The National Team Criterium Championships managed to escape the wind and rain on the third day of the 2020 Federation University Road National Championships in Ballarat.
Harlequin claimed the title in the men’s 150 category with 52 points as all four riders finished in the top five. They finished 33 points ahead of MWCC (19) who secured second, while Randwick Cycling Club rounded out the podium on 13.
Illawarra Cycle Club finished with 60 points to win the men’s 180 category, MWCC took silver with 23 points.
“We got ourselves a coach and he trained our backsides off for six months and it paid off. We spent ten hours in the car as a team and also got the silver medal in the team trial,” said the Illawarra riders.
“We are going to have a lot of pride to be able to take this back to our club in Illawarra. We came second last year so one better this year.”
In the men’s 90 division, Hunter District Cycling Club (43) finished 13 points ahead of St Kilda (30) to win the green and gold jerseys, MWCC grabbed their third podium finish of the day with bronze.
Norwood Cycling Club won the men’s 120 category ending the race with 36 points. Cradle Coast (26) and St Kilda (26) finished second and third.
In the women’s, St Kilda took out all three national titles, they claimed the green and gold jerseys in the women’s 90, 120 and 150 categories.
“This is really exciting, it is always great to get out and race. The team element is very important, but it is important to be competitive if that is what your goal is,” said St Kilda rider Meredith Clark.
“You're all friends to start with, but as soon as you get out on the course you become a racer.
“I am a true believer of mentoring younger or newer riders coming through, I think it is really important. I want all women to feel comfortable racing, it is really important to have a friendly environment and encouragement.
“I love helping all women who ride, even girls who aren't in my club, I help my competitors, riders from other clubs, even if they are just out on the road, or who I am racing against, I think it is good for women to stick together and help each other along.”