Club Team Time Trial
With 20 teams representing 15 Australian cycling clubs, the inaugural club teams time trial wowed passionate Buninyong crowds as they raced the clock on the 29.6km time trial course.
The undulating and gusty course favoured no particular style of riding and it was simple grit and determination that drove the field of over 40 participants to finish in the hot, testing conditions.
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Men's Masters 120
1. Carnegie Caulfield CC #1 Time: 42:54.34
Troy DRINAN 42:54.22
Stefan KIRSCH 42:54.25
Joe SPANO 42:54.34
Grant STUBBS 48:34.04
2. St Kilda Cycling Club Time: 43:25.95
James PAGE 43:24.53
Ricardo PINTO 43:25.00
Rob SIMPSON 43:25.95
Cameron HALES 43:41.11
3. Carnegie Caulfield CC #2 Time: 49:11.27
Justin HOGAN 49:11.16
David STALEY 49:11.21
Martin HOURIGAN 49:11.27
Jason EARDLEY 52:22.72
Men's Masters 150
1. Canberra Cycling Club Time: 42:29.32
107 Steve CRISPIN 42:28.55
106 Brendan BYATT 42:29.25
108 Tom HARTLEY 42:29.32
2. Carnegie Caulfield CC #2 Time: 43:51.62
222 Gerrard DONNELLY 43:51.37
223 Julian PAYNTER 43:51.52
221 John CAIN 43:51.62
224 Brian SMITH 46:08.81
3. Randwick Botany Cycling Club Time: 45:36.41
Matt GLANVILLE 45:36.02
Daniele VANOLINI 45:36.17
Allan SMITH 45:36.41
Geoff BAXTER 45:36.78
Men's Masters 180
1. Manly Warringah Cycling Club Time: 47:52.91
Peter RITCHIE 47:52.37
Kevin GOODMAN 47:52.65
Gregory BARNES 47:52.91
Neil MATTHEWS 53:22.00
2. Illawarra Cycle Club. Time: 50:14.14
Mark MORGAN 50:11.78
Terence WALL 50:12.89
Robert CALLADINE 50:14.14
3. Sutherland Shire CC Time: 50:22.45
Trevor HYDE 50:20.87
John PETERS 50:21.87
Mal LYNN 50:22.45
Men's Masters 90
1. Ballarat Sebastapol Cycling Club Time: 46:12.96
Jarrod KING 46:12.63
Jamie HUGGETT 46:12.65
Craig LEE 46:12.96
1. Hawthorn Cycling Club Time: 56:18.18
Magda URBANEK 56:18.13
Nonie CARR 56:18.16
Jacqueline BERTELSEN 56:18.18
Rebecca COVINGTON 56:18.20
Women's Masters 120
1. St Kilda Cycling Club Time: 52:01.37
Michelle HYDE 52:00.27
Meredith CLARK 52:01.28
Paula FLEMING 52:01.37
Olivia ATANASOVSKA 58:04.38
2. Illawarra Cycle Club. Time: 53:29.14
Nicole NUGARA 53:23.53
Deborah COULLS 53:25.18
Kirsten BENNETT 53:29.14
Josephine CLARK 55:16.46
3. Footscray Cycling Club Time: 57:16.71
Erika GOSNEY 57:14.93
Jill STEVENSON 57:15.48
Gina MCVICAR 57:16.71
Sarah DAM 1h05:44.57
Women's Masters 150
1. Hawthorn Cycling Club Team 1 Time: 58:47.24
Liz HILTON 58:44.50
Meg BROWN 58:44.75
Angela MACRAE 58:47.24
Gaynor BLANKLEY 1h02:45.42
Women's Masters 90
1. Port Adelaide Cycling Club Time: 54:18.82
Three-time track world champion Alex Edmondson (SA/Mitchleton-Scott) upstaged his high-profile rivals at the 2018 FedUni Road National Championships on Sunday, joining the likes of Sir Hubert Opperman, Robbie McEwen and Simon Gerrans on an illustrious honour roll.
