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A look at the seat cluster on Luke Durbridge's Scott Plasma

A look at the seat cluster on Luke Durbridge's Scott Plasma
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BMC Racing teammates Miles Scotson, Richie Porte and Rohan Dennis warm up in the shade of their camper van

BMC Racing teammates Miles Scotson, Richie Porte and Rohan Dennis warm up in the shade of their camper van
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Rohan Dennis made it three consecutive national time trial titles

Rohan Dennis made it three consecutive national time trial titles
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A look at Rohan Dennis' cockpit

A look at Rohan Dennis' cockpit
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A different frame finish, but Porte ran similar components and wheel setup as BMC teammate Rohan Dennis

A different frame finish, but Porte ran similar components and wheel setup as BMC teammate Rohan Dennis
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Porte's front and rear derailleur's were the slightly older Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 series

Porte's front and rear derailleur's were the slightly older Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 series
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Porte customised his Fizik Arione saddle with some added grip material to stay in position while racing

Porte customised his Fizik Arione saddle with some added grip material to stay in position while racing
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The bronze and gold medal winning bikes

The bronze and gold medal winning bikes
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Here you can see just how narrow the profile of the BMC Teammachine is

Here you can see just how narrow the profile of the BMC Teammachine is
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Luke Durbridge opted for a de-stickered Lightweight Autobahn rear wheel

Luke Durbridge opted for a de-stickered Lightweight Autobahn rear wheel
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Durbridge's Scott was paired with a Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 series groupset, with a custom, oversized chainring

Durbridge's Scott was paired with a Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 series groupset, with a custom, oversized chainring
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All three bikes from the final podium

All three bikes from the final podium
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The final podium each ran the PRO Textreme 3-spoke front wheel

The final podium each ran the PRO Textreme 3-spoke front wheel
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Another look at Richie Porte's BMC Teammachine

Another look at Richie Porte's BMC Teammachine
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BMC Racing look set to partner with Garmin for their computers in 2018

BMC Racing look set to partner with Garmin for their computers in 2018
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The front profile of Rohan Dennis' BMC

The front profile of Rohan Dennis' BMC
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A look at the Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 rear derailleur on Rohan Dennis' winning bike

A look at the Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 rear derailleur on Rohan Dennis' winning bike
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Dennis' BMC was equipped with a Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 groupset, complete with the new Shimano power meter

Dennis' BMC was equipped with a Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 groupset, complete with the new Shimano power meter
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Ben O'Connor models the new Oakley AR07 time trial helmet

Ben O'Connor models the new Oakley AR07 time trial helmet
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The rear of the Oakley AR07 time trial helmet in Team Dimension Data colours

The rear of the Oakley AR07 time trial helmet in Team Dimension Data colours
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Nathan Haas cools off ahead of setting off

Nathan Haas cools off ahead of setting off
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Nathan Haas rolls down the start ramp for his first race in Katusha-Alpecin colours

Nathan Haas rolls down the start ramp for his first race in Katusha-Alpecin colours
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The PRO Textreme 3-spoke is a popular front wheel for time trialling at the top end of the sport

The PRO Textreme 3-spoke is a popular front wheel for time trialling at the top end of the sport
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Lucy Kennedy of Mitchelton-Scott's Scott Plasma time trial bike

Lucy Kennedy of Mitchelton-Scott's Scott Plasma time trial bike
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Katrin Garfoot chooses a Lightweight Autobahn rear disc wheel for the time trial

Katrin Garfoot chooses a Lightweight Autobahn rear disc wheel for the time trial
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Ben O'Connor runs a HED Stinger rear wheel

Ben O'Connor runs a HED Stinger rear wheel
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A look at O'Connor's ENVE cockpit

A look at O'Connor's ENVE cockpit
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Ben O'Connor ran a ROTOR 54t Q-Ring outer chainring

Ben O'Connor ran a ROTOR 54t Q-Ring outer chainring
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Nathan Haas' new Canyon Speedmax CF SLX

Nathan Haas' new Canyon Speedmax CF SLX
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The front end of Haas' Canyon along with the Oakley AR07 time trial helmet in Katusha-Alpecin colours

The front end of Haas' Canyon along with the Oakley AR07 time trial helmet in Katusha-Alpecin colours
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Canyon supplies its base bars with proprietary Ergon rubber grips

Canyon supplies its base bars with proprietary Ergon rubber grips
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Haas' cockpit, including the Wahoo computer Katusha-Alpecin will be using in 2018

Haas' cockpit, including the Wahoo computer Katusha-Alpecin will be using in 2018
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Rohan Dennis and Richie Porte's BMC Timemachines

Rohan Dennis and Richie Porte's BMC Timemachines
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Luke Durbridge was equipped with a SRM power meter and PC-8 head unit

Luke Durbridge was equipped with a SRM power meter and PC-8 head unit
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The first national road championships of 2018 are underway this week in Ballarat, west of Melbourne in Australia, with the Cycling Australia Road National Championships in full swing.

The criterium championships opened the week, and Friday saw the men’s, women’s and U23 time trials get underway ahead of the road races this weekend.

Rohan Dennis claimed his third successive title in the men’s elite race, while Katrin Garfoot and Callum Scotson mirrored the same three-peat feat in the women’s elite and men’s U23, respectively.

Former national champion Richie Porte competed the event in just his second race day since the horrific crash descending Mont du Chat during stage 9 of the Tour de France last year. The Tasmanian finished in a bronze medal position behind Mitchelton-Scott’s Luke Durbridge, his second silver medal in as many years.

Both Dennis and Porte rode their team issue BMC Timemachine SLR01, alongside last year’s road race champion and BMC Racing teammate Miles Scotson.

The BMC teammates had similar setups, using PRO Textreme wheels, 3T cockpits, Fizik saddles and Vittoria tyres. However, while both riders were equipped with the latest Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 series cranksets with integrated Shimano power meter, Porte’s bike was equipped with slightly older Dura-Ace 9000 series derailleurs, whereas Dennis had the more up to date R9150 versions.

All three BMC Racing riders were also equipped with Garmin computers and look set to race with the latest Edge 1030 models for the 2018 season.

Ben O’Connor (Team Dimension Data) opted for massive 54t ROTOR Q-Rings, with Luke Durbridge also choosing custom oversized outer chainrings from Shimano.

As with many elite level time trials, HED, PRO and Lightweight are the wheels of choice with many riders opting for the offerings ahead of their own team sponsors.

The men’s elite podium each ran PRO Textreme 3-Spoke front wheels, while Durbridge and Garfoot opted for the German carbon specialists’ Lightweight Autobahn disc rear wheels.

HED Stinger, Jet and Tri-spoke wheels were all also on display.

Nathan Haas completed his first race in Katusha-Alpecin colours, and for the first time aboard a Canyon. The versatile rider earned a respectable fifth-place finish on the day, finishing 24 seconds behind Scotson.

With temperatures in the high-30 degrees Celsius on the day, the majority of riders raced the courses equipped with bottle and bottle cages despite the aerodynamic costs.

Click or swipe through the gallery above to take a look on the wind-cheating machines on display in Southern Australia.