Alas­tair claims ti­tle

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ALAS­TAIR Mackel­lar proved he is a fu­ture star of Aus­tralian cy­cling in win­ning the un­der-17 men’s time trial at the 2017 Cy­cling Aus­tralia Ju­nior Road Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Tas­ma­nia.

The cham­pi­onships were held from Septem­ber 1-3 in Devon­port. Eight ti­tles were awarded across Fri­day and Satur­day in the time trial and road races, be­fore bad weather caused the can­cel­la­tion of the Sun­day cri­teri­ums for safety rea­sons.

Alas­tair raced to vic­tory over the 14km time trial course in a time of 19 min­utes 10 sec­onds.

Fel­low Queens­lan­der James Mo­ri­arty, from the Bal­moral Cy­cling Club in Bris­bane, fin­ished in sec­ond place, 25 sec­onds be­hind Alas­tair.

Alas­tair said to win the un­der-17 na­tional time trial cham­pi­onship was a dream come true.

“Words can­not not de­scribe how ex­cited I am to have the na­tional cham­pi­onship,” he said.

“I’m over the moon with this re­sult and can’t thank those peo­ple who have helped me out over the past few months enough.

“The con­di­tions were al­ways go­ing to be tough in Tas­ma­nia and to take the win against James (Mo­ri­arty) and the other strong rid­ers means a lot to me.”

Alas­tair fell short of a podium place in the un­der-17 men’s road race, fin­ish­ing 17th in a bunch sprint, two sec­onds be­hind the win­ners. This was af­ter Alas­tair punc­tured in the race and had to solo back on to the lead group.

The com­bined time trial and road race re­sults meant that Alas­tair re­ceived the un­der-17 Cham­pion of Champions Jersey as the over­all win­ner of the un­der-17 men’s na­tional ti­tle.

Alas­tair said it was great to have for­mer na­tional cham­pion Henk Vo­gels sup­port­ing him at the event.

“Henk was a great sup­port for me over the week­end with his en­cour­age­ment and tac­ti­cal ad­vice,” Alas­tair said.

“Hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced peo­ple in my cor­ner has im­proved my con­fi­dence and pro­vided me with the op­por­tu­nity to learn more about rac­ing and per­form­ing at the elite level.

“Achiev­ing the time trial win and cham­pion’s jersey would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the sup­port of my coach War­ren McDon­ald and his fa­ther Merv McDon­ald OAM – I can’t thank them enough.”

For­mer win­ners of the ju­nior road na­tional cham­pi­onships in­clude cur­rent stars on the world stage Ro­han Den­nis, Luke Dur­bridge, Caleb Ewan and Amy Cure.

Alas­tair Mackel­lar won the un­der 17 men’s time trial at the 2017 Cy­cling Aus­tralia Ju­nior Road Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Tas­ma­nia.

PHOTO: CHRIS­TINE TAY­LOR

Alas­tair MacKel­lar (cen­tre) de­liv­ered an­other ti­tle to Queens­land in the time trial. He won from James Mo­ri­arty and Harry Mor­gan.

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