Australia’s second largest National Championships, the 2018 Simon Anderson Consultants Masters Road Nationals kicked off today in picturesque East Gippsland town of Metung (VIC) to determine the nation’s best Masters level riders.
In clear but blustery conditions more than 160 riders across 18 categories competed to claim Masters Road Nationals titles.
The Men’s M1 was won in a canter by Melbourne’s David Ross from the St Kilda Cycling Club setting the quickest time of the day, a stunning 19minutes 57seconds, beating his nearest opponent by 1 minute and 10 seconds.
South Perth Cycling Club’s Michelle McLintock won the Masters W1 title by a closer margin, 16 seconds over the next rider, Kristy Grubits of Central Seniors Cycling Club as her time of 24minutes and 48seconds was unable to be bettered.
Other results saw familiar faces atop the time sheets as perennial performer Peter Milostic (Penrith Cycling Club) who added to his 2017 title, again taking out the MM3 title in a very impressive 20minutes and 31seconds.
Similarly, Justine Barrow (Coburg Cycling Club) claimed successive MW2 crowns continuing from her 2017 victory as she crossed the line in 24minutes and 29seconds, however, the fastest time for the women’s Masters went to Simone Grounds.
Representing Dubbo Cycle Club, Simone smashed out the 16.5km course in 23minutes and 19seconds on her way to the MW3 title, 13seconds ahead of Jenny Pettenon (Hawthorn Cycling Club).
Following her win in the WM5, four-time winner Anna Davis spoke on how much the event meant to her and expectations for the remainder of the Masters.
“It’s always a thrill (to win), this is my fourth time trial win. Tomorrow is the road race and I’ll be trying my little heart out in my less favoured event (road race) but we’ll have to wait and see. It’s a tough course tomorrow”.
Likewise, MM9 champion John Horsburgh was delighted with his win even though signs of fatigue put doubts in his mind.
“It was quite a tough course, we got a side wind and I got knocked around. I had a bit of a moment 2 kilometres down the road, my legs started to lactate, I don’t know why but then a couple of kilometres later I came good on a downhill.”
Tomorrow the Masters heads to Swan Reach for two days of road racing before the Criteriums on Sunday afternoon.
Complete times and results can be found at the official website https://masters.roadnationals.org.au/ along with photos from the days event.
List of Champions
Men’s Masters 1
David ROSS (St Kilda Cycling Club) 19:57
Men’s Masters 2
James OGILVIE (Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club) 20:31.3
Men’s Masters 3
Peter MILOSTIC (Penrith Cycling Club) 20:31.5
Men’s Masters 4
Jeremy RYAN (Bathurst Cycling Club) 21:51
Men’s Masters 5
Andrew PATTON 21:17
Men’s Masters 6
Michael DAVIES (Norwood Cycling Club) 21:49
Men’s Masters 7
James TIMMER-ARENDS (Latrobe City Cycling Club) 23:00
Men’s Masters 8
Nicholas GRAINGER (Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club) 23:43
Men’s Masters 9
John HORSBURGH (Peloton Sports) 24:58
Men’s Masters 10
Peter JONES (Waratah Masters Cycle Club) 28:34
Women’s Masters 1
Michelle MCLINTOCK (South Perth Cycling Club) 24:48
Women’s Masters 2
Justine BARROW (Coburg Cycling Club) 24:29
Women’s Masters 3
Simone GROUNDS (Dubbo Cycle Club) 23:19
Women’s Masters 4
Katie BANERJEE (Harlequin) 25:28
Women’s Masters 5
Anna DAVIS (Coburg Cycling Club) 23:18
Women’s Masters 6
Angela MACRAE (Hawthorn Cycling Club) 26:52
Women’s Masters 7
Margaret NOONAN (Southern Masters Cycling Club) 27:44
Women’s Masters 8
Women’s Masters 9
Gaye LYNN (Sutherland Shire Cycling Club) 26:08