Nowra Velo Club: Tristan Ward wins individual time trial championship

Personal best: Tristan Ward races in the Nowra Velo Club's individual time trials championships. Picture: SUPPLIED

Personal best: Tristan Ward races in the Nowra Velo Club's individual time trials championships. Picture: SUPPLIED

Tristan Ward returned to his base to win the Nowra   Velo Club’s individual time trial championship on Sunday.

Ward has been racing throughout NSW in road and mountain bike events including the NRS Grafton to Inverell and the four day Port to Port dirt road race.

Ward raced to a personal best time of 19 minutes 17.48 seconds for the 14 kilometres while second placed Levi Johns also recorded a personal best in 19 minutes 39.93 seconds.

The older master of time trials, Mark Fenner raced into third position despite a less than perfect preparation over the past two months.

Fenner posted a time of 20 minutes 47.98 seconds.

Many of the young riders have the desire to beat Fenner in a time trail and both Ward and Johns achieved that in this race.

Steve Crossman finished fourth (21:22.08) ahead of Aaron Coghlan (21:22.76) by a whisker with an injured Mark Astley in sixth position.

Astley had crashed in the Illawarra interclub road race at Albion Park the previous day but was fortunate to not sustain any serious damage.

Troy Whittington crossed the line with the seventh best time to be the winner of the B grade championships.

Like Crossman, Troy is an active triathlete and in this race he beat the local B grade strong man, Phil Rice by less than one and a half seconds.

Whittington set a time of 22 minutes 23.09 seconds with Rice stopping the watch in 22 minutes 24.41    seconds.

Nick Johns was a close third in B grade in 22 minutes 31.29 seconds.

Brendon Miller set the best C grade time of 23 minutes 43.19 seconds with Ian Kielly (23:59.04) and Frank Neri (24:23.80) the next best in the grade.

C grade provided close times with Michael Berriman (24:26.28), Rob Pickard (24:26.40), Tony Kuipers (24:48.70).

Mark Bagnall (25:31.38) was the best of D grade ahead of Jo Chalain (26:17.25) and John Cullity (28:00.05).

The Optus Series continues with round seven next Sunday with graded criteriums on the Albatross Aviation Tech Park circuit.

Racing starts at 8.30 am with the BaiMed Physio team supplying the officials for the program.

Full results and times are available on the website at www.nowravelo.com.au

Access Storage goes into this round of the series as a clear team leader while Richard Vitiello has a narrow one point lead in the individual classification.

The Optus Series continues with round seven next Sunday with graded criteriums on the Albatross Aviation Tech Park circuit from 8.30am.