CCM riders Georgia Catterick and Ethan Batt were joined by Jason Christie at the recent Elite Road Champs to produce some fantastic results.
In the U23 Women's TT Georgia turned in a time of 31:22 in the 20km TT to finish just three second behind winner Mikayla Harvey and secure the silver medal. Full results.
Then in the road race which was a combined field of both the elite women and the U23 women Georgia finished 11th overall and 6th in the U23 category. It must have been quite a tight finish as the first 8 U23 riders were all credited with the same time. Full results.
Ethan Batt, riding for the Skoda Racing team finished 12th in the U23 40km TT, despite suffering a puncture, with a time of 58:29 and followed that up with a solid performance in the road race, and was the third placed U23 rider with 3 laps to go, although he ended up being pulled off the course by the organisers in the last lap due to the circuit being quite short and there being a danger of the leaders catching him (as usual the men's road race had a high attrition rate and nearly three quarters of the field recorded a DNF). TT Results, Road Race Results
Defending road race champion (and Georgia's fiance) Jason Christie also rode for CCM/Tasman and came home second in both events. In the 40km TT he recorded a time of 52:15 which was 21s behind another Tasman rider Jack Bauer and 1:12 ahead of a great bronze medal performance by olympic rower Hamish Bond. Full results.
In the road race Jason put in a strong solo effort to to join the leading bunch with eight laps to go he was consistently a key player in the race and ended up winning the sprint for silver after Joseph Cooper managed to maintain a solo breakaway to claim the title. There is a great story of this race on the road cycling.co.nz site that is well worth a read. Full results
In case you missed it there was also a nice article published by the Marlborough Express