Sean Lake managed to push aside some early season disappointment when he took out the Oceania Time Trial Championship in Canberra yesterday.
The ex rower has been working extremely hard at transforming his physique to that of a more svelte road cyclist/climber composition. His disciplined and methodical approach has been something to admire and has brought about significant fat loss but perhaps more importantly a shedding of nearly 3kg of upper body muscle. The trick throughout has been trying to achieve these results with out a loss of performance and after missing the mark at nationals there was definitely some concern that we had stuffed it up.
Sean stormed the hilly 41km Stromolo course in an impressive 54:32.7 to beat 2nd placed Ben Dyball by 52.7 seconds and Kiwi Hamish Bond, himself a former Olympic Champion rower by 59.4 seconds. The turn around between Sean and Dyball who won bronze at national championships and Sean who finished 7th highlights the improvement as does the massive 436 w/avg he pushed for 54 minutes. Sean was elated with the win “It’s a big relief to be honest. I had a bad patch just after the turn on the way back but I re-assessed and got back into my rhythm and was really happy with the way I finished. I was a bit worried I’d gone out too hard when I was seeing 10 -15 more watts than I expected but I felt really good, I think it was nearly 6w/kg avg.”
Andrew Christie-Johnston was impressed by his performance “He started fast but didn’t die. At the turn he still looked really strong. He just rode it really well. I think having the right person talking him through the effort helped a lot.”
Earlier in the day Jason Lea showed his continued progression with a storming ride in the U23 TT to take silver only 28 seconds down on winner Liam Magennis. Andrew was equally glowing in his praise for Jason “He beat home two of the podium placers at nationals which on a similar course shows just how much work he has put in. That was an impressive ride.”
The road race takes place on Saturday over 160km with a combined Elite and U23 field. Follow @IsowheySwissWel on twitter for updates.