By Gerard Knapp
A change of location for this year's Australian Open Road Championships (AORC) could lead to an upset, especially in the time trials.
Today in South Australia, the elite men, U23 men and elite women will contest the time trials and this year's AORC will be held on new circuits in Mt Torrens, on the outskirts of Adelaide. According to Paul Brosnan, the head cycling coach of the Tasmanian Institute of Sport (TIS), this year's TT course is like "chalk and cheese" compared to the previous circuit in Echunga.
"It's pretty hilly for a TT course, and I think the time gaps will be even bigger than they have been in the past," he said, "and the weather will also play its part. In this part of the country at this time of the year, it's likely it could be very warm."
Brosnan believed that the new circuit for the road races is "comparable to last year. It's fairly undulating and it will end up being a race of attrition, a 'last-man-standing' type of race. On the course, there's no real place to recover." In an interview published today on Cyclingnews, Brosnan explains why he has had a select group of riders training in Adelaide for the past week, while the majority of Australia's elite riders have been contesting the Jayco Bay Classic street criteriums in Victoria.
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