CYCLING AUSTRALIA ROAD NATIONALS : 2020
The annual Cycling Australia Road Nationals were held in Ballarat from the 8th until the 12th of January, 2020. 39 West Australian riders from the U19, U23, Open, and Para ranks made the trip across the Nullabor to take on the best riders in Australia (and, arguably, the world) across the five days of competition.
Across the week, WA riders executed multiple stunning athletic performances, claiming four National titles, 1 KOM jersey, nine podium finishes, and twenty top ten results. Let’s review some of the best WA moments from the 2020 National titles!
DAYS ONE & TWO : INDIVIDUAL TIME TRIALS
The Para athletes kick started the week of racing, with all three WA Para athletes hailing from local club ATTA (Australian Time Trials Association) claiming a podium finish!
Hayden Long (pictured left) took home the gold medal in the Men’s C4 division. Andrew Bannister (pictured right) rode to silver in Men’s T2, and Richard Williams to bronze in Men’s H4. What an outstanding result!
Each of these riders backed up these results to the letter with identical results the next day as part of the UCI C1 event run in conjunction with the Road National events. Congratulations!
In the Men’s U19 category, WA claimed an impressive three top-10 finishes. Matthew Connan (PDCC) had a great start to the week with a very respectable 5th place in the ITT, followed by Jay Lindorff (PDCC) in 7th place, and James Derrick (Midland) in 9th.
Tyler Lindorff (PDCC) matched his younger brother Jay’s result of 7th place in the U23 Men’s category. Impressively, across the U19 and U23 Men, all our riders finished in the top 30, demonstrating the strength of the local time trialing scene. A particular thanks is extended to ATTA for providing the opportunity to cut their teeth on home soil!
Last but not least, who could forget the picture perfect finish by time-trial specialist and local favourite, Luke Durbridge, who successfully defended his Elite title for the second year in a row. To make this win even more impressive, Luke secured the win over current World Champion in the ITT, Rohan Dennis, by a comfortable 17.5 seconds. Michael Freiberg rounded out the top 10 in 9th place.
DAY THREE : CRITERIUMS
On Day 3 of racing, conditions were especially challenging, with a much-needed downpour of rain coinciding with the start of the Criteriums in the centre of Ballarat. Thankfully all of our riders stayed out of trouble on the slippery roads!
Teneal Attard (SPCC) rode dominantly in the Women’s U23/Elite combined Criterium to 10th place with +0 seconds in a bunch kick finish, and Dharlia Haines finished 11th in the U19’s race earlier in the day.
In the Under 23 Men, rising track star Conor Leahy (PDCC, left) claimed second place in an extremely challenging race with only 20 finishers from 63 starters! Conor’s second behind multiple world and national champion Kell O’Brien shows that he is willing and able to put his hand up as opportunities start to come about during the Olympic cycle. Fantastic result Conor!
Last but certainly not least, Sam Welsford (Northern Beaches CC) took home a fantastic win in the Elite Men’s Criterium in a hectic bunch sprint finish! Sam continues to go from strength to strength on both the track and on the road, and this win is perfectly timed ahead of his selection to Team Uni-SA for the upcoming Tour Down Under. With the kind of form he is displaying this early in the season, we are excited to see him in action in Tokyo later this year!
DAYS FOUR AND FIVE : ROAD RACES
Day 4 played host to the Para cycling, Junior and Under 23 Road Races.
In the Para category, Andrew Bannister and Richard Williams picked up another round of 2nd and 3rd place respectively, capping off a 3 for 3 podium finish for each rider. Congratulations!
In the Junior Men, Jay Lindorff and James Derrick continued their strong performances, both boasting another top 10 finish in 6th and 7th place respectively. Watch this space!
A special mention goes out to Matthew Connan, who claimed the King of the Mountain jersey on the day! James Derrick came second to Matt by just one point on the King of the Mountain standings, with both riders cresting the climb first overall an impressive three times each. Matt was able to snag the jersey by crossing in third place earlier in the race to secure the 1 point lead. An awesome result by both riders!
In the Under 23 Men, Tyler Lindorff placed an impressive fourth place in a tough race where over 50 riders were unable to finish. Tyler is another rider to keep an eye on in the coming years. Like Sam, he has also been selected to Team Uni-SA and has posted many consistently high results over the past 18 months. Great work Tyler!
Finally, in the Men’s Road Race on Day 5, Cameron Meyer became the first Australian man to claim all three Road National Championships after securing an emotional victory in Buninyong. 12 years after his first ride in the Elite Men’s race at just 21 years of age (and placing fourth), and Cam completed the third jewel in his crown with a win in the Criterium, Time Trial and finally, Road Race. He was also the third Elite Male from Western Australia to secure a national title during the week, proving just how strong riders from Western Australia are on the national stage!
Supported by Mitchelton-SCOTT teammate, 2020 Time Trial Champion and fellow West Australian Luke Durbridge (4th overall), Cam broke away furiously to secure the solo win. On the line, his emotional reaction demonstrated the enormity of winning this epic race, and it will be very exciting to see the National Jersey on his back in the Pro Peloton next year. On behalf of all West Australians, congratulations Cameron Meyer!
