Patrick Bevin helped get the new partnership between Giant and CCC Team off to a strong start Friday by winning the 2019 New Zealand Time Trial Championship. The 27-year-old powered his new Trinity Advanced Pro TT bike to a decisive win, beating second-place finisher Hamish Bond by 1:52 on the 40km course to earn the coveted “silver fern” jersey worn by New Zealand national champions.
“I said I wanted to come here and take the jersey back,” said Bevin, who also won the title in 2016. “It’s a hard race to really target and it’s the first race of the year, but I’ve really progressed with my time trialing in the past couple of seasons. It’s become a real focus, so to carry the silver fern in Europe is going to be a huge honor and a source of pride as we start riding the time trials in the WorldTour.”
Racing on a tough course in and around the seaside town of Napier, Bevin averaged 47.29 kilometers per hour. In addition to his new Trinity Advanced Pro TT bike, he also rode a prototype aero WheelSystem being developed by Giant (currently labeled #overachieve) and the Giant Rivet TT aero helmet to minimize drag.
“It is a super honest course,” Bevin said. “I was very conscious of pacing it right and making sure I came home at least as strong [as the first half]. I had a negative split, I was faster on the second lap, which was good. It’s a course that is very dependent on conditions, you can probably get a two or three minute split on a good day versus a bad day so you never really know.”
With the New Zealand TT champion’s jersey now secured, Bevin said he is looking forward to racing his fourth season on the WorldTour with his new CCC Team.
“I’m lucky in that I have a time trial-focused program this year, so I will do a lot of the week-long stage races up until the Tour de France if all goes well,” he said. “It would be really cool to ride with the silver fern at the Tour de France, and then the second half of the year will be focused on the world championships in Yorkshire. I had a good worlds in Austria last year and it was a real step up for me. It’s all about keeping that progression going with my time trialing and I have the opportunity now to have that as my focus.”