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Mars Cycling Australia Road National Championships 2012

Date range:
January 5-10, 2012

January 07, Under 23 men's road race: Buninyong 122.4km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Alex Hinds

Welcome to Cyclingnews coverage of the Mars Cycling Australia Road National Championships. We'll be doing live updates from the under 23 men's and women's road races in Buninyong starting with the under 23 men at 10 AM AEDT, Saturday, January 1.

  1. 09:39:26 EST

    Racing is underway and already we've seen six riders go clear at the top of the climb. Sam Spokes, Rhys Gillett, Tim Cameron, Julian Hamill, Brian McLeod and one other who we're trying to identify.

  2. 09:42:29 EST

    Alex Wong was the sixth rider in that group, but he's dropped back to the bunch now. The five have a gap of around 25seconds

  3. 09:44:12 EST

    Jane Aubrey, Australian Editor also on board today on the feed. We'll do our best to keep you across what should be a super-exciting race.

  4. 09:47:21 EST

    Leading the bunch at the completion of the first lap was Damian Howson, Darcy Woolley, Luke Davison and Ben Hill

  5. 108.4km remaining from 122.4km

    09:47:33 EST

    The break went through the first lap at 0:29. Pace is already very hot.
  6. 09:53:55 EST

    Brian Mcleod (Budget Forklifts) doing plenty of work on the front. Perhaps making his run a little early?

  7. 09:57:31 EST

    Rhys Gillett is a local and has been doing a lot of recon work here in Ballarat. Exciting times for him, he'll be heading to Tuscany next month to ride for US Fracor.

  8. 100.4km remaining from 122.4km

    09:59:11 EST

    • Break

    Lap two completed by the break in 15:06, so they've slowed a little, but the gap is still pretty healthy. They seem to be working really well together.

  9. 10:00:16 EST

    1st sprint of the day : Gillett, Mcleod, Spokes

  10. 10:02:18 EST

    The bunch has just gone through for the start of their third lap. Leading the charge was Pat Lane, closely followed by Luke Ockerby and George Tansley. Rohan Dennis and Pat Drapac also there.

  11. 10:03:54 EST

    Reports coming through that rain is beginning to fall at the top of the hill. The wind is picking up at the finish. We might be in for a wet afternoon.

  12. 10:05:02 EST

    Sam Spokes has been dropped from the break.

  13. 10:06:09 EST

    Cyclingnews spoke to Brian Mcleod at the start of the race.

    He said that his legs were feeling really good.

    "This is my last chance for an under 23 championship, so I want to leave it all on the road."

    Mcleod finished third in last year's Grafton to Inverell. He's comfortable on the climbs, and likes to ride in escapes.

    Mcleod has a background in triathlon so he's got a big engine. The peloton won't want to give him too much rope.

  14. 10:06:13 EST

    Several riders have lost contact with the bunch, Jarryd Jones, Clive Silcock and Peter Wood. Long day ahead...

  15. 10:09:25 EST

    Cyclingnews spoke to Brian Mcleod at the start of the race.


    He said that his legs were feeling really good.

    "This is my last chance for an under 23 championship, so I want to leave it all on the road."


    Mcleod finished third in last year's Grafton to Inverell. He's comfortable on the climbs, and likes to ride in escapes.


    Mcleod has a background in triathlon so he's got a big engine. The peloton won't want to give him too much rope.

  16. 10:09:54 EST

    Cyclingnews spoke to Brian Mcleod at the start of the race.

     

    He said that his legs were feeling really good.

    "This is my last chance for an under 23 championship, so I want to leave it all on the road."

     

    Mcleod finished third in last year's Grafton to Inverell. He's comfortable on the climbs, and likes to ride in escapes.

     

    Mcleod has a background in triathlon so he's got a big engine. The peloton won't want to give him too much rope.

  17. 10:12:41 EST

    Drapac's Adam Phelan will be joining us shortly. Of course, he should be out riding today but had a shocking crash just before Christmas. You can read more about his story here

  18. 10:13:31 EST

    Fear not, we believe it's his old man!

    Profile image for mpi26

    @RhysGillett are u tweeting while ur in the break??? I'm impressed dude!!! #roadnats #doingiteasy

    @mpi26 Fri, 6th Jan 2012 23:09:58

  19. 10:15:24 EST

    Brian Mcleod leads the break through the start/finish line with lap three being done at 15:41. Gillett and Hamill followed Mcleod through.