WestCycle would also like to acknowledge the outgoing National Champion, Michael Freiberg, who spent a fantastic year in the Champion’s jersey, and put in an outstanding effort across the week. It is wonderful to see the National stripes remain with a West Australian, and we are sure to see another strong year from Freiberg locally, nationally and internationally in the ACA colours!
On behalf of the WA cycling community, we would like to congratulate every single rider who entered the National Championships and put in their best efforts across an incredibly tough five days of racing. The full results of all WA riders are as below:
Hayden Long (MC4) – ATTA ITT 1ST (42:21.09)
Richard Williams (MH4) – ATTA ITT 3RD (+11:05.8) / RR 3RD (+24:56)
Andrew Bannister (MT2) – ATTA ITT 2ND (+40.2) RR 2ND (+1:15)
Under 19 M:
Josh Commons – South West Cycle Club ITT 18TH (+2:52.7) / CRIT DNF / RR DNF
Matthew Connan – Peel District Cycling Club ITT 5TH (+1:41.4) / RR 37TH (+16:00)
James Derrick – Midland Cycle Club ITT 9TH (+2:04.5) / RR 7TH (+7)
Riley Heslop – Albany Cycle Club ITT 30TH (+4:21.1) / RR 32ND (+13:02)
Jay Lindorff – Peel District Cycling Club ITT 7TH (+2:00:9) / RR 6TH (+7)
Calum Milne – Peel District Cycling Club CRIT 16TH +35 / RR 38TH (+16:00)
Courtland Wood – Busselton Cycle Club ITT 23RD (+3:23.4) / RR 23RD (+5:24)
Under 19 F:
Dharlia Haines – Midland Cycle Club CRIT 11TH (+1:05) / RR DNF
Teneal Attard – South Perth Rouleurs CRIT 10TH (+0)
Jade Haines – Midland Cycle Club / Melo Velo CRIT DNF / RR DNF
Jessica Allen – Midland Cycle Club / Mitchelton-SCOTT CRIT 44TH (+19) / RR DNF
Kate Bonner – South Perth Rouleurs / VeloFit Australia RR DNF
Darcie Richards – X-Speed Australia Cycle Club / VeloFit Australia CRIT DNF / RR DNF
Seb Barrett – Midland Cycle Club / ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast ITT 20TH (+4:07.6) / CRIT DNS / RR 35TH (+7:42)
Hayden James – Midland Cycle Club RR DNF
Conor Leahy – Peel District Cycling Club / InForm TM Insight MAKE CRIT 2ND (+0) / RR DNF
Hayden Turnton – Midland Cycle Club ITT 30TH (+5:56.4) / RR DNF
Tyler Lindorff – Peel District Cycling Club / Team BridgeLane ITT 7TH (+1:09.6) / CRIT DNS / RR 4TH (+17)
Xavier Cooper – Midland Cycle Club / VeloFit Australia RR DNF
Matt Harvey – Midland Cycle Club / VeloFit Australia RR 30TH (+7:42)
Tim Harvey – Midland Cycle Club / VeloFit Australia RR 33RD (+7:42)
Bryce Lanigan – South West Cycle Club / VeloFit Australia CRIT DNF / RR DNF
Oli Stenning – South Perth Rouleurs / VeloFit Australia ITT 19TH (+4:06.4) / RR 56TH (+13:50)
Jordan Schmidt – X-Speed Australia Cycle Club / X-Speed United CRIT DNF / RR 40TH (+7:42)
Taj Mueller – X-Speed Australia Cycle Club / X-Speed United RR DNS
Michael Freiberg – Midland Cycle Club / ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast ITT 9TH (+3:04.6) / RR 19TH (+3:48)
Oliver James – Midland Cycle Club / Giant Ocean Keys RR DNF
Ricky Andrews – Northern Beaches Cycle Club / Giant Ocean Keys RR DNF
Luke Durbridge – Mitchelton-SCOTT ITT 1ST (46:18.8) / RR 4TH (+1:10)
Cameron Meyer – Mitchelton-SCOTT RR 1ST (4H48:16)
Bryan Staring – ATTA RR DNF
Sam Welsford – Northern Beaches Cycle Club / Australian Cycling Team CRIT 1ST (1H04:13) / RR DNF
Reece Tucknott – Midland Cycle Club RR 35TH (+9:30)
Jai Hindley – Midland Cycle Club / Team Sunweb CRIT DNS / RR 21ST (+7:22)
Robert Power – Team Sunweb CRIT DNS / RR 10TH (+1:52)
Patrick Saccani-Williams – South Perth Rouleurs / VeloFit Australia ITT 22ND (+6:49.8) / RR DNF
Access the entire Road Nationals result database HERE.
Photos courtesy of Patrick Boere Photography and Con Chronis.
We would like to remind all riders that Patrick will be donating $5 from each digital image purchased from Road Nationals towards the Red Cross to assist with the Australian Bushfire relief. Patrick is a Perth-based photographer who regularly covers our events and we strongly encourage you to support his work! Found out how you can support Patrick and this initiative on his Instagram page.