The pressure was on this morning! The majority of our omnium riders chose to race early in the day. It felt like the Tour Du France Prologue at 9 AM today! The early pacesetter was 17-year-old Lucas Huesman, who was one of the first to take off from the start pen. He set the initial fast time of 23’01”. Right behind him was Coach Hunter, who was just 10 seconds behind Lucas. Then, Coach Vivien came blazing through with a 22’56” to take the lead among omnium racers. Right behind (separated by just 1 second!) was Hunter, Aidan, Ben, and CCNS athlete Tim Ahearn. Talk about dramatic! Throw in omnium riders Travis Wold, Brian Wolfe, and Greg H, who were all right there, and you have NINE omnium riders separated by less than a minute, in the top 15 of the event today. Excellent job, everyone! We can’t wait to see who from the later race can beat some of these times. It’s going to be a great battle all weekend!
MVP of the day goes to Tim Ahearn, who, because he is new to Zwift, rode the time trial on the stock Zwift road frame. He destroyed the ENTIRE field with his 5.9w/kg output. In perfect Tim Ahearn fashion, he was OK with the oversight and was more focused on “suffering like everyone else in the end.”
In the women’s category, CCNS athlete Patsy Klotz took the top step for the omnium, with Jennifer Lansdowne and Sandy Ng in second and third. The later time trial has some very accomplished female racers in it. It will be tough for these three to hold onto the top spots.
We also still have several strong men launching at the 5 PM time trial (EST). We can’t wait to see how the entire omnium field shakes out after day 1!