Blake Quick takes out U23 men's Australian road race national title

Blake Quick (InForm TMX Make) took out the win the U23 men's road race at Australia's Federation University Road Championships in Buninyong, using the speed that saw him take a clean sweep at the Bay Crits to land victory from a small, teammate-heavy lead group. 

The race was run in fine but, by Australian summer standards, mild conditions with the moves out the front coming early and changing composition throughout. During the race Quick used his speed to bridge from the peloton to those ever changing front groups and then cranked up the pace on the run in to the line to beat Matthew Dinham (Team BridgeLane), who rolled over a bike length back. 

Tristan Saunders (InForm TMX MAKE) took out the final spot on the podium after working hard to put his teammate in prime position. 

"I can’t believe it. It was a bit of a long shot," Quick said after the podium presentation. "I came here with some good form but to be honest I definitely could not have won this without the team.

"I gambled a bit and I went early. I wanted to get ahead of Matt Dinham and put the BridgeLane boys under a bit of a pressure and leave Carter [Turnbull] and Rudy [Porter] behind to follow but when I went across I bridged to James [Moriarty] and James rode me across, and Tristan and Ferg [Fergus Browning] just pulled the whole time in the break. It was an unbelievable team ride.”

An early crash involved a large swathe of riders, also denting the numbers of Inform TMX MAKE but, with 12 on the start list, it still wasn't enough to stop them being a dominant force throughout the race. The team took four of the top six positions, with Turnbull just missing out on taking a podium spot for a second year in a row while last year's second placed rider, Porter, came sixth.

How it unfolded

The race played out on a course which starts and finishes in the small town of Buninyong near Ballarat, with the riders taking on 12 laps of the circuit, which includes the Mount Buninyong climb, to race a total of 139.2 km.

The splits formed early in the racing and by a quarter of the way through there was a solid gap, about four minutes, from the peloton to a lead group of eight – Jai Fielke (Giant Racing Team), Cameron Wright (Balmoral Cycling Club), Luke Roper (Rauland Development Team), Samuel Eddy (Team BridgeLane), Fergus Browning (Inform TMX MAKE), Jason Woodard, Dalton Streeting and Edwin Britts. There was also another six chasing – Liam Walsh (Giant Racing Team), Ben Metcalfe (Team BridgeLane), James Moriarty (InForm TMX MAKE), Joseph Inglis (Cycling Development Foundation), Hunter McGovern and Tynan Shannon.

With eight laps to go, the two groups were pulling closer on the Mount Buninyong climb, combining after the top to create a force to be reckoned with, as the numbers swelled to 14. 

It didn’t stay as a stable cohesive group though, with some riders charging ahead – including Ben Metcalfe (Team BridgeLane) who delivered a long solo effort out the front – others dropping off and then others, like Quick, bridging.

As the laps ticked down, the peloton started to splinter and groups at the front were regularly splitting and reforming. As the bell for the final lap rang, there were nine riders out the front in prime position, three leading and another six close behind chasing, with the next bunch just a little less than a minute back.

On the final run into the line Saunders was leading teammate Quick and Dinham in while Turnbull also bridged across just before Quick opened the sprint, at around 150 metres to go. Dinham was fast to try and latch on in pursuit, but the 21-year-old InForm TMX MAKE rider held his position out the front and added a national title win to his two Bay Crit stage victories.

