UK National 10, World Championship Time Trial and Road Race Australia Report
Thursday, 15 September, 2016
Guernsey riders Paul Jackson, Andrea Nightingale and Karina Bowie have recently had a busy few weeks of racing both in the UK and in Australia.
After qualifying for the World Championships by finishing in the top few places at the Tour of Cambridgeshire in June, Paul Jackson, Karina Bowie and Andrea Nightingale represented Great Britain in their respective age groups at the World Championship Time Trial held in Rottnest Island, Perth, Australia. The 19.4km Time Trial was held on the stunning Island, Jackson said, “The course itself was not only technical but also undulating making it more the difficult to sustain any kind of rhythm, it was a great event to ride in and made all the more special by getting the chance to wear the red, white and blue colours of Great Britain”. All Guernsey riders placed well in their categories, with Paul Jackson, completing the course in 27 minutes 29 seconds, 10th in his category, Karina Bowie in 30 minutes 35 seconds, 5th in her category and Andrea Nightingale in 32 minutes exactly, finishing 4th in her category.
Karina Bowie also competed in the World Championship Road Race held back on mainland Australia two days after the time trial. Over 200 women lined up at the start and faced a tough course of 117 km which started at the heart of the Perth and was a good test of endurance, climbing and descending.
The first 40km of the course was run entirely on a traffic-free highway and anticipated hills were always in sight, providing an ever-present stimulus for the hard miles to come. Bowie positioned herself mid pack to ensure the best use of the drag from the peloton before the attacks that were bound to come on the hills. Unfortunately one of the following men’s races caught the women’s race and resulted in over 300 riders vying for position, this caused a very large crash, which Bowie was able to avoid. Bowie was just behind the crash site and was able to pick up her bike and get over the crash area before jumping back on to start chasing. The front of the race had split by now with the group of women jumping on to the men’s race as it powered past. Bowie chased hard with a group of riders from Denmark, New Zealand, Australia and Norway, but being the only rider with no team riders in the lead pack the onus was on her to do most of the work. The hills looked like a single plateau as the racers sped towards them, but after an initial 9km climb, the course dipped and rose through a series of valleys and, before finally zooming back down to sea level via an exhilarating 7km descent which barely featured a bend, never mind anything remotely resembling a technical corner.
Following another hard hour of Bowie chasing in time trial mode, it came to the last climb to decide the order of the chasing group. The final climb to the town of Kalamunda had three distinct sections: the first 2km was on a wide open road, and had been identified pre-race by many of the riders as the “make or break” point as it led directly into the famous Zig-Zag Scenic Drive. This 3km sector of road whilst not especially steep was extremely narrow and featured four hairpin corners that made overtaking difficult. Good positioning was also crucial upon exiting the Zig-Zag as another 4km climb ensued to the finish line. Bowie finished the race in 12th position in her category and was the first Great British rider from all categories, losing out on places in the final sprint for the line following all her hard work pulling the group.
On route to Australia, Bowie also rode in the National 10mile Time Trial Championships held in Surrey, where she won Gold in her age group category to go with her recent Gold medals in both the 25 mile and 50 mile Championships.