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PIROTTA AND MACDONALD CROWNED U19 CRITERIUM NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

Western Australia’s Darcy Pirotta and Newcastle’s Nicola Macdonald have been crowned Under 19 Criterium National Champions after sprinting to victory in Nerang on Saturday.

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Pirotta, who won bronze in February’s Oceania Road Race Championships, pipped Victoria’s Kelland O’Brien for honours in a lunge to the line, which called for photo confirmation.

The win adds to a successful season for Pirotta, who claimed bronze in February’s Oceania Road Race Championships and finished eighth in Friday’s time trial championships.

For O’Brien, the silver medal comes as he prepares to make his Australian debut at the 2015 UCI Junior Track World Championships next month.

Victoria’s Ross Gordon clinched bronze.

On day two of the championships, riders took to the start line in Queensland’s South-East town of Nerang to compete for criterium honours on a tough course, punctured with a steep climb.

In the women’s race, Newcastle’s Nicola Macdonald notched up a second national crown for the state, after Modanville’s Anna-Leeza Hull took home the time trial title.

In another hard fought battle, Macdonald managed to get the better of reining team pursuit junior world champion Danielle McKinnirey (SA) in the throw to the line.

Victoria’s Ruby Roseman-Gannon rounded out the podium.

The championships conclude on Sunday with the under-19 men and women’s road races in Currumbin Valley.

Cycling Australia Under 19 Road National Championships to be held from July 10 – 12 with the Championships taking in the Southern Queensland’s Elanora / Currumbin Valley region which will host the 2018 Commonwealth Games’ road race.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held at Gold Coast City, Queensland from 4-15 April 2018 with three disciplines of cycling: Track, Road and Mountain Bike.

The Australian Commonwealth Games Association’s Gold Coast GOLD 2018 Team Preparation program will help to ensure that all cyclists receive the best access to training and competition opportunities, equipment and world-class athlete support services in the lead up to the Games.

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