After attacking alongside Chris Harper (SA/Bennelong SwissWellness Cycling Team p/b Cervelo) from a splintered peloton with less than four laps of the iconic Mount Buninyong circuit remaining, Edmondson survived a desperate chase to cross the line one second ahead of Jay McCarthy (QLD/Bora-Hansgrohe).
Harper was too fast for the surging Caleb Ewan (NSW/Mitchleton-Scott) and Nathan Haas (ACT/Katusha–Alpecin), with his bronze medal just rewards for an impressive effort in the closing stages of a thrilling 185.6-kilometre road race.
“I am absolutely speechless,” said an emotional Edmondson following his victory. “This means a hell of a lot to me. I would like to thank the team for all their help, my family, my coach – this is just a fairy tale.
“I came here just trying to do what I could for the guys, and to come away with the green and gold is a dream come true. Every cyclist grows up wanting to wear the green and gold, and this is not going to sink in for a while.”
Edmondson, whose track career includes a Commonwealth Games gold medal, an Olympic silver medal and three world titles, admitted there could be some hard feelings from his breakaway partner.
With Edmondson’s more high-profile team-mates Ewan and Cameron Meyer (WA) in the chase group, the South Australian was torn between sitting up for his colleagues and helping the break stay away.
“Chris Harper is one of my best mates, he lives less than 500 metres down the road from where I live in Aldgate,” said Edmondson. “Every day we ride together and every day he is the one pushing me along and vice versa.
“It was made a lot harder because we are such good friends off the bike. It is one of those hard ones because you want to do your best for your mate, but you also have to look after your team-mates.
“There were a lot of words going back and forth – I am not sure what will happen with the friendship,” he laughed. “I am so thrilled for what he has been able to do. He has only been riding for a short amount of time, but he is going to go a long way.
“It’s so hard to get over for the win, but it’s even harder when you have got your best mate there riding next to you. It is my day today, and I know there are going to be plenty more opportunities for Chris Harper.”
Earlier in the race, an eight rider breakaway of Dylan Newbery (QLD/Mobius BridgeLane), Tristan Ward (NSW/Bennelong SwissWellness Cycling Team p/b Cervelo), Troy Herfoss (NSW), Robert Power (WA/Mitchelton-Scott), William Clarke (TAS/EF Education First – Drapac p/b Cannondale), Thomas Kaesler (SA/Drapac EF p/b Cannondale Holistic Development Team), Sean Lake (VIC/Bennelong SwissWellness) and Peter Milostic (NSW) gained nearly six minutes on the peloton.
But a dominant effort from BMC Racing Team, led by former national champions Simon Gerrans and Miles Scotson, narrowed the gap. 2017 Australian Masters National Champion Herfoss attacked solo, with the dual-sport athlete riding solo for almost 25 kilometres as a new bunch of chasers formed.
Edmondson and Harper then went up the road, overhauling Herfoss and staying out of reach of the star-studded chase group until the final straight. Edmondson put his track skills to work, managing to remain just ahead of McCarthy before flinging his arms into the air.
“I was a little bit short there on the line. But I am definitely happy with how the shape is going – all the boys rode really well out there,” said McCarthy.
“It is a great change to the course with a new little part through the university, and it was an exciting race.”
A third for Harper capped a strong week of racing from Bennelong SwissWellness Cycling Team p/b Cervelo, the reigning National Road Series champions.
“It’s all good now. There were a few colourful words, but I am just really happy for Alex. He is one of my best mates and we train almost every day together when he is back in Australia,” joked Harper of his ongoing friendship with Edmondson.
“I know I will be sitting up watching him racing those big one-day races in Europe, and it will be all the easier to see him now he’ll have the green and gold bands around him.”
It was a dream come true for Ballarat local Shannon Malseed (VIC / Team TIBCO-SVB), who sensationally won the elite women's road race at the 2018 FedUni Road National Championships on Sunday, chasing down solo breakaway Katrin Garfoot (QLD) in the finishing straight before triumphing over Lauren Kitchen (NSW / FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope) and Grace Brown (VIC / Holden Team Gusto) in a sprint to the line.
Malseed, who has been on the rise in the Australian cycling scene for a few years with the 2016 Oceania road race and 2017 National Road Series titles to her name, was overcome with emotion as she embraced family and friends.
