Sunday’s duathlon was very competitive, as everyone wanted to make a point at the first ‘race’ of the year – bragging rights were up for grabs!
Waether conditions were pretty good, although there was a strong headwind on the first and last sections of the bike.
Richard Agan took an immediate lead at the start, and looked strong. Paul Jones & Steve Carragher worked together to ensure the gap wasn’t too great, and were about 25 seconds behind coming into T1. On the bike, the gap quickly narrowed, as Richard seemed unable to apply his winter bike strength to time-trialling. Steve & Paul had the advantage of riding aero TT machines, and were able to first claw back Richard, then put time into him.
Into T2, Paul had nearly a minute lead over Steve, with Richard another 20s back. However, there are no guarantees with duathlon and Richard set about the run on a mission. Quickly into second place, the lead narrowed but ultimately the run leg wasn’t long enough and Paul held on to a 11 second margin before collapsing at the finish line (who said racing was easy!).
In the ladies race, Karen Haldane had two steady runs and a strong bike to take a comfortable win, clocking a fast sub-60 minute time in the process. Ami Cook came through in second place, 3 minutes back.
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