Garfoot grabs first green and gold jersey in time trial

Thu 7 Jan 2016

2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Katrin Garfoot has claimed her first national title, taking out the Mars Cycling Australia Time Trial Championship with a blistering ride in Buninyong today.

After finishing fourth, less than ten seconds off the gold medal, at the 2015 world championships, Garfoot entered the 29.3km race against the clock as one of the favourites and didn’t disappoint finishing in a time of 43minutes 16.37seconds.

Garfoot admitted nerves heading into the race, but was pleased to be able to tick off a major career goal.

“There was a lot of pressure, more than the world championship it felt like, and I gave it my all,” the 34-year-old said. “I was really suffering out there, I was dizzy over the line so it’s not that I didn’t fight. I fought.”

“It feels really good (to wear the green and gold jersey). It’s one more thing off the bucket list so it feels amazing.

“It feels good to know that on this day, you are the best in Australia. It might give me some confidence but it’s not an international field so we will have to keep fighting for selection for Olympics.”

After the completion of the 24-rider field, Garfoot was 46.1seconds quicker than her nearest rival in Shara Gillow (QLD). Tiffany Cromwell (SA) rounded up the podium one-minute 37.7seconds adrift.

Talking about her ride, Garfoot said she went out hard and had to dig deep in the final kilometres.

“I was nervous before the start and went out really hard so I had to pull myself back,” she said. “The radio wasn’t working properly so I actually thought I was down at the turnaround point so I really had to push on the uphill sections.”

“Even in the final four kilometres I was really pushing hard. I didn’t know my time until I crossed the line.”

The Mars Cycling Australia Road National Championships conclude with the road race on Sunday. 

Mars Cycling Australia Time Trial National Championships - Race Results:

1. Katrin Garfoot (QLD) 43:16.37
2. Shara Gillow (QLD) +46.1
3. Tiffany Cromwell (SA) +1:37.7