"I'm so lost for words - I can't believe that this happened," Malseed said immediately post-race. "It is a dream - an absolute dream. This is my first year racing for a professional team, I'm so honoured I get to wear the Australian colours all year."
The early break of Kitchen, Jessica Allen (WA / Mitchelton–Scott) and Kate Perry (VIC / Specialized Women's Racing) attacked early, establishing a breakaway that at one stage led by over four minutes.
The trio were caught just before the final lap of the nine lap, 100 kilometre race, following a spirited chase driven by Garfoot, Brown, Brodie Chapman (ACT / CBR Women's Cycling), Lucy Kennedy (Mitchelton-Scott) and Shara Gillow (QLD / FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope).
Garfoot then attacked and looked to have established a winning lead in the final kilometre, before being overhauled by Malseed.
“In the last kilometre I was really calm,” explained Malseed. “I just knew that if I backed myself, I could do it. I know I can sprint well if I get aero enough and channel my inner Caleb Ewan in a headwind finish,” quipped the 23 year old. “Luck definitely swung my way today.”
For second placed Kitchen, it was her second silver medal in the Australian road race championships having made the podium in 2014.
“It was definitely a long day out in the break but having Shara [Gillow] as a teammate this year, I really wanted for us to have an advantage in the final and have both of us there. For it to work out perfectly for us to have two riders in the final selection, meant that we went from being one of the smallest teams to having the numbers which was a little bit unexpected,” said Kitchen.
“I knew I’d have a chance to be in the mix of the medals. Of course I’m disappointed not to have the jersey but it’s a long season. It’s a really good start, both Shara and I got a medal here this week [so] this is a big result for us. We’ll hopefully build on this for the season.”
Third placed, Grace Brown animated the final kilometres, attacking the select group with six kilometres remaining and gaining a small advantage before being reeled in.
“I thought my last chance was when I tried to break away at the back of the course, I’m usually not very good in a sprint finish but I think that helped me in the end. I was quite calm and everyone else blew up and I came through,” said Brown who spent 2017 racing in Europe with the Australian Women’s Development Team.
After doing the lion's share of the work for Mitchelton-Scott to bring the early breakaway back, Alex Manly (SA / Mitchelton-Scott) held on to finish in the top 20 to claim the under 23 road race national title.
Josie Talbot (NSW / Specialized Women's Racing) won the U23 silver medal while Kristina Clonan (QLD / QAS) rounded out the podium.
“It’s pretty special, it was nice to come away with the win. We had a good ride with all the girls but just weren’t able to pull it off,” said Manly of the race for line honours.”
“I wasn’t sure with the role I had to play if I would actually hang in there but it turned out all good in the end.”
Specialized Women's Racing Kate Perry came away with the Altus Traffic Management Sprint jersey and the Federation University Queen of the Mountain jersey .
Elite Women's Road Race
Altus Sprint jersey - Kate Perry (VIC / Specialized Women's Racing
FedUni QOM Jersey - Kate Perry (VIC / Specialized Women's Racing
U23 Women's Road Race
A stunning solo attack from Cyrus Monk (VIC – Drapac EF Holistic Development Team) saw the university student join an illustrious honour roll alongside the likes of Simon Gerrans, Rohan Dennis and Caleb Ewan, winning the 2018 FedUni Road National Championships under 23 road race in scorching Buninyong conditions.
With the race distance shortened to 92.8 kilometres as a result of extreme heat and high fire risk, the peloton was aggressive from the starter’s gun. By the end of lap one, a breakaway of mountain biker Reece Tucknott (WA – Trek Racing Australia), Ashley Mackay (WA – Australian Cycling Academy) and Macgregor Carter (VIC – VCP Loudéac) had established a 44 second lead.
As cross winds and intense heat thinned the sluggish peloton, a chase group led by Dylan Sunderland (NSW – Bennelong SwissWellness Cycling Team p/b Cervelo) and 2017 champion Samuel Jenner (NSW – Mitchelton-BikeExchange) formed. But as the breakaway’s lead extended, Monk took matters into his own hands – bridging first from the peloton to the chasers and then onto the lead group. By lap seven Monk and Tucknott were away together, maintaining their lead before the Melburnian attack again. Monk soloed to the finish with arms aloft, followed in 26 seconds later by James Whelan (VIC – InForm Tineli) and Michael Potter (NSW – Australian Cycling Academy).
