Garfoot 11th in women's ITT world championshipsTue 23 Sep 2014
ORICA-AIS rider and Australia’s lone entrant in the women's individual time trial event at the 2014 UCI Road Cycling World Championships Katrin Garfoot finished eleventh after posting a time of 40mins 11.52secs.
She was just over one minute behind Lisa Brennauer (Germany) who added to her Specialized-Lululemon team’s time trial victory.
Martina Sablikova (CZE) set the early real benchmark of the day in 40mins 13.78secs, with riders moving in and out of the hot seat before Mieke Kroeger (GER) posted 39mins 26.45secs.
The 44th of 49 riders to hit the course, Garfoot went out hard, recording the seventh fastest time of 15mins 12.47secs through the first time check, just 13 seconds slower than the fastest time Ganna Solovey (UKR).
Over the second sector Garfoot slowed to be thirteenth, 50 seconds behind Solovey, before finishing slightly stronger to cross the line in the six fastest time of 40mins 11.52secs.
As the remaining riders finished, Garfoot’s time was good for eleventh place overall, 1min 23secs slower than the winning time of Brennauer (38:48.16). Solovey (39:06.84) took silver and Evelyn Stevens (USA) the bronze in 39mins 09.41secs.
“The plan was to go out hard, which I don’t normally do, and I struggled after half way, but it was a new experience and at least I gave it everything,” said the German-born Garfoot who won time trial bronze on her national team debut at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games last month.
“Yes, there were nerves for me at my first Championships, as it is a big event and there were lot of people out there.
“Not knowing what to expect, not having as much experience still, I will certainly learn from this.
“I will be storing some ideas away from this ahead of next season,” Garfoot said.
A late-comer to the sport of cycling, the 32-year-old Garfoot won the Oceania Road Championships and overall honours in the Subaru National Road Series in her first season of racing in 2013.
She was then awarded a spot on the 2014 JAYCO-AIS Women’s Endurance Squad before signing with professional outfit Orica-AIS in June.
With thanks to Cycling Australia.