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Durbridge does the business in Ballarat

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Luke Durbridge (Jayco/AIS) powers towards the gold medal in the men's under 23 national time trial championship in Learmonth near Ballarat.

Luke Durbridge (Jayco/AIS) powers towards the gold medal in the men's under 23 national time trial championship in Learmonth near Ballarat.
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Queenslander Michael Hepburn (Jayco/AIS) would finish in second place some fifty seconds behind teammate Luke Durbridge.

Queenslander Michael Hepburn (Jayco/AIS) would finish in second place some fifty seconds behind teammate Luke Durbridge.
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Ben Grenda (Genesys Wealth Advisers) from Tasmania has already won gold at the championships but would miss out in the ride against the clock.

Ben Grenda (Genesys Wealth Advisers) from Tasmania has already won gold at the championships but would miss out in the ride against the clock.
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Nick Aitken (Jayco/AIS) from Victoria approaches the final kilometre of his ride in Learmonth, Victoria.

Nick Aitken (Jayco/AIS) from Victoria approaches the final kilometre of his ride in Learmonth, Victoria.
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Jay McCarthy (Jayco/AIS) from Queensland in the final kilometre of his bronze medal ride in Learmonth.

Jay McCarthy (Jayco/AIS) from Queensland in the final kilometre of his bronze medal ride in Learmonth.
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James Boal from the Wangaratta Cycling Club makes his way out of Learmonth during the men's under 23 time trial championship.

James Boal from the Wangaratta Cycling Club makes his way out of Learmonth during the men's under 23 time trial championship.
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Campbell Flakemore from the Hobart Wheelers Club in Tasmania in action during the men's under 23 national time trial championship in Learmonth.

Campbell Flakemore from the Hobart Wheelers Club in Tasmania in action during the men's under 23 national time trial championship in Learmonth.
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Ben Dyball, registered with the Caravello Cycling Club, heads out of Learmonth in his ride against the clock.

Ben Dyball, registered with the Caravello Cycling Club, heads out of Learmonth in his ride against the clock.
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Tall and lanky Nick Aitken (Jayco/AIS) from Victoria focuses on the task ahead on greasy roads during the men's under 23 time trial championship.

Tall and lanky Nick Aitken (Jayco/AIS) from Victoria focuses on the task ahead on greasy roads during the men's under 23 time trial championship.
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Ben Grenda (Genesys Wealth Advisers), winner of the criterium championship on Thursday night, having a crack at the time trial championship in Learmonth.

Ben Grenda (Genesys Wealth Advisers), winner of the criterium championship on Thursday night, having a crack at the time trial championship in Learmonth.
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Dale Parker from South Australia heads down the main street of Learmonth during the 27.1 kilometre men's under 23 time trial championship.

Dale Parker from South Australia heads down the main street of Learmonth during the 27.1 kilometre men's under 23 time trial championship.
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Adam Phelan (Drapac Porsche) from the Australian Capital Territory in action during the time trial for the men's under 23 division in Learmonth.

Adam Phelan (Drapac Porsche) from the Australian Capital Territory in action during the time trial for the men's under 23 division in Learmonth.
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Time trialing is a lonely world: Men's under 23 road race champion Ben Dyball from New South Wales had a different feeling during his ride against the clock.

Time trialing is a lonely world: Men's under 23 road race champion Ben Dyball from New South Wales had a different feeling during his ride against the clock.
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Riding towards gold: Western Australian Luke Durbridge (Jayco/AIS) averaged 48.7 km/h to win the national mens under 23 time trial championship.

Riding towards gold: Western Australian Luke Durbridge (Jayco/AIS) averaged 48.7 km/h to win the national mens under 23 time trial championship.
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Rohan Dennis (Team SASI) from South Australia heads out of Learmonth on his ride against the clock.

Rohan Dennis (Team SASI) from South Australia heads out of Learmonth on his ride against the clock.
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Brendan J Cole with the Parramatta Cycling Club in Sydney gets everything out of himself as he corners into the home straight in Learmonth.

Brendan J Cole with the Parramatta Cycling Club in Sydney gets everything out of himself as he corners into the home straight in Learmonth.
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Ben Cutajar from the Gold Coast CATS Cycling Club takes in some air as he approaches the final 100 metres in Learmonth.

Ben Cutajar from the Gold Coast CATS Cycling Club takes in some air as he approaches the final 100 metres in Learmonth.
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Michael Hepburn (Jayco/AIS) from Queensland was fancied to make the podium, and he did. Hepburn finished in second place behind teammate Luke Durbridge.

Michael Hepburn (Jayco/AIS) from Queensland was fancied to make the podium, and he did. Hepburn finished in second place behind teammate Luke Durbridge.
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Aaron Donnelly (Jayco/AIS) from New South Wales heads into the final stretch of the time trial in Learmonth.

Aaron Donnelly (Jayco/AIS) from New South Wales heads into the final stretch of the time trial in Learmonth.
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Luke Durbridge (Jayco/AIS) powers towards the gold medal in the men's under 23 national time trial championship in Learmonth near Ballarat.

Luke Durbridge (Jayco/AIS) powers towards the gold medal in the men's under 23 national time trial championship in Learmonth near Ballarat.
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A rider speeds past an old bank in Learmonth just after his start in the mens under 23 time trial championship.

A rider speeds past an old bank in Learmonth just after his start in the mens under 23 time trial championship.
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The Men's Under 23 podium (l-r): Michael Hepburn (2nd,Jayco/AIS), Luke Durbridge (1st,Jayco/AIS), and Jay McCarthy (3rd,Jayco/AIS).

