Mar 3, 2016 – Australian time trial champion Katrin Garfoot has successfully defended her Oceania Championship in Bendigo, Victoria today.
Debuting her 2016 green and gold national kit having won the Austalian championship in Ballarat in January, Garfoot (41:49.6) won in convincing fashion on the 30km course, finishing two minutes 43.2 seconds faster than her nearest competitor in Bridie O’Donnell. Kate Perry rounded up the podium to give Australia a clean sweep.
“After Qatar I had a bit of a hole and my legs weren’t feeling too good,” Garfoot said. “They didn’t feel good in the recon yesterday with the heat or this morning but then after the warmup I felt the legs actually weren’t too bad.”
“I wanted to trial pacing myself a bit better which I did until I saw Bridie just before the u-turn. Then I went too hard to overtake her and that meant I struggled a bit on the way back but overall it was a good ride.
“The course was lumpier than I thought it would be and the wind was tricky because you didn’t know if it was head wind or tail wind on some sections so you had to go by feel out there.”
In an Olympic year, the result is another positive step forward to team selection and as one of few time trial opportunities throughout the season it was an important race for the 34-year-old.
“There is only one more time trial so that was the one chance to try something new or different,” Garfoot explained. “It was very important for me to stay to do it and obviously the points for Australia were also important.”
Garfoot will return to line up alongside 2016 ORICA-AIS recruit Loren Rowney in the Oceania Championship elite women’s road race on Saturday before the pair join their fellow teammates in Europe.