National champion jerseys awarded during Granfondo Australia

With a series of national championships run over the different categories and disciplines last week, the city of Ballarat (AUS) hosted a successful first event in the UCI Gran Fondo World Series this season.

The time trials on Wednesday were run on a local circuit that had to be done three times by the different participants for a total distance of 23.6km.

Grant Stubbs (M45-49) scored the fastest overall time in the men’s age groups to win his age category and the title. Grant rode the full distance in an average speed of 39.7 km/h, 21 seconds faster than Michael Gallagher (M40-44) and Darren Lever (M45-49).

Fastest female over all categories was Anna Davis (W55-59), a multiple and reigning World Champion in the discipline, beating a lot of her younger opponents. Anna rode the 23.6km in an average speed of 34.4 km/h on the undulating course. Second female overall was Erin Bertram (W35-39) while Kathryn Woolston rode the third fastest overall female time to win her W50-54 national title.

In the Granfondo on Saturday over 5 laps and 58km on the University course, the different age groups started with a 2 minute interval.

Tom Leaper (M45-49) rode the fastest time by winning the fastest age group, finishing solo and take the national jersey. Michael Gallagher rode the second fastest time to win his M40-44 age group in a sprint before Kym Lynch for the overall third fastest time.

The female age groups started together with their male colleagues of the same age. Eline Smit (W19-34) proved to be the fastest lady of the day while Kathryn Woolston was the overall second of all ladies winning her W50-54 age group. Miranda Griffiths, the new W40-44 champion rode the third time.

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