Ready at the start of the 5K trial, Cheryl Webb gets lasty-minute instructions from race official Danny Triplett.
Cheryl Webb, making her first start in the NW La. District Senior Olympics biking time trials, posted the best times among the women and veteran Charles Allen of Texarkana posted the top male times Sunday, to pack off gold medals in the 5 kilometer and 10 kilometer events.
Cyclists had to put up with strong cross winds over the course on Ellerbe Road near the Frierson Road intersection.
It was a full day for Webb, who in the morning Sunday won her age bracket in a dual-alon (running and bicycling) with the Sunrise Bicycle Club. “I was drafted for the Senior Olympics,” the 50-year-old physical therapist with CHRISTUS Schumpert hospital said. “Sandy (Triplett, who helps run the bike trials each year) asked me to enter this morning.” Webb raced 9 minutes in the 5K and 18:03 in the 10K. Triplett posted 9:25 and 18.53 for golds in women’s 60-69 age bracket. Sara Burroughs won the 70-74 gold with times of 11.41 and 23.35.
Allen uses this cycling event each year to measure how he held up through the offseason. He logged gold medal times of 7.46 and 15.31 in the two trials Sunday. “With times like those I’d say that’s real good,” said the 68-year-old Allen, who will train next for the Arkansas State Time Trials (a 25-miler) and later take part in the Arkansas and Louisiana state Senior Olympics. Sunday, he finished ahead of 59-year-old Willis-Knighton respiratory therapist Steve Tabler (8:31 and 16.17) and 69-year-old Robert Sutton (12.44 and 25.71).
Bernie Tull, a regular in this event for several years, won the 70-74 golds with times of 8.44 and 18.14. Joe Hinton posted 10.25 and 20.38 for the silvers.
Curtis Turner won two bronzes for his times of 10.58- 22.12.
Contestants and workers made 2012 time trials a success.