“I have been trying to picture this every training ride for the past four months, so it is pretty hard to believe it has actually happened,” exclaimed Monk following his triumph. “I am sure it will sink in throughout the rest of the day.”
Monk’s win had echoes of the victories of Jenner and Miles Scotson in past years, with the rider taking advantage of an unwillingness to chase following the long climb each lap to sneak away.
“It did not feel good out there when I first went – I was thinking it was quite stupid,” said Monk. “I had just ridden up to Liam Magennis (QLD – Drapac EF Holistic Development Team) who was in that final selection with me and said, ‘I reckon we’re both looking okay for a sprint out of this group.’ Then I looked around 10 metres later and I had a little gap – that ended up being it. It was not planned whatsoever, but sometimes they are the ones that come off.”
Monk admitted that he was at first unhappy with the change of race distance necessitated by the weather conditions, but another revision – an added section of the course through the local university – suited his abilities.
“I think the course change definitely played in my favour” said Monk, who is studying a Bachelor of Science (Physiology) in Melbourne. “Having that extra section through FedUni is not that hard on the legs in terms of going uphill, but the technical punching out of corners is similar to what was I doing in Belgium last year.”
After the chase group caught Tucknott during the final descent to Buninyong, Whelan beat Potter and fourth-placed Sunderland in a bunch sprint to claim the silver medal. “It was really close in the end,” the former middle-distance runner said. “I was cramping in the end and I think I only held on by a few metres. I was pretty happy.”
Bronze medallist Potter acknowledged the worthy effort of the victor, and paid credit to his newly established team. “Hats off to Cyrus – he rode amazingly today, a well-deserved winner,” he said. “The whole Australian Cycling Academy has ridden incredibly all week. I was not the leader, but we had a few cards to play and I think we used those well and it paid off.”
The 2018 FedUni Road National Championships conclude on Sunday with an action-packed day of racing. The Elite and U23 Women’s road race commences at 8.50am AEDT, followed by the Elite Men at 12.15pm. The racing will be broadcast live from 10.00am on SBS Viceland and Fox Sports, and streamed via each broadcaster’s online platforms.
Tyler Lindorff and Sarah Gigante were crowned U19 road national champions today in testing, windy conditions on Saturday 6 Jan. Starting as the sun rose over Mt Buninyong due a revised start time, the reduced distance race got off to a blistering start.
Victoria’s Sarah Gigante (VIC/Holden Team Gusto) has been dubbed the Queen of Buninyong, taking a clean sweep of all three under 19 national titles; the criterium, time trial and road race crowns at the 2018 Federation University Road National Championships.
After winning the criterium solo and taking out the time trial by 13 seconds, Gigante once again showed her power as she rode to a solo victory in the 58 kilometre road race around Mt Buninyong.
“I didn’t even think I’d win one, you always hope to win one, but definitely not this,” said an elated Gigante. “I didn’t want to leave it to a sprint as I thought it was too risky as I didn’t know how my sprint legs where. But I tried to get away and then just time trialled home.”
Silver medallist Jemma Eastwood (VIC / Blackburn CC) animated the race, breaking away from the peloton on lap one before she was joined by Gigante shortly after. The duo worked together, gaining a two minute advantage while the peloton fought it out for bronze behind them.
For Eastwood, it was a job well done.
“It was really tough out there, it was pretty easy up the hill the first time so I thought I would just go off the front because a hard race is better for me,” she said. “Working with Sarah she made it tough the whole way and when she broke away I was pretty cooked, but happy to hold on and keep going for second.”
Sophie Edwards (SA) finished ahead of the remaining bunch to collect the bronze medal, adding to her criterium silver medal and time trial bronze.
“I’m exhausted, it was a tough race out there today but I am really happy, given I don’t rate myself up climbs normally, but I managed to keep it up with the girls today,” said Edwards.
