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.”