Day three of the 2020 Federation University Road National Championships got underway with riders hitting the Sturt Street criterium course in Ballarat for the Fixed Gear Championships on Friday afternoon.
Taking on a modified course that included a new technical section, it was Castlemaine’s Emma Jackson who claimed the green and gold jersey for the women’s after starting strong and holding her lead throughout the race. Jackson has been in excellent form lately, coming into the nationals after a win at the Shimano Super Crit in December.
“This is awesome, this is my first ever jersey and I’m so excited, I really wanted a jersey,” said Jackson, who also won a national title on the track earlier in the year at the 2019 Masters Championships in Brisbane.
“I was really lucky to start off strong with the men and put a gap between my competitor and I and I just crawled my way to the finish line. That hill up Sturt St is so hard, you know it’s going to be tough but it’s so much harder than you ever expect.”
Adelaide Thompson (Brunswick Cycling Club) finished with the silver.
Brunswick riders dominated the men’s category with the entire podium represented by the club. Derek Holland won the national title in commanding fashion, he attacked from the start and finished with a sprint to the line to lap the entire field.
Clubmates Daniel Warfe and Che Dungey finished the race in second and third respectively.
“I wasn't sure of my plan, I just went hard into the first corner and realised I had put quite a big gap on everyone and felt like holding it off. I sort of made it a game of trying to lap the field at that point rather than be in the bunch sprint,” Said Holland.
“I am proud to come here and represent the forever two wheels crew and the G for G gang I ride with back in Melbourne.
“I am proud to come out and show what fixed gear is all about. It is really nice to have a national championship.
“I hope more people come to the track, it's a great sport, it is a different dynamic than road racing. I really want to see the sport get bigger. It is certainly getting bigger across the world and I think it has the potential to be a really powerful and interesting sport in Australia.”