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McCauley crushes the competition

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Gordon McCauley rides to a third national time trial crown.

Gordon McCauley rides to a third national time trial crown.
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The Elite men's podium (l-r): Jeremy Vennell, Gordon McCauley and Marc Ryan.

The Elite men's podium (l-r): Jeremy Vennell, Gordon McCauley and Marc Ryan.
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Mark Ryan takes third place in the Elite Men's Time Trial Championships.

Mark Ryan takes third place in the Elite Men's Time Trial Championships.
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Defending champ Jeremy Vennell finishes in second place, 55 seconds behind Gordon McCauley.

Defending champ Jeremy Vennell finishes in second place, 55 seconds behind Gordon McCauley.
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Gordon McCauley wins the Elite Men's National Time Trial Championship in a time of 50:10.

Gordon McCauley wins the Elite Men's National Time Trial Championship in a time of 50:10.
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The people's champion, Gordon McCauley.

The people's champion, Gordon McCauley.
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Experienced professional Gordon McCauley added a third men's time trial title to his five national road race wins when he prevailed on a flat and windy course at Lincoln University, Christchurch.

McCauley qualified as the final rider, which he says gave him the edge, producing a superb 50:10 for the 40km course, the fastest time recorded for a national time trial championship.

He finished nearly a minute clear of 2007 champion Jeremy Vennell (Hawkes Bay) with Olympic pursuit medallist Marc Ryan (Timaru) third. "I am pretty stoked with that. While I am defending the road race title on Sunday, for me the nationals was all about the time trial today," said McCauley.

"Time trialling is my strength and this flat course suited me. I have put my hand up for the Commonwealth Games with the course in New Delhi also flat. "

McCauley, who won a bronze medal in the discipline at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games, says he believes he is capable of a second medal. "I prepared really well. I've been training on the course and had a really good performance."

He is not confident of repeating his success in Sunday's championship road race, however. "The course is much tougher and today was my focus. My aim on Sunday will be to ride for my Subway Avanti team-mates although if the opportunity presents itself, I'll have a go," he explained.

Full Results
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Gordon Mccauley0:50:10
2Jeremy Vennell0:00:55
3Marc Ryan0:01:20
4Jason Allen0:02:24
5Samuel Horgan0:02:33
6Paul Odlin0:02:34
7Clinton Avery0:03:28
8Justin Kerr0:04:00
9Matt Sillars0:04:18
10Simon Croom0:04:25
11Aaron Strong0:04:51
12Scott Wilder0:05:50
13Andrew Barlow0:06:02
14Jonathan Gee0:07:39

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