Elite riders eye time trial crown

MANDURANG’S Luke Knox has home-road knowledge in this afternoon’s Victorian Open road championships 30km time trial at Emu Creek.

Knox is the sole Bendigo cyclist in today’s Rising Sun Hotel-backed 30km race.

The Hume & Iser Home Hardware-backed three-day Bendigo Grand Prix starts with the women’s and men’s time trials on a course which has plenty of bends and some testing climbs.

Racing will begin at 10am, with the North Central Catchment Management Authority-sponsored women’s time trial first up.

Riders will head off at one-minute intervals for the 24.6km trial.

Bendigo clubmates Nicole McNamara and Rachel Ward will be doing all they can to achieve a podium finish, but the task will not be easy against the likes of St Kilda Cycling Club’s Bridie O’Donnell, Joanne Hogan and Josie Simpson.

Another cyclist to watch will be Felicity Wardlaw from Cycling Australia-MTBA.

A strong field in the men’s 30km time trial, which begins at noon, includes Blackburn’s Haydn Bradbury, Ben Dyball from New South Wales, and Penrith’s Peter Milostic.

Bradbury was in fine form on the track at last month’s Bendigo carnival and raced well in the support events of the Mitchelton Wines Bay criterium series.

His experience and strength means he could be well in the race for gold at Emu Creek.

A lot of Bradbury’s cycling career was spent in Bendigo where he excelled on the road and track.

The English-based Rapha Condor JLT-team has a strong presence in all GP events – time trial, road race and criterium.

Rapha Condor’s riders racing against the clock include Hugh Carthy and Michael Cumming.


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