Hopkins handles the ‘truth’

  • Kaden Hopkins set a blistering pace around Harrington Sound (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

Known in cycling terms as the “race of truth”, with riders racing against the clock, Kaden Hopkins again showed that he will be a tough rider to beat as he set another blistering pace to take the victory in the Winners Edge time-trial yesterday morning.

The route took the riders from Harrington Sound School twice around the Sound for a distance of 14.8 miles.

Having just turned 18 last month, Hopkins clearly showed that he is on track for another strong season on the bike covering the course in 32min 54 sec, with an average speed of 26.9mph.

Already having produced some impressive results this year for American team Hot Tubes, Matthew Oliveira was second in 33.41 and Geoff Smith rounded out the top three in 35.58.

Also worthy of note was a standout ride by Nicholas Narraway, 15, who has already caught the attention of the local top riders as he produced a strong ride, finishing fifth overall.

In the women’s field, Nicole Mitchell took honours, finishing in 39.27 an average speed of 22.5mph as she works towards the Killington Stage Race and CAC Games this year. Caitlin Conyers put in another strong performance following on from her dominant win in the Winners Edge Road Race last week, and looks on course for a good season. Jamie-Lee Wright was third in 41.00.

With Smith taking third overall in 35.58, and winning the Masters category, stalwart Kent Richardson placed second in 37.24. Fabian Schonenburg completed the top three in 37.32.

Louise Wells, Penelope Butterfield and Julia Hawley were the top three master’s women in 42.09, 45.38 and 46.21 respectively.

On the one-lap 7.4-mile course in the 11-12 and 13-14 categories, Blake Oliveira, 13, was in a class on his own recording the fastest time of 21.56. Zamauri Richardson was second in 25.04, with Megan Hands third in the category in 27.12.

The youngest rider of the day in the 11-12 category, Charlotte Millington, finished in 29.22