Luke Durbridge (Mitchelton-Scott) secured back-to-back time trial crowns with a dominant performance in the race against the clock at the 2020 Federation University Road National Championships in Ballarat on Wednesday.
Eight years after claiming his first elite national time trial title, Durbridge, 28, added a fourth career time trial national title with a stellar ride across the new challenging and technical 19-kilometre course which started and finished at Federation University.
“It just gets more and more special and I think when you win them as a young guy, you don’t realise how special they are, and how hard they are to come by,” said Durbridge.
Durbridge clocked 46mins 18.8secs to hold off the rainbow jersey of reigning world champion Rohan Dennis (Team Ineos) by seventeen seconds, with Chris Harper (Team Jumbo-Visma) a further one and a half minutes behind in third.
Elite Men's Result
Victoria’s Alyssa Polites (Sydney-Uni Staminade) reigned supreme at the U19 individual time trial championships, edging out 2019 champion Frankie Sewell (Roxsolt-ATTAQUER), and Taswegian Catelyn Turner (TIS Racing).
When asked how the race unfolded for her, Polites said “At the start, it was straight over the hill, and then it was trying to get tempo and leg speed, a lot of wind out there, but otherwise it was a good hard course.”
“This is my first U19 race, so it was a longer distance than my junior races, it was really challenging!”
1. Alyssa POLITES
2. Francesca SEWELL
3. Catelyn TURNER
U19 Men's Recap
Pat Eddy (Inform TM Insight MAKE) successfully defended his U19 individual time trial on the new Federation University campus course. The 18-year-old bested Alastair MacKellar (Sunshine Coast Cycling Club) by a massive 58 seconds. Hawthorn Cycling Club’s Zac Kelly took home the bronze, finishing a further 10 seconds behind.
“I’m pretty stoked, I’ve been putting a lot of time in on the time trial bike and a bit of pressure going into this event, so I am really stoked to take the win.”
When asked about the course, he added, “It was really fun. After a few trial trials runs, I was really impressed with it. You always love a course that you win on.”
1. Patrick EDDY (Bendigo & District CC)
2. Alastair MACKELLAR (Sunshine Coast Cycling Club)
3. Zac KELLY (Hawthorn Cycling Club)
Reigning world champions Alistair Donohoe, Carol Cooke, David Nicholas and Paige Greco swapped their rainbow jerseys for green and gold jerseys after claiming time trial gold on the opening day of the 2020 Federation University Road National Championships in Ballarat on Wednesday.
A new time trial course greeted the riders with the challenging and technical out and back course starting and finishing at Federation University, and featuring a flat section along Yankee Flat Road and a more technical section around the campus.
Carol Cooke claimed a ninth straight time trial national crown in the T2 category, covering two laps of the 8-kilometre course in 38mins 54.87secs.
“It is such an honour to win this, today was a tough day. It was tough going up the hill the second time,” said Victoria’s Cooke, who praised event organisers for their inclusiveness at the Championships.
“It was such an honour to have para-cycling included in the National Championships a few years ago, and now this year we see the inclusion of riders with an intellectual impairment which is fantastic.
“As a country, we are way ahead of everybody else in terms of inclusiveness and I am really proud of this fact.”
Australia’s para-cyclists enjoyed a stellar 2019 on both the road at track, with Cooke quick to praise the Australian Cycling Team’s para-cycling program.
“At the 2019 World Championships, Australia was the top nation, it was absolutely fantastic. We have such a great team. We have really good support, great leaders in the team through Warren McDonald, Cam Jenn ings and Dave Betts. It is a privilege to be on such a great team, a real family.”
Victoria’s Alistair Donohoe shone in his rainbow jersey as he won his third consecutive green and gold jersey in the C5 final, negotiating three laps of the course in 35mins 28.03 seconds.
“To be in my home state and in front of friends and family, to be in the rainbows. It is a pretty special feeling,” said Donohoe. “I had really good sensations out there today, it was a nice course, a refreshing change to the traditional courses over the past few years.”
With Donohoe chasing a second Paralympic selection for the Tokyo 2020 Games, it was the perfect start to the season. “The win is a great way to start the season. It is also really good preparation for the Tokyo Paralympic Games, real technical, lots of ups and downs, not a lot of rhythm so you had to keep concentrating.”
