12 June 2011

State Champion! Today was the Oregon TT champs, and after winning the last two years I was not optimistic this year, after not going well in the local TT series and struggling to find my time trial legs. This is my fifth season racing in oregon; in 2007 I was new to racing here and so didn’t know what to expect – thus I was very happy to get second in the TT. In 2008 the time trial was my first race back after being out with mono for three months; so again I was very happy with second. For 2009 I was fit and prepared and really wanted to win; I did so by about a minute and a half with a new personal best time of 51:13 for 40km. Last year was a lot closer; tougher conditions meant slower times and I just scrapped the win by six seconds. Which brings us to this year and despite getting beaten in the races in May, I went away and trained to prepare for today and managed to get the form to come good at the right time. I felt on top of the gear the whole ride, and was level with my main opposition at the halfway turn. I was able to open up some more on the way back and finished in a new personal best of 51:08 to take the win by 32 seconds. Third in the road race and first in the TT, pretty pleased with that for my first two season goals.

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