NO DRAFTING, no advantages, just legs pumping and hearts pounding.
Oh, and the thrill of beating your personal best.
The Ballina Masters Cycling Club held its first full Individual Time Trial (ITT) for the year with the initial Race of Truth for 2107
Unlike prestigious events such as Le Tour de France or Giro d'Italia, an ITT is not about who is the fastest rider, rather it is more about athletes cycling against themselves, to match or better their handicap.
Nine riders lined up in glorious sunshine and a light NNE breeze for the ITT which is always a true test of the riders form.
In no particular orders, riders started at 30 second intervals with David Cowdrey off first, followed by new member and first time competitor at with the Club, Bernard Thomas, then Paul O'Kelly, Andrew Downey, Richard Brown, Bruce Quinn, Gavin Rose (the only competitor to turn up with both a TT bike and a Lazer Wasp aero helmet), Garry Whitfield and last off the mark, Brendan Lowrey.
Lowrey charged through the field on the way to the turn, the only rider to effect the order of the riders on the road to Wardell.
The light tailwind on the outward leg had no real effect on the field, but it was hard going said once the riders turned back towards the finish line.
Riding into the breeze saw riders swapping places and Quinn made a valiant effort, overtaking two of the riders in front of him, only to have them both retake their spots and hold them to the finish.
The results were calculated by comparing the riders actual ride time to their handicap time and the final standings go to the riders closest to their respective handicaps.
1st place - Gavin Rose, ride time 38:33, Handicap 38.30, +0:03
2nd place - Paul O'Kelly, ride time 39:11, Handicap 39:00, +0:11
3rd place - Brendan Lowrey, ride time 33:46, Handicap 33:30, +0:16
The BMCC thanks officials, Jack Ransom, Kevin Durkin, Ian Gailer, Carole Sharrock, Alan Paull and Bill Richardson.