The Men's Under 23 podium (l-r): Michael Hepburn (2nd,Jayco/AIS), Luke Durbridge (1st,Jayco/AIS), and Jay McCarthy (3rd,Jayco/AIS).
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2011 Mars Australian Mens Under 23 Time Trial Champion Luke Durbridge from Western Australia with his spoils on the podium in Learmonth.

2011 Mars Australian Mens Under 23 Time Trial Champion Luke Durbridge from Western Australia with his spoils on the podium in Learmonth.
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Time trialing is a lonely world: Men's under 23 road race champion Ben Dyball from New South Wales had a different feeling during his ride against the clock.

Time trialing is a lonely world: Men's under 23 road race champion Ben Dyball from New South Wales had a different feeling during his ride against the clock.
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Luke Durbridge claimed his first national title in scintillating fashion, dominating the time trial in Learmonth, Australia. The 19-year-old West Australian blitzed the field to win by 50 seconds ahead of Jayco AIS team-mate Michael Hepburn. Jay McCarthy finished a
further fourteen seconds back to claim bronze ensuring a Jayco-AIS clean sweep of the podium.

Durbridge clocked a time of 33:23 over the 27.1km course. The youngster missed out on a gold medal by less than two seconds in last year's world time trial championships and was thrilled with his ride today.

"I'm very, very happy to come out with an Australian title, I'm really stoked," a smiling Durbridge said after the race. "Personally I felt I came in as one of the favourites. Rohan [Dennis] was chasing me and I had a little bit of pressure but I rolled the whole time hoping I could take it out today and it worked....I ran on adrenalin and I'm very happy.”

The riders started in overcast conditions and finished in rain around the country roads at Learmonth. Durbridge was second last to leave and it didn't take long to catch his minute man, Nathan Haas (Genesys Wealth Advisers), overtaking him at around the half-way mark. Durbridge was hammering along and it was evident he was on a great ride. Haas was just one of the victims crashing out and was shattered after the race as he was aiming for the podium.

"Nathan [Haas] had a fantastic road race and would have been up there today. He will bounce back from today, he's a fantastic rider. Full credit to him," said Durbridge.

Durbridge didn't look like slowing down after catching Haas and went full gear to the end.

"Over the final climb, it's about 5km to the finish. By that time I knew I nearly had it in the bag and James [Victor] said you have to put it in the big gear and go all the way home and that's what I did. James and I work hard on time trials and that's why I have some good results in time trials."

Durbridge crossed the finish line averaging 48.71km/h showing his true class.

"I loved the course. It was fantastic. It had long drags and you need sheer power and that's what suited me," Durbridge concluded.

Hepburn and McCarthy happy with medals

Queenslander Michael Hepburn would have liked to have won, but praised Durbridge's efforts.

"If you look at Luke's results last year you will see he's on the best time trialists in the world," the 19-year-old said.

"Coming second, I'm pretty pleased with that. I wasn't sure where my form was at and my preparation hasn't been great so I'm stoked to come away with a silver medal."

McCarthy, a silver medalist at the under-19 world championships last year in the road race was thrilled with his bronze medal.

"It's a great result for me. I didn't know how my form was coming into this event. It's a big year for me going into the Jayco-AIS team as I will be spending a lot of time in Europe and hopefully get some good experience. I came fifth in the under-19 world time trial last year. I had an accident in that race and was a bit unlucky but
to come back to a time trial and get a good result is great," McCarthy described.

 

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luke Durbridge (WA)0:33:23
2Michael Hepburn (QLD)0:00:50
3Jay McCarthy (QLD)0:01:04
4Damien Howson (SA)0:01:07
5Nick Aitken (VIC)0:01:17
6Joseph Lewis (NSW)0:01:32
7Rohan Dennis (SA)0:01:45
8Michael Freiberg (WA)0:02:03
9Dale Parker (SA)0:02:05
10Lachlan Morton (NSW)0:02:21
11Aaron Donnelly (NSW)
12Sean Boyle (SA)0:02:32
13Paul Van Der Ploeg (VIC)0:02:52
14Ben Dyball (NSW)0:02:57
15Ben Grenda (NSW)0:03:14
16Samuel Spokes (NSW)0:03:25
17Scott McPhee (SA)0:03:29
18Peter Loft (TAS)0:03:34
19Campbell Flakemore (TAS)0:03:40
20Cameron Bayly (SA)0:03:45
21Rhys Gillett (VIC)0:03:52
22Thomas Robinson (TAS)0:04:12
23Nicholas Dougall (QLD)0:04:23
24Brodie Talbot (NSW)0:04:26
25Nathan Elliott (VIC)0:04:39
26Kane Walker (VIC)
27Ben Cutajar (QLD)0:04:41
28Justin Vanstone (QLD)0:04:45
29Sam Davis (WA)0:04:47
30James Herd (VIC)0:05:02
31Luke Knox (VIC)0:05:20
32Brendan J Cole (NSW)0:05:32
33Andrew Christie (VIC)0:05:34
34Stuart Mulhern (QLD)0:05:39
35Michael Baker (MTBA)0:05:40
36Oliver Kent-Spark (VIC)0:05:41
37James Boal (VIC)0:05:51
38Lachlan Ambrose (SA)0:06:17
39Fergus Maclachlan (VIC)0:06:38
40David Hampton (NSW)0:07:12
41Benjamin Duncan (QLD)0:07:13
42Shannon O'Brien (VIC)0:07:33
43Brenton Jones (VIC)0:10:30
DNFNathan Haas (ACT)
DNFAdam Phelan (ACT)

 

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