Gillow claims back-to-back Australian Time Trial gold

Heather, O'Donnell over a minute behind for minor medals

Shara Gillow (GreenEdge-AIS) successfully defended her Australian Time Trial crown, blasting her way around the 27.1 kilometre Learmonth course in a time of 37:04.35 claiming gold in the elite women's category over a minute ahead of her nearest rivals.

Taryn Heather claimed the silver medal in a time of 38:17.54 while 2008 champion Bridie O'Donnell 38:18.78 took home the bronze.

The result meant that the new GreenEdge-AIS outfit claimed a clean sweep of the elite women's titles at the 2012 Australian Road Championships, with Alexis Rhodes winning her fourth criterium championship, and Amanda Spratt the road race.

Sinead Noonan (Jayco-AIS), who won the under 23 road championship on Saturday, earned her second gold medal for the 2012 titles, in a time of 39:54.85 placing her ninth overall.

Gillow put in a far less conservative performance on Tuesday than usual, leaving nothing on the road in the blustery, cold conditions. Last out of the start house as defending champion, Gillow only had one aim for the day – to ride as fast as possible.

"I'm learning so much as I go, but when it comes down to it it's all about trying to go quick and I think I did that," Gillow, 24, said having ridden her race against the clock in an average time of 43.87 km/h

"There's always some things you can change, but I'm pretty happy with how it went," she continued. "I just feel like I'm getting better and better at the moment– hopefully I can continue that when we go back to Europe."


# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Shara Gillow (Qld)    
2 Taryn Heather (Vic)    
3 Bridie O'Donnell (Vic)    
4 Amanda Spratt (NSW)    
5 Alexis Rhodes (SA)    
6 Grace Sulzberger (Tas)    
7 Rachel Neylan (SA)    
8 Rebecca Wiasak (ACT)    
9 Sinead Noonan (SA) U23    
10 Lauren Kitchen (NSW) U23    
11 Sarah Kent (WA) U23    
12 Emma Lawson (Tas) U23    
13 Ailie McDonald (ACT) U23    
14 Carla Ryan (Vic)    
15 Jessica Allen (WA) U23    
16 Carlee Taylor (SA)    
17 Stephanie Frawley (Vic)    
18 Nicole Whitburn (Vic)    
19 Miranda Griffiths (Vic)    
20 Gracie Elvin (ACT)    
21 Samantha De Riter (Vic)    
22 Megan Bagworth (ACT)    
23 Lucy Coldwell (Vic)    
24 Elizabeth Hall (Vic)    
25 Stephanie Ives (Vic)    
26 Kellie Mathers (Vic)    
27 Alice Wallett (ACT) U23    
DNS Kendelle Hodges (Vic)    
DNS Delphine Astier (Vic) U23    
DNS Rowena Fry (Tas)    
DNS Tiffany Cromwell (SA)    
DNS Alexandra Carle (ACT)    
DNS Loren Rowney (Qld) U23    


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