trials stole the show in warm, hazy and slightly gusty conditions.
The day began with a dramatic upset in the men’s MEN 180+ category with Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club (CCCC) edging out reigning champions, Manly Warringah Cycling Club (MWCC) for the gold.
The winning team consisted of Gerard Donnelly, Russel Newnham, Trevor Coulter were joined on the top step by David Williams.
The CCCC team had been targeting this event for some time, “Months and months of training together as a team, every Tuesday morning at 530am meeting up, it’s paid off big time.” said Russel Newnham. He added “We came and did a recon so we knew what to expect with the Gear Avenue hill, and used it to our advantage. We were really well prepared.”
David Williams added, “The key was working as a team and we really did that today.”
Women’s Team Time Trial
In the women’s club team event, St Kilda Cycling Club’s Meredith Clark, Robyn Baker, Kath Simpson and Kay Doige took out the gold in the women’s 150+ Club Team National Championship title.
In her third appearance on the top step, team captain, Meredith Clark was happy with the win. “It is really exciting, always great to race as a team. It means a lot to me to support my teammates.
When asked about the course she added “It was a hard course. We had to sort ourselves out a little over the first lap, but the second went really smoothly.”
First-year teammate, and somewhat new to riding, Kath Simpson was happy not only with the team’s win but her personal result, “It was amazing, my goal was to just finish, so not only have I finished, I am wearing a medal so it is fantastic.”
The team's attention will now turn to the Club Team Criterium, which plays host to the best Aussie crit riders from 12 noon tomorrow. Be sure to head down and check out all the action.
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