Garfoot dominates Australian time trial championship

Thu 5 Jan 2017

2016 world championship bronze medallist Katrin Garfoot has claimed ORICA-SCOTT’s third elite gold medal of the Australian Championships with a convincing victory in her pet event, the time trial, in Buninyong today.

Garfoot hit the 14km checkpoint having already gained almost 40seconds advantage on her nearest opponent Shara Gillow.  By the conclusion of the 29.3km up and back course, she had extended her lead to almost two minutes.

The 35-year-old’s winning time was 43:05 with an average speed of 40.8km/h. Gillow (45:00) held on the second, with Kate Perry (46:19) rounding out the podium.

“The pressure was on,” Garfoot said. “Even though I try not to let it get to me, I was nervous and wondering if I could do it again because you never know where the others are at, at this stage of the year.”

“Obviously there is always something to improve but at this stage I wouldn’t know what to improve because it just came all together. 

“I pushed harder out than I wanted to on the way out and I knew I would pay for that on the way back. But as soon as I saw Shara and I knew I would catch her, I settled down a bit, reeled her in and I knew that mentally that would give me an advantage.”

In a double victory for ORICA-SCOTT, teammate Alex Manly also claimed the under 23 time trial championship, finishing in a time of 48:39 ahead of Jaime Gunning (48:44) and Ella Scanlan-Bloor (48:54).

Manly, who has identified the time trial event as a future target, was unsure of her form following a track racing focus, but was pleasantly surprised with the result.

“I’m really happy with the race,” Manly said.  “Going into it I wasn’t sure how I was going on the road and was feeling unsure of what I’d got myself into, but I’m really happy it worked out in the end.” 

“Going out I had a handle on it (with the tail wind) and I wasn’t thinking too much about it, just one hill at a time. Coming back (with the head wind) it really hurt and I think I struggled a bit mentally there.”

The Australian Championships continue with the final event, the road race on Sunday.