Sarah Roy: I didn't expect to win Australian road race title

Sarah Roy Australian National Championships 2021
Sarah Roy shows off her new Australian champion's jersey and gold meda (Image credit: Con Chronis)

It was always up there as a strong possibility that Australia’s only Women’s WorldTour squad, Team BikeExchange, would take the elite women’s road race title at the 2021 Federation University Road National Championships but the rider they did it with, Sarah Roy, was a surprise to onlookers and the winner herself.

This was the Australian summer that, looking at the courses and records, we expected to see Grace Brown and Lucy Kennedy stepping up for the team. At the Santos Festival of Cycling, Brown was a favourite for the overall while the first ever Willunga climb for the women’s peloton was an option for Kennedy.

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.