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HECHT FLIES TO SECOND AT U23 TIME TRIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
June 20th, 2019
With just five days of racing under his belt, Gage Hecht launched his 2019 comeback tour into orbit with an incredible second place at the U23 time trial championships.
“With the way that the season played out with injuries, I came into the race feeling underprepared,” Hecht said, who crashed badly during a training ride in late March. “I felt pretty good out on course and found a good rhythm. I felt smoother and smoother as the course rolled on. I did start to lose it a bit rolling up the final straightaway. I’m pretty thankful for the healing I’ve been blessed with. It has granted me the ability to compete with some of the best U23s in the country. I’m super excited to have finished on the podium this year and I look forward to the rest of the weekend here in Maryland.”
The Parker, Colo. native completed the 30 kilometer rolling out and back course in a time of 37:59, 1’51” back from eventual winner, Ian Garrison.
“A great ride from Gage, especially considering it’s his first TT of the year and he’s just back from his injury,” team director Mike Creed said.
Riley Sheehan and Andrew Vollmer, first and second in the 2018 junior TT, also competed in their first U23 national championships. Vollmer took 12thwith a time of 39:12 and Sheehan clocked 39:33 to claim 15thplace.