It was the Road Nationals that was host to the debut of Team BridgeLane. The week was lined with great racing and medals!
Day One - Elite Criterium
What was a scorching day turned cool, more than 7,500 fans lined the streets of Ballarat to watch the Elite Men’s Criterium? The lads made their mark on the first day showing their strength and precision as a team controlling the race entirely setting up Tristan Ward for the sprint and clinching second place!
Day Two - Under 23’s Road Race
Nick White was on home turf and made the most of it taking the top step and the national jersey!
Dozens of breakaways were formed during the race, fortunately, Nick was a part of the decisive one which came on the final climb. Whilst playing cat and mouse with the ever chasing peloton Nick clinched the victory in front of a parochial home crowd.
Day Three - Elite Men’s Road Race
A prominent early breakaway group opened the hectic 185.6-kilometre men’s road race, with Freiberg, Chris Harper and defending champion Edmondson joining Durbridge.
The quartet worked together for the majority of the 16 laps of the infamous Buninyong course before Meyer made a move with Murtagh and Jason Lea to join the leading group with five laps remaining.
With the pace of the race obliterating the field and scattering groups across the course, Edmondson and Durbridge lost contact with the front group and Harper pounced to take a ten-second lead inside the penultimate lap.
Meyer and Freiberg reeled in Harper on the final lap, before an immediate counter-attack from Harper was answered by Meyer. Freiberg’s chance of a podium finish looking all but over when he trailed Harper and Meyer by 17-seconds just four kilometres from the finish line.
But in a determined act of raw power, Freiberg caught the breakaway inside the final kilometre to claim a victory for the ages in the dying moments. Chris rolled home to a second place finish taking a podium step for the second year in a row.
Day Five - Time Trials
Heavy legs loomed over the final day of the Nats. With the boys riding their hearts out over the previous days they still smashed out a massive effort in the 29.5km TT. Our highest finishers; Chris Harper with 7th in the men’s elite and Alastair Christie Johnston taking 5th in the u23’s.