Villumsen breaks national time trial record

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 11:39 11/01/2013
Linda Villumsen
LAWRENCE SMITH/Fairfax NZ
FLYING RIDE: Olympian Linda Villumsen took 1min 15sec off the women's time trial record in winning the title at the elite road race nationals.

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Linda Villumsen has smashed the course record on her way to the New Zealand EliteRoad Nationals time trial title in Lincoln today.

Villumsen won the 25km race by more than a minute over Waikato's Jaime Nielsen. Georgia Williams finished third. Villumsen's time of 33 minutes 38 seconds was 1m 19s ahead of fellow Olympian Nielsen. 

Nielsen was no slug either; her 34m 57s was just four seconds slower than the previous course record held by 2011 winner Sonia Waddell.

"I'm pretty happy with that," Villumsen said.

"I can either ride very good or very, very bad at this time of year. Today I felt good."

She led for the first split and continued to pull away, leaving the rest of the field to race for second.

Villumsen will back up to tomorrow in the women's road race.

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