Guernsey this year hosted the cycling inter insular time trial on Sunday morning in heavy rain and strong south westerly winds.
The event was held over Guernsey’s 25 mile time trial course which starts at the top of the Island and takes in the fast descent of L’eree hill before embarking on a lap and three quarters of the west coast between the Houmet and Lihou triangle. The race tests the individual rider against the clock and in turn tests both physical and mental strength. Riders enjoyed a strong tail wind on the two north legs of the course but then obviously had to suffer the soul destroying strong head wind on the return legs. The course is fairly straight, however some of the technical corners had to be well negotiated in the wet conditions and unfortunately this did see a couple of wheels slipping away from riders.
Guernsey riders took all the titles on offer executing excellent rides in difficult conditions, Aaron Bailey taking the Men’s and Karina Bowie the Ladies title.
Aaron Bailey’s winning effort was in a time of 55 minutes 40 seconds, Matt Osborn finished i 2nd in 56.16 and the all Guernsey men’s podium was rounded off with Anthony Bleasdale in 3rd in a time of 56.41.
Karina Bowie took the Ladies title with a time of 1.02.55, with Jersey riders Kim Ashton in 2nd and Laura Chellingworth in 3rd with times of 1.04.26 and 1.04.59 respectively.
Jack English was first male Junior in a time of 57.46 and Sophie Dorey was first female junior in 1.05.32.