Georgia Williams claims fifth New Zealand national time trial title
29-year old powers her way to first win in pink
Georgia Williams won her career fifth national title in the elite time trial championships in South Waikato on the North Island of New Zealand today.
The Kiwi powered her way through the 33-kilometer course and took a commanding victory in the elite category crossing the line over a minute faster than her next best competitor.
“I’m super happy to reclaim my title,” said Georgia after the finish. “It’s pretty cool to bring a Kiwi jersey to the team. Hopefully we get to do a few time trials this year so I get to show it off.”
The course took on some of the stunning vistas of the North Island. Starting in Tokoroa, the 33.5-kilometer route took on 381m of climbing – most of which came in the first half of the race.
“My mindset going into the time trial was to just focus on the race plan,” said Georgia. “It was a super hard course. It was really hilly so I really had to focus on not going out too hard and save some legs for the way home. It was a long one too, 33-kilometers so it was a solid ride.”
"It’s pretty cool to bring a Kiwi jersey to the team."
Georgia, in her first season with EF Education-TIBCO-SVB, has already shown that she has some very good form. She took two top three stage finishes and claimed third in the overall at the Tour Down Under in January, before following it up with a top ten at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.
But for Georgia, she knows that this is just the start of a long road season.
“My form has been good at the start of the season,” said the Kiwi. “I’m hoping I can hold onto it for the rest of the year. I really can’t wait to get back to Europe and race with the girls over there.”
Georgia will be racing in the road race tomorrow and is looking to claim her third national title there.