  20. 89.4km remaining from 122.4km

    10:18:26 EST

    Brian Mcleod leads the break through the start/finish line with lap three being done at 15:41. Gillett and Hamill followed Mcleod through for the second intermediate sprint.

  21. 10:21:13 EST

    Pat Lane (Jayco-AIS) is covered in bandages after his crash in the Jayco Bay Cycling Classic earlier in the week.

     

    He's likely to be used as a workhorse for the Jayco-AIS team.

  22. 10:23:48 EST

    Tim Cameron is struggling on the climb. He's being gapped by Mcleod and and Gillett who are the stronger climbers. It might be in the interests of the two to slow up, they'll need the help!

  23. 10:28:00 EST

    Very scary line-up of talent looking back at past winners in the under 23 category. They include Rabobank's Graeme Brown (2001), GreenEdge's Simon  Gerrans (2002), Rory Sutherland who's currently riding for United HealthCare in the US (2004), and Sky's Chris Sutton (2005).

  24. 86.4km remaining from 122.4km

    10:28:36 EST

    Bunch just cresting the climb. Still led by Jayco-AIS.

  25. 78.4km remaining from 122.4km

    10:31:43 EST

    No contest at the sprint for the front three. Gillett goes through first, followed by Cameron, and Mcleod.

  26. 77.4km remaining from 122.4km

    10:33:33 EST

    Another lap led by Patrick Lane (Jayco-AIS) doing an amazing job on the front for his team. The gap is now out to 1:47.

  27. 72.4km remaining from 122.4km

    10:49:41 EST

    Lap 5 covered at 15:49. The sprint was uncontested once again, Mcleod over Gillett and Tim Cameron.
  28. 72.4km remaining from 122.4km

    10:51:34 EST

    Lap 5 covered at 15:49. The sprint was uncontested once again, Mcleod over Gillett and Tim Cameron.
  29. 10:54:03 EST

    Adam Phelan has joined us here in the very glamourous VIP tent at the finishline. Adam, How do you see the race at this point?

    AP: With the break having just three riders, the peloton will not be to to worried. Pat Lane, has been doing a lot of work for Jayco-AIS, so he must be feeling it from his crash at Bay Crits. He'll be playing team roll keeping the break at about that one and half minute mark. 

  30. 67.4km remaining from 122.4km

    10:57:06 EST

    • Break

    Reports from the top of the climb in Buninyong. Tim Cameron looking a lot smoother in the break. Must have found his rhythm.

     

    Below: Cameron rides in last year's Goulburn to Sydney won by Nathan Haas.

    Tim Cameron (Suzuki-Trek) leads Anthony Giacoppo (Genesys) up the first climb up Razorback.

  31. 11:00:32 EST

    One of your teammates, Tom Palmer is one of the favourites if the race comes down to a sprint, how do you think cards are going to fall?

    AP: Tom Palmer is one of the quickest riders in the field, so if it comes to a sprint and Tom's there it's going to be hard to beat him. The field also knows that Tom is a really good sprinter, so will try hard to get rid of him. But, as Tom proved last year, he can get around this tough course with the best climbers. So it is going to be interesting to how the race goes, once the favourites start to make their moves.

  32. 62.4km remaining from 122.4km

    11:03:44 EST

    • Break

    Slowest lap of the race so far by the break, as the bunch closes a little.

  33. 56.4km remaining from 122.4km

    11:09:10 EST

    • Climb

    Brian Mcleod takes the points on the climb for lap 6. He now leads the classification by 1 point.

  34. 11:11:16 EST

    Adam, you're one of the Canberra crew of course, how has some of the racing been of late? Hearing great things about the form of arguably the most famous Canberran, Mick Rogers ahead of tomorrow's men's road race and the time trial on Tuesday...

    AP: For the mens race, Rogers is going to one of the riders that could upset a GreenEdge win. Back home in Canberra, he was looking more fit than I have ever seen him at this time of the year. Also Michael Matthews is one that has the class and form to win, he has been looking real good in training. Also Nathan Haas is always up there, and will want to try and mix it up.

  35. 56.4km remaining from 122.4km

    11:13:48 EST

    The end is nigh - looks like things are about to come back together on the descent back into the finish now and the gap has disintegrated.

  36. 11:17:23 EST

    How about some of the women? Any tips for this afternoon?

    AP: Gracie Elvin from Canberra is defintely one to look for this afternoon. Joining the AIS women's team this year, she will one of the stongest riders on this course. Also Chloe Hoskings is always dangerous, especially in the sprint.

