MIVA 20/40 40KM Time Trial


Peter McCaffery

August 23, 2013, Nanaimo River Road, BC (ISN) – Thursday evening, near perfect conditions greeted the participants yet again, with a good breeze blowing towards the turn and easing off when about half the riders were on their second lap of the out and back course.

Ten showed up for this final forty kilometre race of the season. Just one fifteen km and a series of hill climbs will round off the road season, and a series of cyclo-cross clinics from mid September to early October should prepare our members for the popular Cross on The Rock CX series.

Steed Cycles visitor, Justin Mark was fastest over the 40km distance with a short one hour and three minute ride, with HCTC rider Reagan Lovig about one and a half minutes behind. Several of the starters produced personal best rides including third placed Phil Birrer, Patrick Burnham on his fixie, Lorrie Baildham, and Mike Gill on his new Trek Madone.

The lone rider in the twenty kilometre event was eight year-old Ian Gillmore who also recorded a personal best with a fifty-two minute effort. Father Don, MIVA’s fast man also started but eased up before the end of the first lap, still suffering the after-effects of his crash three weeks ago. Hopefully, he’ll be feeling better next week when he is scheduled to conduct a turning clinic to help participants knock some time off their “race of truth” efforts.

Thanks to Glen and Jennifer Gordon who marshaled the far turn. Jennifer has ridden in a number of time trials and MIVA’s Monday rides this season on a heavy commuter bike and Glen is looking to buy her a decent road bike.

Results for the event can be found at: www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=11743