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