|32||11||Hayden Long||Para M||1||0:12:07.4||14.4||PB|
|33||20||Paul van der Walt||>55M||2||0:12:19.9||14.1|
|39||25||Wanda Jansen Van Vuuren||F||2||0:13:23.3||13.0|
|49||8||Richard Williams||Para M||2||0:19:58.1||8.7|
|50||4||Daniel Sonnabend||Para M||3||0:22:43.7||7.7|
|51||1||Neil McDougall||Para M||4||0:29:05.9||6.0|
Early finisher, Hayden (in his National para- ITT Champion colours), led the para-group home and maintained his position after the MCF factors, that we used today for the group, were applied. The hand-cycle mob were attempting a hillclimb for the first time and impressed mightily. Sabine Bird was the first woman to sprint across the finish and held onto her position until quite late in session when she was displaced by Rachael Wales. Sabine, though, held onto her second place with Deb Kempe slotting into third, a gnat's whatsit ahead of Wanda. So the overall women's podium was occupied by one representative from each of the three women's categories: Open, young Masters and older Masters.
Rachael's success could have been some of the motivation for Oli's performance at the pointy end of the field and then, his 35sec PB certainly helped to keep at bay the bloke who took the honours two years ago, Jonathan Lewis. It was a pity we didn't have many junior category riders—they usually perform well at these events and the two U15s and single U19 who rode did just that. But there weren't enough of them for a medal category.
We needed only a small team today to look after this event: David Equid was there early, so was Sue Challen and they set up the course; Jo Blacker managed the desk, Lorraine the start and Gregor McNab, the roundabout just after the start. Steve Oates had brought the Esky but a mob left early to ride to the Oz-day crit; a few stayed around to collect medals. Well done everyone who zipped up the hill! We'll be back…