In the under 19 men’s race, it was time trial silver medallist Tyler Lindorff (WA/WAIS) took line honours in the road race, as well as both the Federation University King of the Mountain and the Altus sprint jersey after being a part of a strong three-man break.
“It’s a dream come true today. I’ve been training for this one solely for the last couple of months,” said Lindorff.
“I just thought I would give it a go, I knew with the course going downhill and through Federation University it was quite quick so it was just a matter of trying to get ahead. I felt like I was the strongest on the last lap so I thought I would give it a nudge and I got away.”
Covering six laps of the 11.6 kilometre course, the peloton set a furious tempo for the first half of the race before the winning break of Lindorff, Ben Metcalfe (NSW/MobiusBridgeLane) and Carter Turnbull (VIC/InformMake) formed with 30 kilometres left to race.
Lindorff broke away on the final lap with Metcalfe winning silver and Turnbull collecting bronze.
“It was really tough out there, the wind really picked up on the last two laps. We kept it at 1.20 and we had to keep pushing it the whole way. I’m really happy with that ride.”
Eighteen of the world’s best Para-cycling athletes were crowned national champions on Friday as the 2018 FedUni Road National Championships continued in Ballarat.
On a warm day with little wind, Paralympic and world champions raced around the rural town of Cardigan with Rio gold medallists Carol Cooke AM (VIC) David Nicholas (QLD) doing the time trial and road race double.
“I’m happy with it, it was a pretty good course,” said Cooke. “I went off with the guys and the first half of the lap they were just going so fast and I just thought ‘this is crazy’ so I backed it off a bit. After that I just time trialled it into the finish. I’m happy it was a good ride.”
Cooke, who said the championships have been fabulous, took out the WT2 24 kilometre race in 48 minutes, a little over 9minutes ahead of silver medallist Gabrielle Vassallo (NSW).
Paralympic gold medallist Nicholas showed his class in the MC3 event, breaking away on lap two of five to win the 60km road race by nearly three minutes to Justin Godfrey (VIC). Mitchell Bails (SA) claimed the bronze medal.
“It feels awesome. It’s always good to have it in the bag,” he said.
Nicholas was also complimentary of the program change which has seen the Para-cycling nationals raced in Ballarat with the Road National Championships. “It’s very good, I think it’s very good for Para-cycling so that other people can see us racing. I’ve enjoyed it.”
In the men’s cycle (MC2), dual world championship silver medallist Darren Hicks (SA) took out his maiden road race national title.
“I’m over the moon. It’s something I’ve been wanting for a few years. It’s been on the top of my list,” said Hicks who took out the road and time trial silver medals at the world championships in Pietermaritzburg last year.
“After joining the national team last year, I felt like I had done a lot of the ground work but I didn’t really utilise it, so I’m really happy to come out with a win this year.”
Hicks finished almost 5 minutes ahead of second placed Gordon Allen and local Ballarat rider Ryan Spiteri.
South Australia’s Meg Lemon (SA) made amends for a missed opportunity in the time trial to take out the WC4 event, edging out Hannah MacDougall in a sprint to the line.
“It feels pretty good after yesterday, I was a bit disappointed losing [the time trial] by 1 second after a couple of mechanicals [but] coming back today feels pretty good,” said the 2017 world championship dual bronze medallist.
In the men’s H5 event, Paralympic time trial silver medallist Stuart Tripp (VIC) added the road race green and gold jersey to his time trial national title.
In other events, Simone Kennedy (NSW) sprinted to gold in the WC3 event, just pipping Page Greco (VIC) to the line.
Tasmanian Patrick Best out-sprinted World Championship medallist Kyle Bridgwood (QLD) for the MC4 national title, while Alistair Donohue claimed the green and gold jersey in the MC5 race.
