Thompson rides a PB and takes out time trial

SCOTT Thompson won the Optus Nowra Velo Club’s individual time trial championship on Sunday with his best ever time of 19 minutes, 39.15 seconds.

Thompson finished second in this event in 2013 but was able to clip another six seconds off his time in that event.

Damian Mason demonstrated his consistency by finishing second in 20 minutes and 10.15 seconds, while Levi Johns showed his ongoing improvement with 20 minutes and 13.77 seconds for the third position.

The overcast conditions with little wind made it possible for many riders to post personal best times. 

Mark Astley improved by over a minute from last year’s championship to win the B grade section of the event in 21 minutes and 44.28 seconds, while Andrew Lowe shaved almost one and a half minutes off his previous best to be second placed B grade rider. 

Lowe raced over the course in 22 minutes and 7.75 seconds to edge Henry Wakeford out by three hundredths of a second.

Seventeen-year-old Gus Frank covered the 14 kilometres in 22 minutes and 10.83 seconds to show great potential for the coming events through 2014.

Phil Rice rode for 22 minutes and 30.86 seconds to improve on a personal best of three weeks ago by 42 seconds. 

Lawrence Schinella also improved by 42 seconds, while Mel Kilby finished in this PB sandwich in the time of 22 minutes and 48.77 seconds.

Rice was the C grade winner, while Lawry Byrne won D grade in 24 minutes and 38.03 seconds with Dave Gray and Chris Rowe the placegetters.

This event was a counter for the 2014 Watts Factory ITT series and both Thompson and Rice should move to an equal lead in this points score.

There will be no local racing for the Nowra Velo Club next weekend as riders head off to Breadalbane for the Southern Division Road Championships.

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