Merrick Takes Mid-Island Velo Time Trial

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(ISN) – Doug Merrick was the winner of the recent Mid Island Velo Time Trial held on the Duke Point Highway.

Sunday’s fifteen kilometer time trial on the Duke Point Highway was pretty hard as there was a strong easterly wind, low temperature and the last kilometer was mostly up the steepest incline on the course.

Among the starters were  Dave Steen and newcomer Sean Funk  who came from Thetis Island , MIVA committee members Janna Gillick and Doug Merrick, and Kim McCarley. Also present but not riding the event were Leigh Blaney and Ross Palfery, MIVA Secretary.

The top three finishers were surprisingly close, with Doug Merrick posting the best time of 26 minutes six seconds and Septuagenarian Dave Steen doing a great ride at just 21 seconds behind. If the old standard on age criteria had been used, he would have won by over 3 minutes!  Janna Gillick was third, and first woman, in just under 27 minutes.

Doug’s computer showed the course to be just over half a kilometer long at 15.53km. So the 15 km finish would have been near the bottom of the final hill and would have resulted in almost two minutes off the times.

The next time trial on The quiet Duke Point Highway will be on Sunday March 18th. , registration at 10.30am and start at 11.01am. The finish will be moved just over half a kilometer down the hill!

RESULTS

NAME

CLUB

TIME

1

Doug Merrick

MIVA/CVCC

26’06”

2

Dave Steen

BCMCA

26’27”

3

Janna Gillick

MIVA

26’59”

1W

4

Sean Funk

Ind.

31’53

5

Kim McCarley

MIVA

38’59”

2W

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