Miller battles winds to claim Australian Masters Cycling time trial

By Pat Nolan
Updated November 2 2012 - 6:49am, first published October 5 2011 - 10:59pm
ECSTATIC: Hawthorn Cycling Club’s Shane Miller with his gold medal from yesterday’s Australian Road Masters Championship time trial. Picture: Adam Trafford

SHANE Miller says his victory in the 2011 Australian Road Masters Championship time trial yesterday may not have been as spectacular as last year, but was just as rewarding.Miller claimed his third consecutive category 1 national time trial yesterday, having won the event last year when it was first held in Ballarat and previously in Canberra in 2009.He won the event last year after spending four months on the sidelines with a broken pelvis and collarbone.He completed the 18.6 kilometre circuit in a touch over 23 minutes and 26 seconds, more than one minute ahead of second placed Benjamin Johnson.Not only did he win his division, but Miller also recorded the fastest time overall.He averaged a speed of 47.6 km/h along the Ballarat-Burrumbeet Road course.Miller said he was ecstatic to claim yesterday’s event, as it was his main focus of the year.“It was actually my 30th time trial of the year but it was the most important one to me,” he said.“I chase these (time trials) everywhere but this is the one I focus on the most.“Getting the fastest time of the day was a bonus. It’s a bit of an unspoken challenge because you don’t want to win and have someone else beat you from another category.”The Hawthorn Cycling Club member said he had put special preparation into yesterday’s event, having recently ridden with the Ballarat-Sebastopol Cycling Club along yesterday’s course.“A lot of the guys just fly in from interstate and ride it once without knowing the winds, so I think it was a big advantage for me having ridden it before,” he said.“It really hurt though, the wind was a little different to last year which made it harder.”With family living in town and having studied at University of Ballarat, Miller said Ballarat felt like an adopted home town for him.“It’s a great event to race in and the organisers pull it all together well,” he said.He will leave today for Adelaide where he will compete in the XVIII Australian Masters Games.At 33 years of age, he has one final year competing in the top ranked division.“I get to have one final crack at it and if it is held here again next year it is back to training tomorrow,” Miller said.The Ballarat-Sebastopol Cycling Club had just three competitors in action yesterday.Gerard Cosgrave finished 16th in the masters 5 division, Grant Gilbert came 9th in the master 4 and Michael Pierce 8th in masters 3.Five members from the Ballarat club will be in action in today’s Criterium at Victoria Park.

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