Grace Brown (Mitchelton-Scott) claimed her maiden national crown with a stirring victory in the time trial at the 2019 Fed Uni Road National Championships in Buninyong on Tuesday. The 2018 National Road Series champion (42mins35.01secs) took the gold ahead of teammate Gracie Elvin (44mins08.63secs) with podium regular Specialized Women’s Racing’s Kate Perry (44mins19.44secs) in third. It was clear from the outset that Brown was on a flyer as the fastest to the turnaround point (19mins45.43secs) of the tough 29.5km time trial course. Victoria’s Brown then powered over the second half to take the win which was met with an embrace by teammates Amanda Spratt and Sarah Roy on the finish line. In the under 23 results, road race champion Sarah Gigante (45:48.52) took the crown while also finishing seventh overall.
Grace Brown “I think with time trialling, the first emotion is always a relief, you always have an idea of what you can do and it’s just a matter of executing that on the day. “I’m just relieved to get the time and be a national champ for the team as well. We had a tough day yesterday so it’s really awesome that we’re leaving with a national championship jersey. “I came out here a few weeks ago and did a practice run and did a time I was really happy with, it was faster than I raced last year and I knew if I could just replicate that I’d be sweet. I had my checkpoints so I was just pacing and keeping calm the whole way and then on the last bit I just gave it everything and actually came in under my time so I’m really happy. “I came here this year really wanting to win and I think when your hungry it becomes a lot easier and from here I sort of see Kat Garfoot’s path as something I can follow and the time it took her to become one of the top time trialists in the world and that’s a path I think I can follow as well.
Sarah Gigante U23 Champion “It was a really hard course as always, I did it last year but this year it was a bit longer. My legs didn’t like it that much after Sunday but I made them listen to me and made them go hard so it was good.
“It’s a really great feeling to win three gold medals, I was hoping to do a bit better at the end of last season, so I just decided to train really hard for Nationals and I’ll be ready, and I guess I was ready and it’s a really satisfying to come away with three (titles) like last year”
Luke Durbridge (Mitchelton-Scott) claimed a third career time trial crown with a determined ride to beat a world-class field at the 2019 FedUni Road National Championships.
Perth’s Durbridge completed the 40.9-kilometre in a time of 51mins01secs to edge three-time national and reigning world champion Bahrain Merida’s Rohan Dennis who was sporting his rainbow jersey (51:22.65) by twenty-one seconds.
Two-time former champion Cameron Meyer (Mitchelton-Scott) clocked 51mins 44secs to complete the podium. QUOTES Luke Durbridge: “It’s been a long time, to be honest, 2013 was the last national championship I think I won. Both races are special to me, I’m such a passionate Aussie and I still just don’t really believe it at the moment because Rohan Dennis is a world champion and he showed he’s the best and full credit to Rohan because I think he’s made us lift, he’s made us lift our game. “Hard work and persistence pays off, it’s been a hell of a week, I’m pretty happy.
Rohan Dennis: “Whoever wins is the best [in time trials].”
“Look, the legs are there. the power was good. As good as any other year, if not just a little bit better. So it’s just about finding out why I didn’t go as quick now and fixing it for the next race. It’s all about trying to figure out how to go a little bit quicker with the equipment that I’ve got.”
“It definitely helps to be beaten by a guy like Durbridge. He’s a good guy. If I can’t wear the jersey, it’s nice that it’s still going to be shown in Europe as well.”
Cameron Meyer: “You stand anywhere near Rohan Dennis and you stand anywhere near Luke Durbridge on a time trial podium you’re doing well. I’m pretty happy to walk away from Buninyong with two medals.
In near perfect conditions, Australia’s next-gen of talent hit the undulating 29.5-kilometre l out-and-back course for the time trial, with Queenslander Liam Magennis (Drapac Cannondale Holistic Development Team) taking the title with a show-stopping time of 38 minutes 3 seconds. Not surprisingly, the podium was completed by pre-race favourites Lucas Plapp (InForm TM-Insight Make) and Samuel Jenner (Team Wiggins Le Col) both finishing inside half a minute behind Magennis.
This hard-fought win – adds to Magennis already impressive palmares which includes the 2018 World University Championships and 2017 Oceania Championships titles.
Liam Magennis: “This is by far the biggest moment in my cycling career. It means a lot.
“I had a head cold after the road race, I’ve been feeling a bit iffy and spent a lot of time in bed the last few days but I came out there today and I had the legs.
“I’ve really been nailing those time trial sessions the last few weeks. I rode a different race today to what I did last year. Last year I rode more to average power and today I put my power in the climbs and really rested on the descents. It paid off in the end.”