This past week, Gary Painter added to his impressive palmares by winning the UCI Masters World Time Trial championship in Perth Australia. Last year Gary came close by placing 5th on a wet, rainy course in Denmark that really didn’t suit him. So, it was anticipated he would be a main contender in Perth on a course more to his liking. In the lead up to the race though, it wasn’t clear he was even going to be able to compete. From 2012 through 2015 Gary had been the US national TT champion in the 55+ age group (4 times in succession) and had had an automatic bid to Worlds as a result. In May at the 2016 National Championships though, Gary broke his chain out of the start gate at the and after actually changing his chain, ended up 7th. Therefore, he had to wait for a “wildcard” bid that only came two weeks before the WC race. So, not an ideal preparation leading up to the event
To further complicate things, on the isolated Rottnest Island venue winds were predicted to be in excess of 25 mph. Aero equipment, particularly a disc wheel was not a clear choice given the winding nature of the course, with lots of short, steep hills and the vicious winds. In the end though, it came down to the race of truth and Gary was motivated to redress his National Championship loss and show that he indeed deserved to be there…….. and that he did.
Gary is coached by Peaks Coaching Group Master Coach Stephen McGregor
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