After forming in October 2020, the NSWIS Time Trial Talent project has already made great strides and had a significant impact on the 2021 Federation University Road National Championships.
The project is working towards qualifying NSW athletes for the time trial disciplines at the 2022 UCI World Road Cycling Championships in Wollongong, and the squad has made a strong start to their journey.
First-year U19 rider Dylan George led at all of the intermediate time checks in his event before suffering an unfortunate puncture with approximately 2km remaining. Not risking the time losses of a bike or wheel change, he continued to ride the rear flat tyre to an impressive 2nd place, just 27 seconds down on the winner, showing incredible potential for a future in the time trial discipline.
In the junior men’s road race, however, Dylan made up for any disappointment by taking out the event with a sprint kick to beat a small group of challengers. Dylan, originally a mountain bike cyclist, recently transitioned to the road with the Manly Warringah Cycling Club / Team BridgeLane.
Head Coach of the NSWIS Time Trial project Rebecca Dicello was delighted with Dylan’s progress.
“Dylan’s commitment and enthusiasm really shines through,” Dicello said.
“He was open to new ideas and ways of preparing for nationals, particularly for the time trial (event) as part of the NSWIS Talent project.”
“Riding the time trial course a few days prior was new to him but served him well while dealing with a flat tyre and still managing to hold on for second place showed great strength of character. Topping this off with the road race win is an incredible start to the year.”
In the U19 women’s event, Haylee Fuller grabbed another time trial silver for the NSWIS Talent project athletes, in addition to 2nd place in the criterium and 5th in the road race. Haylee, an existing NSWIS cycling athlete, was identified as a promising time trial prospect by the Talent Unit and continues to make great progress in the discipline.
Other notable results from time trial project athletes included:
- Aiden Sinclair (Newcastle, Hunter Districts Cycling Club & Hunter Academy of Sport) – 5th Time Trial / 3rd Road Race
- Luke Tuckwell (Orange, Bathurst Cycling Club & Western region Academy of Sport) – 10th Time Trial / 8th Road Race
- Emily Watts (NSWIS) – 2nd U23 Women’s Time Trial / 1st U23 Women’s Road Race (*No current U23 category at the UCI Road World Championships)
Photo: Manly Warringah Cycling Club