Wednesday, August 29, 2012

In South Africa, Feldman fastest in World TT

UCI ride on a 16-mile course

Richard Feldman rides to his seventh UCI World Masters Time Trial championship Thursday in South Africa. Courtesy photo

Ketchum’s Richard Feldman, 43, of the Durance-Colnago team, dominated the field to win his seventh UCI Master World Time Trial Championship Thursday, Aug. 23 in Wartburg, South Africa.

The Union Cycliste Internationale course covered 25.4 kilometers (15.69 miles) on rolling terrain, featuring three climbs totaling 206 meters, and three descents.

Feldman hit a top speed of 82.7 kmh (51.1 mph) on the third descent to ensure his best time of the day. On the average, his speed was 45.8 kmh on the up-and-down course.

Clocking the best time of all 107 men in the field, Feldman finished in 33:26. He was the fastest of 18 men in Men’s 40-44, 1:53 ahead of Andrew Patten of Australia. And the next fastest man, Men’s 35-39 winner Igor Kopse of Slovenia, was 54 seconds slower with a 34:20 time.

Feldman dedicated his win to his mother-in-law who passed away while he was in South Africa.

The victory was Feldman’s third world time trial title in a row and seventh overall. In 2001 at St. Johann, Austria, he became the first American to win the UCI World Masters Time Trial rainbow jersey.

Feldman heads to Bend, Ore. with other Durance-Colnago racers for the USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships Sept. 5-9. The local racers will compete predominantly in the Sept. 5 time trial, with a couple also racing in the national road races Sept. 6-7.


Mull wins RR bronze

Part-time Sun Valley resident Rich Mull, 60, of Malibu, Ca. earned a bronze medal in his Men’s 60-64 class at the UCI World Masters road race Aug. 25 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

Mull (3.11:15) finished third of 16 racers in the Men’s 60-64 division on the 96k (59.5-mile) course. He held the lead with a half-mile left, but made a wrong turn and lost about 30 seconds. It put the final rankings as:

1—Andre Fosse of France 3.11:01. 2—Arne Raaen of Norway 3.11:08. 3—Mull of Sun Valley 3.11:15.

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