Over 400 competitors from around the world raced against the clock at the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships - Time Trial on Rottnest Island on Thursday, with Australian cycling legend Danny Clark OAM adding another world title to his palmares.
Clark, a five-time track world champion, caught six riders out on course and powered home to take out the men’s 65+ age group in 27mins 14.4secs, 1mins 20secs faster than fellow Aussie Nick Grainger (28:34.4). Germany’s Robin Schumann (28:34.6) was third.
“It feels great, I’ve trained quite hard for this for three months. I’ve been racing Masters races ever since I finished my professional career, and when Perth got the World Championships I thought I might as well have a go while it’s in Australia,” said Tasmania’s Clark.
Despite catching six riders out on course, Clark was surprised to hear he was a new world champion.
“Ten days ago I got the flu and I got really sick, so I am surprised I won it and by that margin. I gave it my all though, there are a lot of people who helped me get here and I just gave it the best I could.”
In the women’s 35+ age group, Sweden’s Cecilia Hansen (28:23.2) covered the 19.4km course in a blistering 41kms per hour, riding into the rainbow jersey ahead of New Zealand’s Sarah Morrison (28:59.5) and America’s Stephanie Smith (29:03.4).
Other results saw Slovenia’s Igor Kopse (men’s 40+) take his career World Championship gold medal haul to six, Holland’s Marti Valks
(women’s 60+) notched up a tenth World Champion medal and Germany’s Christian Mueller (men’s 19+) added a time trial title to his 2015 road race crown.
A full list of results can be found at http://timedresult.com/2016-gran-fondo-world-championships-itt-results
The event is the culmination of 15 UCI Gran Fondo World Series events held around the world, with 25% of riders in each age group qualifying for the championships.
The championships are being held in Australia for the first time, with cyclists aged between 19 and 77 years of age set to battle for the coveted rainbow world champion jersey across the time trial and road race disciplines.
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