On the opening day of the Cycling Australia under 19 Road National Championships in Canberra, South Australia’s Callum Scotson and New South Wales’ Anna-Leeza Hull were crowned individual time trial champions.
Scotson was one of the final riders to head off on the 22 kilometre out-and-back course along Canberra’s Uriarra road, and battled gusty winds to pass two riders on his way to the finish.
A member of the 2014 junior track world championships team, Scotson stopped the clock in 31 minutes, 44.12 seconds to beat early leader and 2014 Oceania road race champion Lucas Hamilton (31:46.53/VIC) by a narrow 2.4 seconds.
Victorian Angus Lyons rounded out the podium with a time of 32 minutes, 10.66 seconds, 26 seconds off the pace.
In the women’s event, riders battled heavy fog as they completed a similar 15 kilometre out-and-back course at Stromlo.
17-year-old Anna-Leeza Hull blitzed the field on her way to claiming the national title, passing almost half a dozen riders out on course to win by a dominant 44 seconds.
In her first year in the under 19 age category, Hull stopped the clock in an exciting 23 minutes, 56.23 seconds, more than 44 seconds ahead of silver medallist Macey Stewart (24:40.63/TAS) who will represent Australia at the junior track world championships in Korea next month.
Defending champion and reigning world time trial bronze medallist Alexandra Manly (SA), took bronze in a time of 24 minutes, 45.39 seconds, 49 seconds in arrears.
Hailing from Modanville, a small rural town 12 kilometres north of Lismore, Hull has shown impressive form in the elite women’s National Road Series recently finishing third overall at the Battle on the Border.
The Under 19 Road National Championships double as the final selection race for the UCI Junior Road World Championships.
The championships continue on Saturday with men and women's road race titles before concluding on Sunday, July 6 with the criterium national championships.
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