WH1: Emilie MILLER (Bathurst)
MH3: Alexander WELSH (Leongatha)
Men Handcycle MH4: Grant ALLEN (Port Adelaide)
Men Handcycle MH5: Stuart TRIPP (St Kilda)
Men Tricycle MT1: Garry ROBINSON (Camden)
Women Tricycle WT2: Carol COOKE (St Kilda/VIS)
Men Tricycle MT2: Stuart JONES (Newcastle)
Women Cycle WC1: Kaitlyn Dawn SCHURMANN (Geelong)
Men Cycle MC1: Darcy THOMPSON (Port Adelaide)
Men Cycle MC2: Darren HICKS (Kilkenny)
Women Cycle WC3: Simone KENNEDY (Parramatta)
Men Cycle MC3: David NICHOLAS (Mackay
Women Cycle WC4: Meg LEMON (Port Adelaide)
Men Cycle MC4: Patrick BEST (Mersey Valley Devonport)
Women Cycle WC5: Fatema TAJBHAI (St Kilda)
Men Cycle MC5: Alistair DONOHOE (Blackburn)
Women WB: Lindy HOU: (Vikings ACT)
Men MB: Kieran MURPHY: (Norwood)
For the full list of results click here
Dominant Dennis claims third consecutive time trial title; former winners Durbridge and Porte complete podium
Rohan Dennis (SA/BMC Racing Team) underlined his time trial superiority at the 2018 FedUni Road National Championships, winning his third consecutive Australian title ahead of Luke Durbridge (WA/Mitchelton–Scott) and BMC teammate Richie Porte (TAS).
The final rider to start the undulating 40.9 kilometre out-and-back course, Dennis rode at a blistering tempo to finish over one minute ahead of the rest of the field.
“Coming here and winning it, and wearing the jersey for the rest of the year is an honour,” explained Dennis. “It is hard to win, with guys like Richie, Durbo and Miles. It is a pride thing.
“Obviously we have Richie, Simon and the defending champion with Miles, so I am not sure what the plan is,” admitted Dennis. “I just want to come here and have a good hit-out before the Tour Down Under.”
For West Australian Durbridge, a former two-time champion, a silver medal represented an excellent start to the season after his 2017 campaign was marred by a race-ending crash at the Tour de France. Despite being passed by Dennis in the final kilometres, Durbridge recovered to finish 26 seconds ahead of third-placed Porte.
“When he came past I actually thought it was a bit of a blessing because I had to chase him all the way to the line,” said Durbridge. “He passed me like I was standing still.”
2015 champion Riche Porte will be was pleased to again find the podium in the opening racing of the year having making it two BMC Racing Team riders on the podium.
The Fed Uni Road National Championships continue on Saturday with the under 19 men’s and women’s road races and under 23 men’s.
Two-time world championship time trial bronze medallist Katrin Garfoot (QLD) won her third consecutive national title in the discipline, outpacing Lucy Kennedy (QLD /Mitchelton-Scott) and four-time champion Shara Gillow (QLD/FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) as they battled the clock in warm Buninyong conditions on Friday.
"I am pretty stoked as always," said a breathless Garfoot following her win.
"There was a lot of pressure, even though I know I should be in the ball-park because if someone was better than me, then they can be world champion. So it is rather unlikely, but there is always a possibility, always a doubt."
Garfoot overtook five riders on her return home on the out-and-back course, though technical difficulties with the timing meant the Queenslander was not certain of her victory until she crossed the finish line.
"There were not any times out there, so I just had to go hard to the finish," she explained.
Although Garfoot was unsure of her ambitions for Sunday’s road race, she had a number of other goals for a busy 2018. "I’ll make my plans tomorrow," she said of the infamous race around Mount Buninyong. "Tour Down Under, Cadel’s and maybe the Herald Sun Tour.
"Then the team pursuit for Queensland at the Track Nationals, just for something different. And hopefully the Commonwealth Games – fingers crossed!"
For Kennedy, a long-time star of the National Road Series, her first race in the colours of professional team Mitchelton-Scott produced a surprising result.
"It was quite unexpected really," she said. "I was hoping to challenge for the podium, so second was really beyond my expectations," Kennedy explained.
After placing third in last year’s road race, Kennedy was aiming to help Mitchelton-Scott put in another strong team performance, a repeat of the 2017 effort that saw then-team member Garfoot finish atop the podium.
"We have a really strong team and we certainly want to defend the jersey," added Kennedy. "We have a number of people who could do that, so I will have to wait and see what the game plan is."
Four-time national time trial Gillow was unable to match her past success, overtaken by Garfoot on the final section.
