After near misses and disappointments, Australian journalist and BikeRadar editor Jeff Jones has finally cracked the nut he’s been trying to break for several years. Jones took out both the time trial and road race in the 35-50 years division at the eighth journalist world championships in Lac de Vassiviere, France.
Held on a course in the Limousin region that had hosted three Tour de France time trials during the 1980s and ’90s, Jones won Friday’s 11.8km test against the clock in less-than-ideal conditions by 46 seconds over Julian Bray and Robert Bauman.
The weather deteriorated for Saturday’s 44km road race and Jones’ favoured method of winning races – escaping solo – came to the fore. He used his ‘big diesel’ engine to power to the finish, almost three minutes ahead of Slovenian Miroslav Cveticanin and Frenchman Franck Leroy.
For a complete report with results and photos, visit Cyclingnews.com.