A BLISTERING personal best helped Orange’s Charlie Gascoyne bring home a silver medal from the Cycling Australia Masters Road National Championships.
Last Friday Gascoyne lined up in the men’s individual time trial for his age division near Goulburn.
He finished the 22.5km circuit in 31 minutes and 37.51 seconds to claim the silver medal.
His time was almost two minutes better than his previous best for the course, where he took out the NSW individual time trial title for his division in September.
Queensland’s Andrew Patten won the national title in a time of 30.35.95, while Victoria’s Michael Clucas was third in 31.53.87.
Gascoyne backed up on Sunday for the road race where he finished ninth in his division.
Third to 20th in this age category was only separated by seconds.
It was a tough race with an average speed of 38.73 kilometres per hour, out of which only 28 of the 45 starters finished.
The Orange cyclist is no stranger to success in masters competitions.
In 2007, he took out the men’s 40-44 years scratch race at the Track Cycling World Masters Championships.
Gascoyne wasn’t the only Orange representative at this year’s Australian masters event.
Ian Reed had a great preparation and was expected to be competitive in his division.
However, the rear derailleur hanger on Reed’s bike snapped during the race and his bike could not be fixed, meaning he didn’t finish the race.