Ellen Skerritt & Patrick Bevin Fastest Against The Clock In Canberra

New Zealand?s Commonwealth Games track star Patrick Bevin (Health.com.au/Search2Retain) has upstaged fellow countryman and time trial specialist Joe Cooper (Avanti Racing) on the opening stage of the Vie13 National Capital Tour. In stage one?s 17km individual time trial at the National Museum of Australia, Bevin posted a blistering time of 21 minutes, 34:87 seconds, averaging a whopping 48.4 kilometres per hour. ?I knew I had some good form and it was a type of race that would suit me, so I did have a circle around today to test where I was at,? said Bevin. ?I know Joe and he?s a very good time triallier, so to put some time into him just shows I was on a good ride. ?I went out on a good pace and backed myself to go the distance.? Having won every Subaru NRS individual time trial in 2014, Cooper sat in the hot seat for most of the day only to be pipped by just 15 seconds to Bevin. Canberra?s Mitchell Lovelock-Fay (Avanti) rounded out the podium in 22 minutes, 07.86 seconds, 33 seconds off the pace. ?I?ve been in this position before, leading a Tour early on and it?s not an enviable task so we?ve got our work cut out,? explained Bevin. ?We?ve been out and seen the climb tomorrow, it?s a tough climb but it?s also not steep the whole way up. The onus will be?on all of us to protect the jersey but [the other teams] are going to have to come and take the lead from us if they want it.? The Tour continues on Saturday with a 119 kilometre road race to Honeysuckle camping ground in the Namadgi National Park which features a grueling 11 kilometre climb.   Women’s report? 19-year-old Ellen Skerritt (Holden Women?s Cycling) has blitzed stage one of the women?s Vie13 National Capital Tour. Fresh from her victory at Amy?s Otway Classic in Lorne last weekend, Skerritt took out the individual time trial at the National Museum of Australia in a ferocious time of 24 minutes, 38.87 seconds. ?I?m so surprised, I have been doing a little bit of time trial training and I knew this course did suit me, so I?m pretty happy with today?s result,? said Skerritt. ?I thought I went out too hard, but I think that was the nature of the course and you kind of had to because there was a tail wind going out.? Skerritt was the fifth rider to set off on her 17-kilometre journey against the clock, and spent the rest of the morning in the hot seat. National time trial medallist Bridie O?Donnell (Total Rush) was closest to Skerritt in 24 minutes, 48:85 seconds, just 10 seconds behind the Queenslander. ?I caught two riders, so it was good to have riders out in front to chase because it gives you motivation to go that little bit faster. ?Last year I actually got lost, I rode an extra 2km before I found where to go, so yesterday we did a course recon and that was definitely a big advantage,? said Skerritt who missed the start of the season due to illness. Canberra?s Allison Rice (Suzuki Brumby?s) rounded out the podium, 35 seconds off the pace. ?I?m really happy, it?s nice to get on the podium,? said Rice. ?I know the organisers personally so it?s nice to be able to reward their hard work with a result and to have my family and friends here is great.? Stage two will see riders tackle a 119 kilometre road race from The National Museum to Honeysuckle camping ground in Tharwa. Images copyright Fred Marzano

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