Shara Gillow Time Trials to Third at Chrono Champenois

Sun 15 Sep 2013

Fourth time was the charm for Shara Gillow at Chrono Champenois. The Australian National Time Trial Champion had long sought a place on the podium at the French one day race. After three attempts (2009-2011), Gillow accomplished her objective. She was third fastest on Sunday behind Specialized lululemon teammates Ellen Van Dijk and Carmen Small.

“The first year I raced over here in Europe, I raced this time trial,” said Gillow. “I’ve raced it ever year since except for last year. This is the first time I’ve reached the podium. It’s my eighth podium of the season and my fifth in the individual time trial. I’ve been pretty consistent this year.”

Gillow was recently named as the only starter for Australian women in the time trial at the Road World Championships that begin in one week. She considered the Chrono Champenois an important part of her preparation in her quest for a medal.

“It’s great training before Worlds,” said Gillow by way of explaining the reason she included the time trial on her race schedule. “I think it’s important to take every opportunity I can to race a time trial. The more I race, the more opportunity I have to correct my mistakes. There are still so many things I can improve. I look at my effort today, and I see a lot of areas where I hope to make minor adjustments before Worlds.”

Gillow stopped the clock at 45’56 after she sped around the 33km course. Her time was 2’07 slower than Van Dijk, who won the race, and 22” slower than Small.

“The time trial is held on wide open farm roads,” said Gillow “It’s exposed almost the entire time. The roads are mostly flat with some undulations at the back. It’s a solid day.”

“I’m a bit disappointed with the time I posted,” Gillow added. “I wasn’t expecting the gap to Ellen to be so big, but I took time off the bike Monday-Thursday so maybe it isn’t such a surprise. It was good to get the legs and lungs going again. I’m ready to do final preparations before Worlds with the team in Italy.”