October 24, 2002, Invercargill, New Zealand – New Zealander Melissa “Meshy” Holt, of the RONA Cycling Team, successfully defended her national time trial title today. Holt, who lives in Ottawa during the Canadian summer, completed the race's 25 kilometres in 36 minutes and 22 seconds, at an average speed of 41.25 km/h. She beat her closest rival, Dale Tye, by 23 seconds.
Meshy Holt's win was Team RONA's 100th victory since it started competing in early 2001.
The race was held under tough conditions. In the extreme south of New Zealand, gloomy, cold and windy spring weather added to the difficulty of an undulating course.
Saturday, October 26, Holt will defend her road race national champion title in a 117-km race.
New Zealand Time Trial Championship
Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand, October 24, 2002
1. Melissa Holt (RONA) 25 km in 36'22″ (avg. 41.25 km/h)
2. Dale Tye (Cycling Otago) 23″
3. Annaliisa Farrell (Halswell Avon) 1' 23″
4. Penny Warring (Counties / Manukau) 1' 34″
5. Tammy Boyd (Hornby Cycling) 2' 12″
The RONA cycling team is one of only two Canadian women's elite cycling teams acknowledged by the International Cycling Union.