Day four of the 2019 FedUni RoadNats saw Australia’s best para-cyclists tackle the tough out-and-back course in windy conditions in Buninyong on Monday morning, with 19 green and gold national champion jerseys awarded.
Fittingly, reigning world champion Emilie Miller shone brightly in her rainbow jersey as the first to leave the start ramp, with the Bathurst cyclist adding to Saturday’s road race gold (1:07:42) in the Handcycle (H-1) 12km final.
As the wind settled, newcomer Paige Greco (SA) covered the 12km course in 19mins 47.3secs to win the Women’s C3 category and her second green and gold jersey of the Championships and her fourth national title in three weeks.
“I’m really happy with how I went, I did better than my time last year so I’m very happy,” said Greco, who won road race gold on Saturday and dual national crowns on the track in December.
“It was good going down, really fast going down. I had to work a bit harder coming back because there was a bit of a crosswind and I had to go up a few hills, but I was happy with my time.”
After missing his start time by two minutes due to mechanical issues, David Nicholas powered to a stunning four-second win despite the additional time penalty in the C3 21.6km final (35:13.0).
Adelaide’s Darren Hicks nabbed another green and gold jersey in the C2 21.6km race, clocking in at 33:50.2secs despite mechanical issues throughout the race.
“Today was a bit iffy, we chose the wrong front wheel and the side wind was actually really strong, so we sort of battled a fair bit on the way up,” said Hicks. “Then after the turn around point, I dropped a chain, and judging by the little computer we’ve got in there it says it was about a 40 or 50 second time drop.
“But I couldn’t be prouder to win, other than a rainbow jersey it’s the next best thing that’s for sure. Just happy to start doing the good times and the good speeds in the lead up to Tokyo so hopefully it all comes together like the dream in my head.”
2016 Paralympic Games time trial silver medallist Kyle Bridgwood stopped the clock in a strong time of 43mins 17.5secs to claim gold in the men’s C4 29.5km race.
“It feels really good, it was a tough day out there with a tough course but it was pretty good conditions. Felt like a tailwind out. I think the wind dropped off which was good.” said Bridgwood.]The final rider to start was 2018 road world champion Alistair Donohoe (VIC) who set off down the ramp less than twenty-four hours after finishing the elite men’s road race on Sunday, he came in with the best time of the day on the 29.5km course (40:52.1) to win the C5 category.
“I didn’t feel the greatest this morning, the team was pretty happy last night and we were out for some celebrations, so I really had to dig deep to find anything in me this morning, but I managed to pull out a good time so I’m pretty happy with that,” said Donohoe.
“It’s a fantastic feeling (to win), I’m pretty glad to be able to back up and pull on the green and gold for the time trial this morning particularly after sitting out of Saturday’s para road race as I felt a sense of missing out on Saturday even though I had to look at the bigger picture.”
List of Para-cycling Time trial winners