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: