FedUni Australian National Road Championships in Ballarat. This year’s Road Nats was one to remember, gone were the 45 degree days synonymous with January in Ballarat, replaced with cold weather and unrelenting rains.
Alastair Christie-Johnson narrowly missed the podium in the U23 Time Trial, a mere 4 seconds behind the Bronze Medal, a great ride for Al who continues to go from strength to strength in the TT. Tristan Ward equalled ACJ’s feat in the Elite Criterium, placing fourth by a narrow margin, an impressive feat considering the torrential rains that marred the criteriums. Al went one better in the U23 Road Race, finishing 3rd behind a strong two-man breakaway. 19 year old Tyler Lindorff had a brilliant ride in Bunninyong to finish 4th.
Relive the Race
FedUni Australian Road National Championships. The proceedings kick off for us on Wednesday at the Time Trials, we then tackle the criteriums on Friday before the big dance on the weekend with the U23 Road Race on Saturday and the Elite Roady on Sunday. Let’s get it.
The team got their national championships off to a great start today with the u23 Time Trials. Tyler and CJ tackled the technical and undulating 28.6km course around Ballarat’s FedUni. Tyler finished 7th, 1:09 behind winner Luke Plapp, an impressive result for a bloke that races his TT bike once a year. The ever-slippery CJ had an immaculate ride, and was stiff not to finish on the podium, finishing in 4th, a mere 4 seconds back from 3rd place
Up today are the National Championship Criteriums here in Ballarat. The U23 lads will tackle 20 laps of the 1.1km circuit with the elites taking on 40 laps. Let’s bring home some green and gold stripes.
A very wet day out in Ballarat for the National Criterium Championships. We had 12 riders in action across the u23 and elite races. Jensen had a great showing in his first year up from juniors, finishing in the top 10 after a cheeky mid-race get down. The rain persisted all afternoon, providing no respite for the elite race. The boys rode phenomenally as a team, with Ben Hill, Ayden Toovey and Sam Jenner aggressive all race. Rylee Field did a lion’s share of work chasing down breaks and keeping the lads at the front of the race. The teams work was rewarded with a well deserved podium for Nick White and a great ride by Tristan to finish 4th. Bring on the roadies starting with the U23’s tomorrow.
U23 National Road Race up today. We’ve got 5 riders all on cracking form. Excited to see what we can do around the tough Mt Buninyong circuit.
Brilliant day out at the U23 National Road Race today. @bennymetcalfe had a monster day in the break keeping the pressure on the peloton from the front. @jensen_plowright17 keeps going from strength to strength with an enormous ride to bring back the lead group late in the race. @matt_dinham did an excellent job protecting our two leaders for today, as ACJ and Tyler showed their brilliant form by animating the finale. The two did all they could to chase a late attack by Drizners and Berwick and were rewarded with 3rd for Alastair and 4th for Tyler. A fantastic team performance which has got us excited about Tomorrow’s Elite Road Race.
The big one. It’s elite national road race day. One of the most important races in our calendar. With 9 riders in action we’re hungry to land the green and gold bands on a #TeamBridgeLane jersey this year.
Wrapping up a huge week for the team at the Fed Uni Road Nats with the Elite Men’s National Road Race. An incredibly difficult day that came down to a select few. With 9 riders in action BridgeLane had a few cards to play and the team worked well on the front throughout the race to set up Ayden and Sam. It was a great ride from both our leaders to finish strongly at what is always a race of attrition.