Australia’s Paralympic cyclists headlined the opening road races on a cool, foggy fourth day of the 2022 Federation University Road National Championships in Ballarat.
Backing up from Wednesday’s time trials, three NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) athletes took on the 10.2-kilometre circuit at Mount Buninyong on Saturday.
The morning’s events included road race national titles for para-cyclists, cyclists with an intellectual impairment, transplant cyclists and deaf cyclists.
Stuart Jones defended his 2021 title on the day, while in the men’s C2 category, Gordon Allan won the race solo, marking an early success in his transition from a track-focused program. 2021 champion Darren Hicks suffered a mechanical, opening the door for Allan to add gold to his silver medal from the time trial earlier this week.
Gordon spoke about his experience at the event, highlighting the difficulty of the race.
“It was a tough race, definitely a tough race. It was a little bit unfortunate one of the main competitors, Darren Hicks, had a mechanical early on. It’s between me and him, usually, and it’s always a good challenge to race him, so it was a little bit unfortunate that he had a mechanical and he had to pull out early. But I had to stick to my race plan anyway and stick with the other guys.
“I did a bit more training coming back from Tokyo, a bit more road-specific training, and it was definitely a bit of a target here to go well in the TT and to go well in the road race. So, it’s been a good week.”
Article courtesy of AusCycling
Image credit, Con Chronis