Taylor Gunman claims national time trial glory

A strong 20km blast into a Canterbury head wind helped Auckland's Taylor Gunman win the national time trial cycling championship.

The 22-year-old Aucklander won the 40km out and back time trial in Lincoln today by 12 seconds ahead of a trio of Cantabrians.

While 12 seconds seems tight it was much closer at the halfway mark in Leeston where Gunman was tied with Christchurch's Sam Horgan at 24 minutes and 12 seconds while Ashburton's Jason Christie was just one second adrift.

Gunman's return leg on the exposed course was the clincher for the man who finished second in last year's Tour of Southland.

He came finished in a time of 50:42. Second went to Horgan 12 seconds back while Christie was a further 10 seconds adrift in third.

Fourth was 2012 winner Paul Odlin while defending champion Joseph Cooper and another title favourite Michael Vink were both late withdrawals.

The road cycling nationals continue in Christchurch tomorrow with the 120.5 women's road race while the 183.7km men's race is on Sunday.

Fairfax Media