BENDIGO cyclist Patrick Eddy completed a fine road national championships by finishing second in the junior men's road race on Saturday.
Eddy was edged out by Declan Tresize in a sprint finish to the 104.4km event.
The silver medal came on the back of a gold medal in Wednesday's time-trial and a fourth placing in Friday night's criterium behind Tresize.
Eddy, Tresize, bronze medal winner Alastair MacKellar, fourth placed Alex Bogna and fifth placed Alex Micallef completed the 104.4 km trip in two hours, 49 minutes and 58 seconds.
Bendigo's Ronan Teese finished 12th - 34 seconds behind the winner.
Club-mate Blake Agnoletto, who won a silver medal in the criterium, finished in 20th place in the road race, while clubmate Alex Allott was 35th.
No other Bendigo riders completed the course.
Trezise, who was pushed all the way by Eddy, described his victory as 'amazing'.
"We started with 87 riders or something like that and each lap sort of shed a few riders and I managed to be there on the last lap and followed the right move," he said.
"When the move went I was just in pain, lactic acid was all through my body and it was just pure agony but we got over the final King of the Mountain climb and had a bit of a gap on the main field and we worked well together to get to the end."
Bendigo's Olivia Sens was a gutsy seventh in the junior women's road race.
In an event where only nine riders completed the tough 70km circuit, Sens rode strongly to be just two-and-a-half minutes behind the winner Haylee Fuller.
Connor Sens finished inside the top of the junior men's road race.
Sens was 19th in the gruelling 139.2 km event - 4:47 behind winner Jarrad Drizners.
Sam Eddy finished 23rd, with Jasper Albrecht 31st and Isaac Buckell 50th.
On Sunday, Peta Mullens warmed up for this month's Santos Women's Tour Down Under with a seventh place in the elite and under-23 women's road race.
Mullens, who will ride for Roxsolt Attaquer, finished 5:51 behind the winner Amanda Spratt.
It was a third national road race title for Spratt, who will be a targeting a fourth-consecutive Tour Down Under crown.
Mullens' Roxsolt Attaquer team-mate Justine Barrow finished the race in second, narrowly ahead of Grace Brown.
Spratt's previous wins were in 2012 and 2016, giving her three national road race titles in Olympic years.
"This one is just as special, if not more special," said Spratt, who will target the road race in Tokyo.
Robbie Hucker was the best placed of the Bendigo riders in the elite men's 185.6km road race, finishing in 11th place.
Australian cycling star Cameron Meyer made amends for a heartbreaking loss in last year's title race to win in a time of 4:48.16.
Hucker finished among a group of riders one minute and 52 seconds behind Meyer, with Sam Crome next best of the Bendigo brigade in 22nd spot.
Tasman Nankervis, Jason Lea and Julian Thomson did not finish the race, while Chris Hamilton was a non-starter due to injury.
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