The 2018 FedUni Road National Championships continued Thursday with Para-cyclists testing themselves against the clock in Buninyong, with Para-cycling included for the first time.
Three-time Paralympic gold medallist Carol Cooke AM (VIC) took out the 12km women’s T2 in a time of 23mins 45.79secs).
“It’s really great to be part of this whole week of cycling here in Ballarat and to have Para Cycling looked at as just another discipline is a big step in the right direction and kudos to Cycling Australia for doing it,” said Cooke.
“It’s a very tough course. Most of our time trial courses are flat, so there’s a huge difference because there is nothing flat about this course,” quipped Cooke.
Rio Paralympic silver medallist Stuart Tripp (VIC) clocked his fifth national title, winning the men’s H5. Tripp completed the undulating 21-kilometre course in 38mins 31.12secs to take the gold.
“The course was fantastic, I loved it,” said Tripp. “The course was a lot more up and down than previous years but it was good to shake it up a little bit. I’m very happy.
“Normally we have our national championships in the middle of nowhere and there’s no atmosphere. To be finally included in the whole racing festival in Ballarat is so good.”
Winning herself a gold medal on her birthday, Simone Kennedy (NSW) took out the 12km women’s C3 classification in 21mins 44.61secs.
“It’s my birthday today so it’s nice to win on my birthday,” Kennedy said. “It was probably the toughest 12kms I’ve raced in my life.
“I left it all out there, I caught Paige about halfway on the way back but then she got me on the last hill. I knew I had already caught her, so I just finished as strongly as I could.”
In other cyclist categories 2015 world champion Kyle Bridgwood (QLD) claimed the men’s C4, 2012 London Paralymic champion David Nicholas (QLD) and Rio Paralympic medallist Alistair Donohoe (VIC) take out the men’s C5 category and Kyle Bridgewood win the C4. Darcy Thompson (SA) and Darren Hicks (SA) emerged on top in the C1 and C2 respectively.
Kaitlyn Dawn Schurmann (VIC-C1), Hannah MacDougall (SA-C4) and Fatema Tajbhai (VIC-C5), Grant Allen (SA-H4), Garry Robinson (NSW-T1), Alexander Welsh (VIC-H3) and Stuart Jones (T2) also pulled on the green and gold.
Tandem titles went to 2004 Paralympic sprint champion Lindy Hou (ACT) and Pilot Kerry Knowler (ACT). While the men’s went to Kieran Murphy (SA) and Lachlan Glaspool (SA)
2018 Australia Para-cycling Road National Champions:
MH3: Alexander Welsh (41:20.93)
MH4: Grant Allen (38:58.18)
MH5: Stuart Tripp (38:31.12)
MT1: Garry Robinson (29:35.76)
WT2: Carol Cooke (23:45.79)
MT2: Stuart Jones (22:38.39)
MC1: Darcy Thompson (40:14.95)
MC2: Darren Hicks (33:46.79)
MC3: David Nicholas (33:19.59)
MC4: Kyle Bridgewood (43:18.32)
WC1: Kaitlyn Dawn Schurmann (30:53.49)
WC3: Simone Kennedy (21:44.61)
WC4: Hannah MacDougall (38:40.59)
WC5: Fatema Tajbhai (38:11.30)
MC5: Alistair Donohoe (41:32.97)
WB: Lindy Hou (55:07.19)
MB: Kieran Murphy (40:13.14)