Australian Road Champs - U19 winners Trezise & Fuller
U19 Men's road race recap
In the under 19 men’s race Declan Trezise (Darling Downs Cycling Club/Futuro Cycling) claimed his second title of the 2020 nationals with an emphatic win ahead of time trial champion Patrick Eddy (Bendigo & District CC) and Sunshine Coast’s Alastair Mackellar.
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Alexander Micallef made the first major attack pulling away for an 18 second lead as he entered the bell lap. Eddy, Trezise, James Derrick (Midland CC) and Alex Bogna (Marconi CC) attacked from the peloton and joined Micallef as they made their way through Federation University.
Trezise was too strong in the sprint as he edged out Eddy who took silver and Mackellar who crossed the line in third place.
"The feeling hasn’t quite sunk in yet I don't think, but this is amazing,” said Trezise. "We started with 87 riders or something like that today and each lap sort of shed a few riders and I managed to be there on the last lap and followed the right move.
"When the move went I was just in pain, lactic acid was all through my body and it was just pure agony but we got over the final KOM climb and had a bit of a gap on the main field and we worked well together to get to the end."
U19 Women's Road Race
Dubbo CC's Haylee Fuller completed the nationals double by winning the Under 19 women’s road race on the fourth day of the 2020 Federation University Road National Championships on Saturday.
Fuller, in her first Road Nationals, tackled the 69.6 km Buninyong course with a field of 19 other juniors and was part of a breakaway that included defending champion Francesca Sewell (Gold Coast Cycling Club), Catelyn Turner (Launceston City Cycling Club), Alyssa Polites (Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club) and Eloise Sandow (Norwood Cycling Club).
As the bell rang for the last lap the lead group was down to three riders with a 43-second gap on Sewell and Sandow. Sewell bridged the gap and attacked with about 500 metres to go causing the final sprint to begin early.
Fuller managed to hold off Polites and Turner who finished second and third respectively to become the 2020 junior road race champion, she also claimed the criterium title on Friday.
"I'm really stoked, I came here hoping to take this race and it's pretty exciting to pull it off, I'm speechless really,” said Fuller.
"This is my first time here so it's pretty exciting to take both of my wins against a pretty strong field.
"It was pretty tough every lap up the climb and Alyssa was driving it most of the race and then we got down to three riders left before Franky (Sewell) caught us with 500 to go which caught us all by surprise so the sprint got started a little bit earlier than expected."
World Champions Tackle Buninyong Road Race Course Para-cycling recap
The 2020 Federation University Road National Championships moved to Buninyong on Saturday with Australia’s para-cycling world champions tackling the tough Mt Buninyong road course, while the newly introduced category for cyclists with an intellectual impairment celebrated their maiden road titles.
Sporting the rainbow jersey, Bathurst’s reigning world champion Emilie Miller took gold in the women’s handcycle final.
“Always an honour to wear the rainbows jerseys and at national championships to be able to come away with a gold medal, I am really pleased with the result,” said Miller, who unfortunately crashed during her ride in Wednesday’s time trial.
“I think from being able to come back from the crash in the time trial and to ride the road race as well as I did today, I am really happy.”
Following his victory in Wednesday’s time trial, Melbourne’s Stuart Tripp secured the double with gold in the H5 road race.
“Very happy, compared to last year, today’s course my splits were a lot better and it was a much better ride,” said Tripp, who covered the four laps of the challenging course in 1hr 19.25mins. “I knocked a few minutes off my time from last year so I am really happy with today.”
Targetting a third Paralympic selection for Tokyo 2020, Tripp is ready and eager for the challenge ahead.
“It is a big year for everyone, you have started to feel the build-up. It all ramps up from here. It is an all or nothing year for us.
“With the build-up, you have a massive competition with yourself. And that is what it is all about, you competing against yourself to be in the best shape you can be, do the extra training, tick your boxes and make sure everything is perfect.”
Fellow dual gold medallist on the week Meg Lemon was pleased with her performance despite being in the midst of an intense track period,
“It has been a really good Championships despite not having done as much road prep as we would have liked. It was good to come out here on a hilly course and see where we were at,” said Lemon, who contested the 2019 Track World Cup last month in Brisbane, and will head to the 2020 Track World Championships later next week.
“The past couple of months I have had some improvements particularly on the track and now coming onto the road, improvements in both the time trial and road race, and now I am trying to put a few things into play today that I learned last year racing internationally. Things are moving in the right direction and looking good.”
Saturday also saw the first road national crowns awarded for cyclists with an intellectual impairment, wth Andre Ascui was ecstatic after claiming the gold in the men’s event. Ascui covered four laps of the 10-kilometre course in 1hour 20:41secs
“Pretty happy, but tired. The ride was good, a bit windy, I just stayed patient and kept going through the climbs,” said Ascui who enjoyed being a part of the first-ever National Championships.
“Being involved in this event is really amazing, we love competing, and being with all the other events, meeting new friends, doing everyone proud.”
Georgia Powning claimed the double for the Championships with a convincing win in the women’s event. Powning, who claimed time trial gold on Wednesday, clocked 1hour 8mins across the three laps. “I put on the small chainring today and then stayed at the front and held on to the finish.
“The week has been good, my legs are a bit tight but that’s ok. My friends did well, everyone did really well.”
U23 Men's Result
- Lucas PLAPP (InForm TM Insight Make) 37:43.77
- Kelland O'BRIEN (Australian Cycling Team) +14.6
- Carter TURNBULL (InForm TM Insight Make)
Elite Men's Result
- Luke DURBRIDGE (Mitchelton-Scott)
- Rohan DENNIS (Team Ineos)
- Chris HARPER (Team Jumbo-Visma)
U23 Women's results
- Sarah GIGANTE* (Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank)
- Jaime GUNNING* (Specialized Women's Racing)
- Emily WATTS* (Subaru Giant Women
Elite Women's results
- Sarah GIGANTE* (Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank)
- Grace BROWN (Mitchelton Scott)
- Emily HERFOSS (Roxsolt Attaquer)