Wagga Wagga, NSW, will play host to the Junior Road National Championships September/October 2020 (Dates TBC). The Championships are expected to attract over 300 of the best under 15 & under 17 riders, and their families, from all over Australia.
The three days of racing will see 12 national champions crowned with titles contested in the road race, time trial and criterium. This year will also see the introduction of the team time trial for the first time.
“We're really looking forward to seeing the City of Wagga Wagga host this event. It’s fantastic to be racing in the iconic Riverina city and we can’t wait to take advantage of everything on offer” said Cycling Australia General Manager of Sport, Kipp Kaufmann.
He added “In 2019, we saw some fantastic racing from the U15 & U17 riders and we are looking forward to seeing quality fields again in 2020.”
Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga Councillor Greg Conkey OAM said it was fantastic to see the city being selected for the national championships.
“Wagga Wagga has a growing reputation for hosting more major sporting events on a regular basis,” Cr Conkey said.
“Our track record for hosting top level fixtures in recent years is proven and that means we are getting all sports knocking on our city’s door wanting to utilise Wagga as an ideal location with excellent facilities.
“Hosting the 2020 Cycling Australia Junior Road National Championships is a coup for Wagga Wagga, and expands on our intention to develop the city as a regional cycling capital.
“With an annual cycling event such as Gears and Beers, and the development of the Active Travel Plan cycling routes and multi-sport cycling centre at Pomingalarna being developed, Wagga is well placed for hosting this three-day event.”
"Wagga Wagga Cycling Club is proud to be the host club of the 2020 Cycling Australia Junior Road National Championships. The club has a proud history of holding high quality racing, and the city has a fantastic history of supporting them.
We look forward to working with Cycling Australia and the City of Wagga Wagga to deliver the Championships in September.” said Wagga Wagga CC Publicity Officer Cameron Oke
The 2020 Junior Road National Championships will also be the final round of the National Junior Road Series.
Further information regarding courses, regulations on the team time trial, road closures and entries to come closer to the event.
Cycling Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional owners of the land, the Wiradjuri people, on which this event will be held.
From day one, the NSW team was a force to be reckoned with, leading the medal tally across the three-day meet. The sky blue team ended up with 16 medals in total, seven gold, five silver and four bronze medals.
This effort rewarded NSW with two Junior U15 Champion of Champions jerseys, one to Benjamin Anderson (NSW) and Keira Will (NSW). In second place on the medal tally was Victoria, who came away with 13 medals in total, four gold, five silver, and four bronze medals.
Victoria ended the 2019 Road National Championship with two riders, Jackson Hadden and Alyssa Polites, donning the coveted Champion of Champions jersey in the U17 age group.
Cycling Australia is pleased to announce that New South Wales will be the host state of the 2020 Junior Road National Championships. Locations and dates will be announced in due course.
The final day of the 2019 Cycling Australia Junior Road National Championships saw riders from all around Australia, contest for the title of Criterium National Champion at the Luke Harrop Criterium Track on the Gold Coast.
Junior Men’s U15 Criterium
The day started with a series under 15 men criterium heats, which saw Nicholas Bolt (WA) and Kai Goltman (NSW) qualify convincingly off the front of the chasing peloton in the first and second heats.
In the final, a similar race unfolded with New South Welshman, Oliver Ludlam soloing off the front of the chase group. Ludlam battled the wind and the heat by himself for the majority of the race. However this effort failed but laid the foundation for fellow NSW rider, Benjamin Anderson who took the top step in a bunch kick.
When asked how the race unfolded, Anderson said, “It was a very tough race, and everyone was on their limit. Oliver my teammate was out on front and unfortunately, he couldn’t stay out there until the end. The race ended with a bunch sprint, and I was lucky enough to cross the line ahead of the other boys” said Anderson.
ACT rider, Oscar Chamberlain out the silver, step narrowly missing out on gold, with Queensland's Kobe Ormes rounding out the podium in third place.
Junior women’s U15 Criterium
Unlike the under 15 men’s criterium, the under 15 women’s criterium race held together with no successful solo breakaways, and was punctuated with a series of short, failed attacks that came from the peloton.
The riders remained together until the bell lap, where a sprint finish of 14 riders kept spectators on the edge of their seats.
