Aus Road Nats 2014, a set on Flickr.
The Australian Championships were held in Ballarat last week. I managed to attend the men’s elite road race, which gathered an outstanding field of ProTour riders.
The race was won by Orica-GreenEdge star Simon Gerrans, from a three-man selection including Cadel Evans (BMC) and Richie Porte (Sky).
Gerrans used the excellent support provided by his team-mate Cameron Meyer (who launched a late attack and then drove the pace for Gerrans, allowing him to sit on Evans and Porte, saving energy) to perfection.
Having the national title decided from arguably the three top Australian riders of the moment was a rare treat for the crowd, and the buzz at the finish was extraordinary.
It was a great day out, with a brilliant vibe along the side of the road, and some excellent hard racing.
The sheer numerical advantage that Orica-GreenEdge has means it’s always in the box seat for the win, but this year Drapac had a good shot, controlling the race for a long period. Ultimately though, the World Tour team simply had too much firepower for the Pro Continental team to handle.
Some of the other elite riders without strong team support, the likes of Cadel Evans, Richie Porte, Adam Hansen, Steel Von Hoff, and Jack Bobridge, tried hard but when it comes down to it, the best team usually wins.