Great news for the Jaime Nielsen fans. The beautiful Olympic track cyclist has won on women time trial at Christchurch road cycling.
The 28 year old rider finished the long 25 km racing course within 34 minutes and 28 seconds- being 28 seconds ahead of five time world champion Linda Villumsen.
It’s the 1st national road-riding tile for the Hamilton cyclist who was the runner-up in the Christchurch road racing for 3 years in a row. Jaime was 5 sec up on Linda at time-check on return but couldn’t believe it till her support team informed her.
“I felt they were kind of attempting to squeeze the tad bit extra from me”, said Nielsen.
Villumsen was deeply discontent with her Christchurch performance. The erstwhile world champion remarked that she was feeling off the game all through the race.
The men time trial at Christchurch, too, was full of surprise. The Christchurch road racing saw a young 22-year-old Taylor Gunman beating 2012 Oceania champ Sam Horgan. After Jo Cooper, the defending champion was ruled out with 3-time under-23 champ Michael Vink, due to injury & illness respectively, Horgan came up as pre-race favorite.
Interestingly he & Gunman showed identical timing during the middle part of the forty kilometer racing course – however, it was the Aucklander Gunman who proved to be stronger beating the Cantabrian Horgan by twelve seconds. The 22-year-old men time trial winner took 50 minutes & 42 seconds to complete the race.
Gunman was motivated by Cooper in the support car. “I simply wished to show what I an able to do. It was just like an inspiration when you have him in car”, said Gunman after winning the title.
In regards to under-23 men time trial, the title went to Fraser Gough.