Liliya Tatarinoff (NSW), keep her cool in the bunch, and crossed just one second ahead of the rest of the group to claim the gold.
“I was boxed in on the last corner, and the girl in front of me started the sprint and I was able to hold her wheel and launch myself to the finish line ahead of the group” said Liliya Tatarinoff (NSW).
Tatarinoff’s kick at the line was enough for her to be crowned the under 15 women’s Junior Road National Criterium Champion. The NSW rider was joined on the podium by Belinda Bailey (VIC) in second, and Alexandra Cross (Manning Valley CC) who took bronze.
Junior women’s U17 Criterium
The under 17 women’s criterium, saw a series of attacks off the front, destined to fail. The race unfolded in a dramatic manner with Kalinda Robinson (NSW) winning in a bunch finish over Alyssa Polites (VIC) & Sophie Marr (VIC).
“The race was very fast, with a lot of attacks and people going off the front all of the time” Kalinda Robinson (NSW) recalled.
Robinson went on to thank the work of her New South Wales which helped secure her criterium crown and top step. “My teammates were really helpful and tried to get me into the best position that they could. I ended up at the front at just the right time, and pulled it all off” said Robinson.
Junior men’s U17 Criterium
Tarun Cook (VIC), put on an impressive effort in an attempt to win the gold medal in the U17 criterium championships. However the Victorian youngster's solo attack failed to stick, with him getting caught by the main bunch with five minutes to go.
With the field coming back together, the Victorian team worked together in the final two laps to try and claim a medal in the final event of the meet. This effort placed Daniel O'Malley (VIC) in the box seat, landing him the gold medal.
“It was a pretty good race for the Victorians, with Tarun riding solo off the front for the whole race. We had a plan that we then activated, and we stuck to it, and on the bell lap Jackson and I ramped up the pace right until the very end” said O’Malley.
O’Malley was joined on the podium by Victorian teammate Hadden in third and Daniel BARBER from NSW who fought hard for the silver medal.
Champion of Champions:
At the completion of a fantastic weekend of racing, four riders were donned the Champion of Champions jersey.
New South Wales demonstrated its strength in the under 15 riders with Benjamin Anderson and Keira Will earning the title Champion of Champions for the 2019 Junior Road National Championships.
Whilst in the under 17’s men and women, Victoria flexed their muscles with Daniel O’Malley and Alyssa Polites being recognised for a fantastic weekend of Championships racing.
The 2020 Junior Road National Championships will be held in NSW.
2019 Cycling Australia Junior Road Champion of Champions:
Day two of the 2019 Cycling Australia Junior Road National Championships, 6 riders were crowned road national champions on a hilly course at Hinze Dam, Queensland.
New South Wales continued their gold medal hunt, whilst the host state, Queensland, won their first medal for the championships!
JW15 Road Race
The Junior Under 15 Women were again the first race to roll off the start line, with 19 riders from all over Australia vying for the gold medal.
A breakaway of three riders formed early on in the race, with Kiera Will (NSW), Bronte Stewart (NSW) and Lauren Bates (ACT). The trio worked well together for the majority of the race, until the final lap when Stewart crashed.
“On the first climb, the race broke into three groups, and I was lucky enough to be in the first group of three riders with teammate Bronte Stewart and Belinda” said Will.
“We rode really well together, until the final lap when Bronte crashed on the corner leaving only myself and Belinda. I attacked on the dam wall climb, dropping Belinda, riding the majority on the final lap to victory” said Will.
Unfortunately, Stewart didn’t make contact with the lead group following her crash, which opened up opportunities for riders in the chasing group.
Lauren Bates (ACT), a rider in the chasing group described how the rest of the race unfolded.
“I was in the second chasing group, and we managed to stay together over the very hilly course. On the last lap we were told that Bronte had crashed, and we all knew that we were now riding for a bronze medal. On the last corner I positioned myself, and picked the right moment to cross the line ahead to win the bronze medal” said Bates.
Will and Bailey stepped on to the gold and silver steps of the podium for the second time this weekend. Whilst Bates received her first medal in her championship campaign.
