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Vink smashes long standing time trial record
Mar 18th, 10, Michael Vink obliterated Brian Fowler's 16 year old record for the Christchurch Old Tai Tapu Road Time Trial on Tuesday night - he beat it by 42 seconds!
The Christchurch Time Trial Association (CTTA), part of Pegasus Cycling Inc, has been running time trials on the Old Tai Tapu Road 16 km course since the late 1980s - time trials are run every Tuesday evening during the day-light savings period.
Until this week the record for the course was held by Commonwealth Games gold and silver medallist Brian Fowler. In 1994, Fowler clocked an impressive 20m24s.
On Tuesday night 18 year old Vink completed the course in 19m42s, beating the record by an incredible 42 seconds!!!
"Brian Fowler's 1994 record has been a bit of a holy grail for many of Christchurch's best time trialists, but no one has come close in recent years," CTTA President David Norton told RoadCycling.co.nz.
"Michael gave it a good nudge just before Club Road Nationals at the end of 2009 when he clocked 20m49s, but many thought the record wouldn't fall because road conditions are considered worse now than in the 1990s."
Vink's age places him in the Intermediate category (16-19) for this competition, therefore Fowler retains his record for the Senior category (20-34), but Vink now holds the course record.
"Watching Michael come across the finish line on Tuesday evening was awesome – he must have been doing close to 60km/h and was flying," Norton said.
The old Intermediate record was 20m40s set by Hayden Godfrey back in 1998.
"I tried a few times to get the course record but only got to within a few seconds of it," Godfrey said this morning.
"Also when Brian set the record the pave was way smoother and faster but now it has a very course chip and is much slower, which makes Michael's time even more remarkable," Godfrey said about his Subway Avanti teammate.
This is the second great time trial success for Vink this year. In January he smashed the U23 field in the 40km time trial at the Raboplus Nationals, beating his closest rival by 40sec. He also broke the U23 time trial record and had the second fastest time all day, with Gordon McCauley the only Elite rider to post a better time.
Vink hasn't yet received his NZ Champion/Subway Avanti branded skinsuit - just imagine how fast he'll go with the silver fern across his back!
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