Brisbane’s David Nicholas won his C3 category for a ninth straight year, while Adelaide’s Paige Greco defended her C3 event.
2019 world and defending champions Emilie Miller and Emily Petricola, unfortunately, crashed on course and did not finish the race. Miller suffered scratches, while Petricola required stitches on her elbow.
A five dollar donation will be made to the Bendigo Bank National Bushfire Disaster Appeal on behalf of every participant in Saturday’s Federation University Road National Gran Fondo Championships.
Bendigo Bank has established a National Bushfire Disaster Appeal - in partnership with The Salvation Army - to help those devastated by bushfires across Australia.
One hundred percent of funds donated to the Bushfire Disaster Appeal will be directed to communities affected by the fires, and donors can nominate the geographical location they would like to direct their funds to.
Further donations to the Appeal can be made at any Bendigo Bank branch or online.
Cycling Australia and GTR events look forward to providing a positive cycling and entertainment event for the whole family to enjoy, and to raise much-needed funds for those communities devastated by bushfires.
Members from the Buninyong & District Community Bendigo Bank will have a visible presence at each day of the Federation University Road Nationals, so we ask that all spectators and participants please seek them out and give generously.
20-year-old Victorian Georgia Powning has taken out the inaugural National Championship for the category of “cyclists with an intellectual impairment”. Preston Cycling Club’s Powning edged out fellow Victorians Chloe Turner by 1min 39.2sec, with Montana Whiteley rounding out the podium.
When asked how it felt Powning said: “It feels pretty good, I feel happy inside and feel really proud. It’s really exciting”
The up and coming rider represented Australia on the world stage in two sports at the 2019 INAS Global Games in Brisbane, finishing just off the podium in fourth in the cycling, whilst scored a bronze in the running.
When asked how she found the course was for the National Championship, Downing said: “It was good, very tough, very hilly but I kept changing my gear and staying out of my saddle and just pushing my legs along.”
Brunswick Cycling Club’s Nathan Broeren took out the men’s title, beating home Harry Mezger in a margin of 2mins11.8secs. Andre Ascui secured an all Victorian podium as he took home the bronze medal.
When asked how it felt, Broeren quipped: “It’s always good to win something, I’ve been waiting for it all year. It’s very good that [this category] is included in the Road Nationals, so I’m very happy.
“I’ve only been a Brunswick member for a year now and they’ve been great to me, so I look forward to showing them [the medal]”.
Result: Men Intellectually Impaired
1. Nathan BROEREN (AUS)
2. Harry MEZGER (AUS)
3. Andre ASCUI (AUS)
Result: Women Intellectually Impaired
1. Georgia POWNING (AUS)
2. Chloe TURNER (AUS)
3. Montana WHITELEY (AUS)
Cycling Australia (CA) and Event Organisers are currently monitoring Victoria’s bushfire emergency and any potential impact to those participating or attending the 2020 Federation University Road National Championships scheduled for January 8-12.
CA and Event Organisers have been in regular contact with the CFA, Victoria Police and Ballarat City Council with regards to the risk of bushfire in the region, the air quality situation, and the weather forecast.
The situation will also be monitored by the Event Control Centre on-site each day of the Championships.
Any and all decisions regarding the event will be guided by the advice and information obtained from the above discussions with participants and stakeholders to be provided with updates as required.
Event Organisers will remain in regular contact with the region’s CFA Headquarters for daily updates.
The current Fire Danger Ratings can be found here: cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/central-fire-district
CA conducts all events in accordance with the AIS best practice guidelines on Smoke Pollution and Exercise. Read more about the Guidelines here: ais.gov.au/smoke_pollution_and_exercise
Event Organisers will be testing the air quality with reports to be received twice daily and will also take advice from the official medical supplier and race doctor.
Currently, planning does not demonstrate any hazardous Air Quality Levels during the event.
Event Organisers are monitoring daily forecasts and as of Monday 6 January, forecasts are favourable.
Ballarat weather observations: bom.gov.au/places/vic/ballarat
The VicEmergency app and/or website at www.emergency.vic.gov.au/respond/ is the recommended place for Victorians to find emergency information and warnings.
Information can also be obtained by tuning in to ABC local radio, or other emergency broadcasters including radio or SKY News, by following VicEmergency on Facebook or Twitter.
Via roadnationals.org.au or cycling.org.au