STREAMLINE: Yamba’s Aaron Watts (front) was part of the Gold Coast-based team that finished runner up in the Mauri Kautto Memorial 100km Teams Time Trial in a time of 2 hours 19 minutes and 19 seconds. PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK
STREAMLINE: Yamba’s Aaron Watts (front) was part of the Gold Coast-based team that finished runner up in the Mauri Kautto Memorial 100km Teams Time Trial in a time of 2 hours 19 minutes and 19 seconds. PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK

Clean sweep in time trials in Maurie Kautto

THE BEST gear and perfect conditions were not enough to secure the winning team a race record in the Mauri Kautto Memorial 100km Teams Time Trial.

The five riders in the 100km team from Moreton Bay set a cracking pace on Sunday to win in 2:16.46, but it was still more than seven minutes outside the race record of 2:09.02 set in 2012.

Grafton Cycle Club publicity officer Peter Hughes said the team had come well equipped for an assault on the record.

"They had a crack team, time trial bikes and helmets, they were pretty focused on it," he said.

The Moreton Bay team did not have it all their own way with all the first four teams finishing inside the benchmark 2hours 30minute.

Yamba rider Aaron Watts was in the Gold Coast team that was runner up in a time of 2:19:19.

The Grafton 5 team was the best performed of the five Grafton Cycle Club teams, finishing in 2:29:20.5.

The Moreton Bay Masters completed a clean sweep of the time trials, taking out the 52km event in 1:15:21.1.

Grafton team Fifty And Flying came in second in 1:22:59.3 and Hughes's team, Bom Bom, finished third in 1:27:21.1.

Grafton Cycle Club president John Harrison said the 100km teams time trial was a rare style of racing in Australia.

"It's the type of racing we've been seeing recently in the Giro d' Italia in Europe," he said.

"But it seems to be gaining popularity here with the numbers up for this year's Mauri Kautto."

The club's plan to stage the Yamba Criterium yesterday to complete a weekend of cycling also contributed to the increase in numbers.

"We also had the Grafton Mountain Bike Club hold its three-hour race on Saturday," he said.

"I know a number of riders competed in all three events on the weekend."



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