Total Distance: 65.4km, 2hr27:00min, Ave speed 26.53km/hr
Team TIB insurance successfully claimed another podium in what’s turning out to be a promising season of racing for the locally based Insurance Company. Andrew Hill racing in the TIB colours comprehensively raced to his third successive Banesfield overall win in as many years with a 2min lead over chasing group lead by Brandon Stewart and Tyron Bird. Hill dominated from the front of the race where he made what was the race winning move at the bottom of the major 8km climb called the Banesfield Breaker just 25min into the event.
Hill commented “ I knew what to expect from last years event and I sat in the group until the bottom of the big climb” “The tempo was set by Stewart Maris of team Kargo going to the base of the climb and for about 2km up the bottom sections of the climb… I made the move after we rounded the 45km/65km split and went to the front with a slightly higher pace” , Hill said he knew he would have to ride very hard to stay away from the Kargo and Fedgroup riders, who as a combined effort would be tough to outride on the fast flats and long down hill district roads on the decent of the Banesfield breaker.
Hill said at the finish line “I’ve had some consistent form coming into the race with 3 race wins in 3 weeks of racing… but you never know how the legs will respond on the day… I’m very happy I managed to make the break and stay away for so long” when asked about what this win means to him.
When asked about the track Hill commented “ The route was very similar to last year but Devlin the trail designer added some more single track at the top of both major climbs…The trails are running very smoothly at the moment and if they can keep working them we’ll have even better track next year.”
This Win gives the TIB insurance athlete a healthy overall series lead in the Roag series followed closely by the day’s 3rd place finisher Tyron Bird.
1st Andrew Hill (TIB Insurance) 2:27:00
2nd Brandon Stewart (Fedgroup)
3rd Tyron Bird
(TIB Media Correspondent Writes)