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Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Blake Quick (InForm TMX MAKE) 3:34:53
2Mathew Dinham (Team BridgeLane)
3Tristan Saunders (InForm TMX MAKE) 0:00:01
4Carter Turnbull (InForm TMX MAKE)
5Liam Walsh (Giant Racing Team) 0:00:07
6Rudy Porter (InForm TMX MAKE)
7Alastair Mackellar (Israel Cycling Academy)
8Dylan George (Team BridgeLane)
9Dylan Hopkins (Ljubljana Gusto Santic)
10Declan Trezise (ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast) 0:00:51
11Jensen Plowright (Equipe Groupama FDJ Conti) 0:00:58
12Brady Gilmore (Cycling Develpoment Foundation) 0:01:04
13Liam Johnston (InForm TMX MAKE) 0:01:28
14Fergus Browning (InForm TMX MAKE) 0:01:32
15Jesse Norton (Giant Racing Team) 0:01:58
16Cameron Wright (Balmoral Cycling Club) 0:03:57
17Samuel Eddy (Team BridgeLane) 0:04:27
18Matthew Fox
19Sam Fox (Team BridgeLane)
20Max Campbell (Futuro pro cycling)
21Rhys Robotham (Team BridgeLane)
22Will Thomas (Cycling Development Foundation) 0:04:29
23James Forbes (Knights Of Suburbia Racing) 0:04:39
24Zachary Marshall (Saint George Cycling Club) 0:04:41
25Jack Schouten (ONYVA Racing)
26Luke Britten (Rauland Development Cycling Team)
27Matthew Harvey (Midland Cycling Club)
28Jack Marshall (Cycle House)
29Bailey McDonald
30Joseph Inglis (Cycling Development Foundation)
31Henry Dietze (Giant Racing Team) 0:05:55
32Will Moloney-Morton (Cyclehouse) 0:06:20
33Matthew Greenwood (Tandem Co x Attaquer Pro Cycling)
34Mackenzie Edwardson (Team CCS) 0:07:30
35Tynan Shannon 0:09:52
36Timothy Harvey (Midland Cycling Club)
37Stinus Kaempe (ARBÖ Headstart ON-Fahrrad)
38James Panizza (Team BridgeLane) 0:09:56
39Andy Sampson (Giant Racing Team) 0:10:51
40Will Golding (ONYVA Racing)
41Tom Cheesman 0:13:31
42Kobe Henderson (Bendigo & District Cycling Club) 0:15:41
43Jason Woodard 0:18:39
44Edwin Britts 0:23:52
45Devraj Grewal (Oliver's Real Food Racing) 0:23:56
DNF Blake Agnoletto (InForm TMX MAKE)
DNF Josh Duffy (InForm TMX MAKE)
DNF Graeme Frislie (InForm TMX MAKE)
DNF Elliot Schultz (InForm TMX MAKE)
DNF David Williams (InForm TMX MAKE)
DNF James Moriarty (InForm TMX MAKE)
DNF Ben Metcalfe (Team BridgeLane)
DNF Malachi Covington (Team BridgeLane)
DNF Zachary Marriage (Team BridgeLane)
DNF Daniel di Domenico (ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast)
DNF Mitchell McGovern (Cycling Development Foundation)
DNF Daniel Potter (Cycling Development Foundation)
DNF Matthew Connan (Cycling Development Foundation)
DNF Tali Lane Welsh (Giant Racing Team)
DNF Spencer Evans (Giant Racing Team)
DNF Jai Fielke (Giant Racing Team)
DNF Ronan Teese (Giant Racing Team)
DNF Zachary Owen (Giant Racing Team)
DNF Aidan Teese (Giant Racing Team)
DNF Jonathan Farley (Nero Continental)
DNF Kurt Eather (Oliver's Real Food Racing)
DNF Luke Deasey (Rauland Development Cycling Team)
DNF Dylan Eather (Rauland Development Cycling Team)
DNF Luke Roper (Rauland Development Cycling Team)
DNF Kurt Tozer (Tandem Co x Attaquer Pro Cycling)
DNF Dalton Stretton (VA PRO RACING)
DNF Paul Wentrock (Van D'am Racing)
DNF Tom Sharp (Albury Wodonga Cycling Club)
DNF Alexander Matthews (APM Racing)
DNF Jacob Zlatkovic (Ballarat Sebastopol cycling club)
DNF Michael Beatson (Central Coast Cycling Club)
DNF Josh Hanigan (Hobart Wheelers)
DNF James Farley (Hunter District Cycling Club)
DNF Haddon Kilmartin (Ipswich Cycling Club)
DNF Austin Collins-Leslie (Mornington Cycling Club)
DNF Nathan Mann (Mornington Cycling Club)
DNF Oliver Bleddyn (Norwood cycling club)
DNF Aston Freeth (SASI)
DNF Angus Miller (SASI)
DNF Byron Woods (Shepparton Cycling Club)
DNF Christopher McInnes (St George CC Development Team)
DNF Finn Walsh (Tandem Co Elite Race Team)
DNF Will Kirkham (Zappi Racing Team)
DNF Tasman Blizzard
DNF Jarred Clarke
DNF Sam Estell
DNF Jordy Graziano
DNF Rohan Haydon-Smith
DNF Riley Helmore
DNF Hunter McGovern
DNF Oskar Moore
DNF Harry Nankervis
DNF Bailey Swan
DNF Jonathan Western
DNF Jack Menzies (Mersey Valley Devonport CC)
DNS Aiden Sinclair (Team BridgeLane)
DNS Matthew Rice (Lotto Soudal Development Team)
DNS Tom Lynch (Team Rauland NRS)
DNS Angus Vander (Brunswick Cycling Club)
DNS Domenic Paolilli (Flanders FMB Racing)
DNS Lachie Sky (Northern Sydney Cycling Club)
DNS Max Nichols (South Melbourne Physio)
DNS Maximilian Cyreszko (St George CC Development Team)
DNS Ben Patrick
DNS Lorcan Redmond

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Simone joined the team as Production Editor based in Australia at the start of the 2021 season, having previously worked as Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg.

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