JM15 Road Race
A 37.5km road race saw junior under 15 men road race vying for the green and gold bands. An early breakaway of seven riders formed; four New South Wales riders, two Queensland riders and one rider from the Australian Capital Territory work together for the majority of the race, creating an exciting bunch sprint for the finish line.
Benjamin Anderson (NSW), who went on to win the gold shared how the race unfolded.
“It was a pretty hard race, everyone split up straight way on the first climb, we had a good breakaway form which stuck together throughout the whole race, sharing the load” said Anderson.
Racing on home soil, Queensland’s Road Race State Champion Kobe Ormes praised the work of his teammate Noah Blannin’s, in the final lap of the under 15 men’s road race.
“I was pretty lucky to have my teammate Noah Blannin (Gold Coast Cycling Club) there in the breakaway with me, he lost contact with the breakaway a few times but he got back, and worked towards the end to assist in securing Queensland’s silver medal” said Ormes.
In the sprint finish of seven riders, Anderson crossed the line in first place collecting his first gold medal for the championships. Anderson was joined on the podium by Kobe Ormes (QLD), and Oliver Ludlam (NSW) in second and third places respectively.
JW17 Road Race
In the under 15 women’s road race, Alyssa Polites (VIC) continued to show her strength crossing the line to win her second gold medal in her road nationals campaign.
“We had a breakaway group of four riders, which whittled down quickly until it was Haylee Fuller (NSW) and I riding together for the majority of the race” said Polites.
South Australian rider Tess Wight was seen as a threat to Fuller and Polites, and the duo worked together to ensure Wight lost contact with the breakaway.
“Tess was yo-yoing off our small breakaway, and we wanted to minimise the competition when we got to the finish line, so we ramped up the pace and put the pressure on” Polites pointed out.
Polites went on to praise her Victorian coaching staff and teammates for their efforts in the leadup to the championships.
“When Haylee and I got to the final corner, I followed my coach’s advice, and it delivered!” said Polites.
Polites and Fuller crossed the line in a very close finish, with Wight coming in only 10 seconds behind to win a bronze medal.
JM17 Road Race
The under 17 men’s road race saw a group of 21 riders enter the finishing straight vying for a step on the podium.
The sprint finish resulted with New South Wales dominating the podium, with teammates Daniel Barber and Dylan George taking the silver and bronze medals.
But was a Victorian rider Jackson Hadden who was crowned the 2019 Cycling Australia Junior Road National Champion following an eventful race.
“There were a few crashes out on the course, which ultimately affected the flow of the racing. The race was actually a race of good positioning, which I was able to do going into the sprint finish” said Hadden.
The championships concludes Sunday with the criterium championships.
JW15 Road Race
JM15 Road Race
JW17 Road Race
JM17 Road Race
The opening day of the 2019 Cycling Australia Junior Road National Championship saw riders from all over Australia enjoy a beautiful rolling time trial course through the picturesque Currumbin Valley on the Gold Coast.
JW15 Individual Time Trial
The Under 15 Women were the first to roll out, with twenty riders gunning for gold. The competition was fierce, with only half a minute separating riders in the top 5 positions.
With an impressive +27.30 lead, Keira Will (NSW) took the junior individual time trial crown, with the second and third steps on the JW15 podium were reserved for NSW individual time trial champions with Bronte Stewart taking bronze and Belinda Bailey (VIC) taking silver. Stewart and Bailey were separated by only half a second.
Keira Wills said, “It was a tough course with a fair few hills, but I enjoy climbing so the course was in my favour. I am very happy with my result today, and it was great to join Bronte who is the current new south wales State time trial champion on the podium” said Wills.
JM15 Individual Time Trial
The under 15 men saw the tightest finish of the day, with the top seven riders coming in under a minute a part, and only 2 seconds separating gold and silver.
Oscar Chamberlain was crowned the under 15 male individual time trial national champion. Chamberlain was joined on the podium by Benjamin Anderson (NSW) in second place, and Jamie Coles (VIC) who finished under +10seconds behind Chamberlain winning bronze.
There was some healthy competition between rivals Benjamin Anderson (NSW) and Oscar Chamberlain (ACT).
