Matt Botting, 2nd place, Category 40-49
This year the State TT seemed to sneak up on me. Two weeks prior to the event I did my best to shatter Strava sections within a 5 mile radius of the home. Turns out this 40K state course which was run in reverse trumps all Strava segments. The course had a very tough first 8 miles with 3 small ring hills. Being a bubba sized rider this proved to be a tough section. After the initial hill/s there was a 10 mile section which was reasonably flat. I felt good here and seemed to recover from the Bubba climbs. On the final 5 mile stretch we had a few bumps to climb. On these my calf muscle was starting to cramp. I eased up slightly and tried to stand on these hills. My finishing time ended up at 55:36 which was good for second place in the 40-49 category and around 8 seconds off the gold. I am already planning my Bubba sized effort for next year!
Mark Jellous, 4th place (N.C.)/6th overall, Pro/1/2
The length of the TT was a tad under a 40 kilometers (24.2 miles). By the time I started at 9:38am, it was 83 degrees and very humid. The course was NOT flat (1200 ft). My time trial legs did not show up for this one and my goal of 57 minutes were quickly dashed! I finished with a time of 58:21. The winning time was 55:27.