  37. 50.4km remaining from 122.4km

    11:17:26 EST

    Plenty of riders being dropped from the bunch. Pace being dictated by Jayco-AIS, but Lachlan Morton (Chipotle), and Eric Sheppard (Plan B) have been seen near the front.

  38. 11:18:53 EST

    Gillett takes the points in what will likely be the last sprint contested by the sprint. GIllett has the lead in the sprint classification.

  39. 11:19:52 EST

    Thanks for joining us Adam.

    AP: Thank you! Time to head off to the feed zone.

  40. 47.4km remaining from 122.4km

    11:22:04 EST

    • Dropped

    Tim Cameron dropped as Mcleod attacks on the grippier part of the climb.

  41. 46.4km remaining from 122.4km

    11:24:45 EST

    • Climb

    Whoever takes the points at the top of Buninyong will win the mountain classification. 

     

    Mcleod has gone solo off the front, absolutely storming on the front.

  42. 11:28:47 EST

    Mcleod on 18 point now wrapping up the KOM competition

  43. 11:30:56 EST

    Lots of attrition with the pace so high. Brian Mcleod has done a great job for his other Budget Forklifts teammates.

  44. 11:31:58 EST

    As Mcleod is caught a break three has countered. Budget, Jayco represented.

  45. 11:37:47 EST

    Grupo compacto

  46. 80km remaining from 122.4km

    11:39:03 EST

    The break comes through the start finish, Jayco-AIS sitting on.

     

  47. 11:39:40 EST

    The bunch is onto Mount Buninyong Road and heading to the climb. Pace is hot.

  48. 30km remaining from 122.4km

    11:42:10 EST

    Lead group of 15 has formed off the front including at least 7 riders of the Jayco-AIS squad.

  49. 11:48:33 EST

    Some of those riders in the front bunch include Nick Aitken, Luke Ockerby, Calvin Watson, Nic Dougall, Luke Fetch, and Cameron Bayly

  50. 11:50:03 EST

    The blue and red train of Jayco-AIS leading the way through the start-finish area, getting  three laps to go.

  51. 25km remaining from 122.4km

    11:58:53 EST

    • Climb

    Action really starting to heat up on the top of Mount Buninyong. Amazingly still Jayco-AIS leading. They've got plenty of options, but lacking and out and out sprinter arguably. I'd expect a move off the front at some point.

  52. 22km remaining from 122.4km

    12:05:50 EST

    Genesys looking ominous in the bunch. Seem happy to sit on for now, but they look comfortable and can't be ignored. We know what they can do.

  53. 12:06:46 EST

    Very distracting in our prime position here, delicious smells wafting across the road from the sausage sizzle

  54. 14km remaining from 122.4km

    12:09:38 EST

    Watson has gone out the back of the break. The gap has also increased. Down to a race of two, or will the bunch come back?

  55. 13km remaining from 122.4km

    12:13:10 EST

    Genesys have decided now is the time and are bringing all three of their riders in a sort of team pursuit across the gap. Still plenty of talent in the main bunch though.

  56. 12:14:45 EST

    Rhys Gillett spotted going through the finish. He has to finish to claim the sprint classification.

  57. 12:19:24 EST

    Got to say it, Rohan Dennis looks to be the best of he and Eric Sheppard. Just gone through into the final lap

  58. 12:23:42 EST

    One of today's escapees, Rhys Gillett is 11 minutes down.

     

  59. 12:24:50 EST

    Dennis and Shephard just about to hit the top of Mt Buninyong for the final time. They've got a gap of around 1:15

  60. 12:31:34 EST

    Dowm Buninyong Road and onto the finish!

  61. 1.4km remaining from 122.4km

    12:31:56 EST

    Final kilometre - Here we go!

  62. 0.4km remaining from 122.4km

    12:32:58 EST

    It's going to be a long slightly uphill sprint. They're in sight!

  63. 12:34:10 EST

    Rohan Dennis is the winner!

  64. 12:35:03 EST

    Sheppard cramped up big time in the sprint. Watson rolls over for third. Top day for Jayco-AIS, first and third.

  65. 12:39:23 EST

    Thanks for joining  us for the men's under 23 road race. We'll be back for the women's elite and under 23 road race at 1:30pm AEDT, with special guest, Rebecca McConnell, former stage winner of the Giro Donne.