Asked whether she was happy with the performance, a dejected Gillow replied honestly. "Not really. But I gave it what I had on the day. It was really fast."
Alex Manly (SA/Mitchelton-Scott) put in an impressive performance to defend her under 23 crown, beating former under 17 national champion Maeve Plouffe (SA/South Australian Institute of Sport) in her first year under 23 and Kerry Jonker (VIC/St Kilda Cycling Club)
Manly was swamped by family following her win with the 21-year-old admitted to having endured pre-race nerves, but they did not bother the Track World Championship medallist.
"I am really happy with how today’s ride went. I was a bit nervous coming in but the girls talked me out of all my crazy thoughts and I had a good ride in the end," said Manly.
Manly also commented on the inspiration she gained from the combined under 23 and elite women’s format, which saw her go head to head with some world class time trialers.
"It is really cool, especially with people like Kat [Garfoot] out there. You don’t get the chance to race against some of the best in the world all that often," she added.
Second place for track specialist Plouffe was an impressive result, as she took a brief break from her training commitments. "That was an incredibly hard course," said Plouffe. "So to get second on my first time doing that course is a pretty good feeling."
For bronze medallist Jonker, the podium finish was a surprise after a tough past month. "I am incredibly happy," she exclaimed. "I cannot say I came into this week expecting anything. I was sick most of December, missed out on the SuperCrit and can’t say I have trained much on my time trial bike. I said I would come here and just ride as hard, fast and consistent as I could."
The Fed Uni Road National Championships continue on Saturday with the under 19 men’s and women’s road races and under 23 men’s.
17-year-old Sarah Gigante (VIC/Holden Team Gusto) followed up her criterium title with victory in the under 19 women's time trial on day three of the 2018 FedUni Road National Championships in Buninyong.
The now dual national champion finished 13 seconds clear of Anya Louw (TAS/Tasmanian Institute of Sport) as Sophie Edwards (SA/South Australian Institute of Sport) rounded out the podium a further 11 seconds back.
"I am pretty happy. I don't think I have ever won a time trial in my life. It is good to see the Zwift training paying off," said an emotional Gigante following the podium.
Gigante preserved her energy early in the race, before storming home from the turn-around point. "I tried not to go out too hard, because with the adrenaline it is easy to do that," she said.
"I paced myself and kept the tempo, and then on the way home tried to catch as many girls as I could."
Gigante was spurred on with a message of support from her brother. "On the way home I saw 'Go Sarah' in chalk on the hills," she explained.
"It was a complete surprise, my brother had gone out and done it this morning. That really made me go faster."
Gigante was not phased by changes to Saturday's road race, which has been moved forward and shortened due to extreme weather. "On Saturdays I normally get up at 5am, so a 6:30am start sounds alright for me!”
Silver medallist Louw admitted she was disappointed with the result, but was hoping to go one better in the road race.
"It is bittersweet as every silver medal is, but that's alright. Tomorrow will be a race of attrition with that climb in there. A lot of different scenarios might play out, so we’ll just see what happens," she added.
Due to a worsening of the extreme weather expected on Saturday in the region, Cycling Australia has made further changes to the day’s schedule of events in Buninyong.
This includes the cancellation of the Gran Fondo National Championships in the morning, which will allow an earlier start to the U19 Women, U19 Men and U23 Men’s Road races.
Cycling Australia has made the decision in conjunction with emergency services and other key stakeholders.
The modified schedule will see the U19 men’s and U19 women’s road races run concurrently from 6.30am on Saturday morning.
Cycling Australia CEO Nick Green OAM said today that the decision was driven by expert advice about the weather conditions, and that safety for everyone was the primary concern.
“It’s disappointing to have to take these measures when we had a strong take up of Gran Fondo entries but I am sure that everyone will understand we must have the best interests of event participants, volunteers and the wider Ballarat and Buninyong communities in mind, given the likely extreme weather,” he said.
“We will continue to monitor the situation and have meetings planned for tomorrow to determine if any further action needs to be taken.”
Cooler temperatures are expected for the Elite road races on Sunday.
The modified schedule for Saturday 6 January is as follows:
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