After a perfectly timed ride, Kristi Hewitt (Wing-it) broke the Womens ITTs record with a time of 2m34.00. There was no panic from Hewitt after Jennifer Balbach (whom Hewitt was chasing) set off at a rapid rate and had a couple second advantage after the first of four laps. Hewitt maintained her steady pace before going all out on the final lap to break the two-year old Womens record (Sarah Rieke 2007). Balbach (KD) held on for 2nd place in 2m39.55. Records are made to be broken and the future might be riding into view in the form of the 3rd place rider Sonja Arnesen (Gamma Phi). In only her second year, Arnesen improved by a full 9 seconds this year and in two years we might be seeing Sonja joining her brother Hans as an ITT record holder. Only time will tell on that front but this year is certainly Hewitt's who has shown steady improvement since she founded team Wing-it four years ago. A fitting end to her ITT career.
In the Mens race it was all about Eric Young (Cutters) and Kenny Parks (TMT). These riders started at opposite side of the track and were quite the contrast with Young dressed in black and Parks all in white. They were easily the fastest guys on the track last night with Young holding a lead throughout their heat even though Parks cut the gap in the final lap. Young finished in 2m18.25 and is the third fastest man of all time (only Hans Arnesen and Matt Davis have ridden a faster ITT). With two more years of eligibility left we could be witnessing the start of another dominant Cutter career! Third place in the Mens event went to Greg Maves (DTD) who has shown great improvement over his four years in the race and will form a potent double pronged attack with Matt Neilber as DTD try to win L5 this year.
Matt Neibler tries to hold back the hurricane as Young passes him in their ITT heat (photo- IDSnews.com)
Next on the agenda for the L5 riders is MissnOut on Saturday when the racers get to race each other and not just the clock.
Full ITT results can be found here.
The IDS report can be found here.
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