STOP the CLOCK – Time Trial, 21 Km – Sun 1st September


21 Km Time Trial
at Learmonth

Sunday 1st September 2019

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Training event ONLY

$5 entry fee is donated to MND Victoria


Circuit map:
Stop The Clock circuit map


MND RIDE – 600 Km in 24 HOURS




Arriving at Europa Cafe before 8 AM on Sunday 1st September, Tavis Baker and Peter Kiel completed their epic 600 kilometre ride inside the target time of 24 hours.  The wonderful effort for their mate Rob Pitman, was made all that more epic due to the windy weather conditions the pair battled all day long.
Thank you to everyone who joined in with Tavis and Peter on their ride, or dropped past to cheer them on.
We also thank everyone who attended the fundraiser breakfast at St. Patricks College a few weeks earlier.  Everyone’s contributions help in the fight against MND!


Whilst Pete and Tavis gingerly dismounted and headed inside Europa Cafe, the participants in the STOP the CLOCK Time Trial were warming up at Learmonth for their short effort.  Seventeen riders signed on in cool and overcast conditions.  The wind died down and a light shower swept the course during the event.



Dayne Pearce started off affairs just a few minutes after 9 AM.  Dayne was the only rider who completed the course whilst the tarmac remained dry!
Shelley Bennett headed out on her brand new Trek – something the bike will need to get used to now that spring has arrived.
James Knipe is on the long road to recovery, yet fronted for the opportunity to contort himself into something resembling an aerodynamic shape.
Roger McMillan was focussed pre-ride.  He has the Veteran Time Trial Championships in his sights next weekend.
Jakkii Dawson was somewhere under four layers of clothing.  We could see her smile, but nothing else.
Don Steward had made the long trip from Bairnsdale to participate in the training ride – that is an effort in itself!  He will also be competing at Balliang next Sunday in the Veteran TT Championship.

Matt Ayres looked the business at the start line and out on course his bike sounded fast.
Shaun Martin was all smiles before the event, hamming it up for the photographer and generally trying not to freeze as he awaited his start time.
Greg Ley arrived in plenty of time to ride out to the start.  No warm up required – let’s get this party started!
Stu Brien made a late decision to enter.  He is concerned that he may start to enjoy Time Trials… then he’ll have to buy a TT bike…
Matt Bowman had donned an orange hi-vis vest to keep himself warm before the start.  Skin suits offer little thermal protection!  On course, Matt showed positive signs.
The last of the Eureka riders – Craig Lee – warmed up like a pro outside the club rooms.  Spinning away on his stationary trainer and head bopping to Vivaldi…



We hosted a number of visitors as well!
Gemma Abery is now a local, having made the move to country Victoria in search of better cycling roads.  What better place than Ballarat?  We will try to lure Gemma over to vets racing in good time!
Brian Smith rocked up in his Ford Mustang – popped the boot and pulled out his TT bike.  Cyclists are cool!

Max McCallion is in the Junior 17 ranks, yet rode like a more mature rider.  Keep an eye out for his name in the future.
Max’s dad – Grant – accompanied Barry Bailey out on course.  The pair rode a tandem bike as Barry prepares for the Paracycling events next weekend which Eureka and Ballarat Sebastopol are co-hosting at Burrumbeet.

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The star rider on the day was Aaron Christiansen (member of both Northern Cycling and Preston CC).  Fresh from winning the Individual Male Aggregate at the Tour de Metro (Northern Cycling V Eastern Cycling), Aaron was keen for a Time Trial hit out ahead of the Cycling Victoria Road Championships at Burrumbeet next weekend.

Thank you to everyone who made this training event possible:
Event permits – Terry Collie
Timing – John Faulkner
Start line / Tail Car / kitchen – Bill Goldfinch
Marshals – Greg Curnow, Marika Ley, Mal Rock and Brian Lee

Our volunteer’s efforts were much appreciated by the participants, many of whom are targeting TIME TRIAL State Championship glory next weekend:
Saturday 7th Sept. at Burrumbeet Cycling Victoria, Victorian TT Championships
Sunday 8th Sept. at Balliang VETERAN Cycling Victoria, State TT Championships

Thank you to everyone who made a donation – participants and friends of cycling – we raised $300 which will be handed over to ROB’s TEAM and their amazing fundraising effort for MND Victoria.

9AM, 8 deg. C (feels like 0.4 deg. C), north wind 33 Kph
Timing, 21 Km:
29:12.824, ave. 43.130 Kph – Aaron CHRISTIANSEN
29:57.946, ave. 42.048 Kph – Dayne PEARCE
31:04.830, ave. 40.540 Kph – Matt BOWMAN
31:07.564, ave. 40.481 Kph – Craig LEE
33:49.795, ave. 37.245 Kph – Stuart BRIEN
34:21.183, ave. 36.678 Kph – Max McCALLION
34:28.082, ave. 36.556 Kph – Matt AYRES
35:10.892, ave. 35.814 Kph – Greg LEY
35:25.009, ave. 35.576 Kph – Brian SMITH
37:01.023, ave. 34.038 Kph – Shaun MARTIN
38:38.042, ave. 32.614 Kph – Donald STEWARD
40:02.027, ave. 31.473 Kph – Roger McMILLAN
40:10.075, ave. 31.368 Kph – Jakkii DAWSON
40:52.406, ave. 30.827 Kph – Barry BAILEY/Grant McCALLION
40:53.001, ave. 30.819 Kph – Gemma ABERY
42:19.698, ave. 29.767 Kph – James KNIPE
45:32.598, ave. 27.666 Kph – Shelley BENNETT


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