“At the New South Wales Individual Time Trial State Championships, Benjamin beat me by 1 second, and today I beat Benjamin by 2 seconds. It felt pretty great to win, and stand on top of the podium as the 2019 Australian Individual Time Trial Champion” said Chamberlain.
JW17 Individual Time Trial
Alyssa Polites (VIC) took to the top step of the Under 17 Women’s Individual Time Trial Podium after crossing the finish line with less than four seconds up her sleeve.
The Victorian Individual Time Trial State Champion and Cycling Australia Individual Time Trial National Champion described the out and back time trial course as enjoyable yet challenging.
“The course was really hilly, but it allowed me to pick up the pace on the way back. The conditions were pretty good, and there wasn’t much wind” said Polites.
New South Wales rider Haylee Fuller joined Polites on the podium in second place, while Lucinda Stewart completed the Under 17 Women’s podium in third place.
JM 17 Individual Time Trial
New South Welshman Dylan Eather started his Junior Road National Championships campaign on a high after being crowned under 17 men’s australian individual time trial Champion.
“I won the New South Wales individual time trial by 34 seconds, and today at the Cycling Australia Junior Road National Championships, I won the by 15 seconds” said Eather.
Victorian rider Zac Kelly and Tasmanian rider Dalton Stretton joined Eather on the podium in second and third place respectively.
At the completion of the first day of the 2019 Cycling Australia Junior Road National Championships, New South Wales leads the gold medal tally with two golds, two silvers and one bronze medal.
The event continue tomorrow with the roace road crown up for grabs.
JW15 Individual Time Trial
JM15 Individual Time Trial
JW17 Individual Time Trial
JM 17 Individual Time Trial
The Northern Territory team for the 2019 Junior Road Nationals is as follows:
Coach Reg Hatch
Team Manager Denise Dunn
Mechanic Tim Reeves
Chaperone Suzie Marker
Cycling Australia and Cycling Queensland are currently monitoring and taking advice from Gold Coast City Council, Gold Coast Police and the Gold Coast Disaster Center regarding the current situation with the bush fires in the region where the 2019 Cycling Australia Junior Road National Championships.
The information we have received to date is that the National Championships will not be affected.
We are however setting up a contingency plan should it be required and information will be released should we need to act on this plan.
WestCycle is proud to announce the WA Junior State Road Cycling Team travelling to compete at the Cycling Australia Junior Road Nationals on the Gold Coast.
A total of nine riders will formulate our state team with an additional four riders travelling with Team WA to compete under their respective club colours. We have some strong medal hopefuls across all grade categories and are we looking forward to taking on the other states at Nationals competing as one Team WA unit.
WestCycle would like to wish all of our competitors the best of luck and we look forward to flying the black and gold WA colours with pride, in a few weeks time.
WA Junior State Team
Under 15 Men
Nick Bolt - X-Speed Cycle Club
Finlay McRobbie - X-Speed Cycle Club
Under 15 Women
Zara Williamson - X-Speed Cycle Club
Isabella Commons - South West Cycling Club
Under 17 Men
Josh Commons - South West Cycling Club
Matthew Connan - Peel District Cycling Club
Calum Milne - Peel District Cycling Club
John Carter - X-Speed Cycle Club
Under 17 Women
Jessica Waldron - Albany Cycle Club
Non-State Team WA Riders
Under 17 Men
Rory Martin - Midland Cycle Club
Harrison Lawler - South West Cycling Club
Under 17 Women
Emily Wiggins - Albany Cycle Club
Hannah Waters - Northern Districts WA Cycling Club
Team WA Staff
WA Team Manager
WA Head Coach
22 Victorian Athletes have been selected to represent Cycling Victoria at the National Championships as they do battle on the road for the coveted Green and Gold jersey.
Out of the nine females and 13 males, Bendigo & District Cycling Club continues its recent domination of junior cycling with seven representatives followed by Brunswick Cycling Club with five, Blackburn Cycling Club with four, Hawthorn Cycling Club with three, Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club with two and Mansfield Mt Buller Cycling Club with one.
More at cycling.org.au/vic/2019-victorian-junior-road-team
Tasmania has announced it's team for the 2019 Cycling Australia Junior Road National Championships on the Gold Coast on 20-22 September.
Congratulations to the following: