2018 FedUni #RoadNats Road Race Preview

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1 Jan 2018 Cycling Australia

The 2018 FedUni Cycling Australia Road National Championships features three days of thrilling road race action. It all starts with the Para-cycling on Friday 5 before under 19, under 23 and elite fields tackle the infamous Mt Buninyong on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7.

What's On

Friday January 5th – Para-cycling

Women H1, Men H1 & Women H4 9:00
Men T1-2 and Women T2 9:05
Women C1-5 and Men C1-2 9:10
Men H3-H5 11:30
Men & Women Tandem 11:35
Men C3-5 11:45

Saturday January 6th

U19 Women 9:00 (69.6km/6x11.6km laps)
U19 Men 10:30 (104.4km/9x11.6km laps)
U23 Men 3:00 (139.2km/12x11.6km laps)

Sunday January 7th

U23 & Elite Women 8:50 (104.4km/9x11.6km laps)
Elite Men 12:15 (185.6km/16x11.6km laps)

The Course

An expanded 11.6 kilometre route sees the under 19, under 23 and elite races pass through the campus of Federation Uni, while still tackling Mt Buninyong. Under 19 women will cover six laps of the course, under 19 men and under 23 & elite women nine, under 23 men 12 and the elite men 16.

The Para-cycling fields will cover laps of a flat 12.1 kilometre circuit with the different categories covering between one and seven laps of the course.


Para-cycling


U19, U23 and Elite

Who's Riding

Miles Scotson (SA) is back with a strong BMC lineup that also includes two time winner Simon Gerrans (VIC) and time trial champions Rohan Dennis (SA) and Richie Porte (TAS). Luke Durbridge (WA) is the only other former winner on the start like and his Mitchelton-Scott lineup includes former medallists Cameron Meyer (WA) Caleb Ewan (NSW), Mathew Hayman (ACT), former time trial winner Michael Hepburn (QLD), Damien Howson (SA) and former under 23 medallists Alex Edmondson (SA), Lucas Hamilton (VIC) and Robert Power (WA).

Bronze medallist 12 months ago Nathan Haas (ACT), plus Cameron Bayly (VIC), Nathan Earle (TAS), Brendan Canty (VIC), Jay McCarthy (QLD), Mark O'Brien (VIC) and Robbie Hucker (VIC) all finished in the front group last year will fancy their chances at a podium finish. As will Mountain Bikers and Rio Olympians Scott Bowden (TAS) and Daniel McConnell (ACT). Or can sprinters Steele von Hoff (VIC) and Brenton Jones (VIC) snare a spot in the top three?

Between them Katrin Garfoot (QLD), Amanda Spratt (NSW), Peta Mullens (VIC) and Gracie Elvin (ACT) have claimed the last six titles and all four are back chasing another year in the green and gold. Lucy Kennedy (QLD) outraced a number of more fancied rivals and with wins in Europe will be hoping to take the top step this year.

Tiffany Cromwell (SA), Rachel Neylan (NSW), Shara Gillow (QLD), Lauren Kitchen (NSW) have all found the podium in the past and will be hoping 2018 is their year. Or can Chloe Hosking (ACT) or former under 23 winners Shannon Malseed (VIC) and Janelle Crooks (QLD) spring a surprise?

Alex Manly (SA) leads the chase for the under 23 crown though with Josie Talbot (NSW) back from an outstanding season in the US and Kristina Clonan (QLD) it will be an exciting race.

In the under 23 men's Samuel Jenner (NSW) will look to defend his title following a stunning ride last year, while runner up Alex Porter (SA) will be looking to take the top step of the podium. Callum Scotson (SA) is hoping to add the road race title to his time trial crowns and Sebastian Berwick (QLD) steps up from under 19. Other names to keep an eye on are Liam Mangennis (ACT)), Cyrus Monk (VIC), Robert Stannard (NSW), Sam Welsford (WA), Reece Tucknott (WA) and Dylan Sunderland (NSW).

In the under 19 races Anya Louw (TAS) will be eying gold after a strong season in the National Road Series. Sarah Gigante (VIC), Sophie Edwards SA) and Alex Martin Wallace (QLD) will also be names to watch.

Blake Quick
(QLD) will be hoping to carry his omnium form from December to another green and gold jersey though with Mitchell Wright (NSW), Luke Plapp (VIC), Zachary Marshall (NSW), Samuel Buckell (VIC) and James Moriarty (QLD) it will be a highly competitive field.

Rainbows will be in action in the Para-cycling events with Carol Cooke (VIC) looking to add another green and gold jersey to her collection. Former world champion Alistair Donohoe (VIC) and Kyle Bridgwood (QLD), plus Stuart Tripp (VIC), Simone Kennedy (VIC), David Nicholas (QLD) and Meg Lemon (SA) add to the exciting fields.

Fan Spots

With a slight increase in the course length to 11.6 kilometres there is even more great places to watch the race. A KOM shuttle takes you from Buninyong to Mt Buninyong providing easy access.

Capture It

Looking for the best position to take a selfie or artistic photo for Facebook or Instagram, then try these locations for starters!

The Mt Buninyong Climb at its iconic best. Capture pain faces as the riders approach, then turn around and shoot the colour of the crowd as the riders reach the summit.

Fiskin Road Descent. Turn the shutter speed up as you capture the peloton weaving down this fast paced descent. You will need to be quick.

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