Patrick Eddy (Inform TM Insight MAKE) made it two time trial wins from two years of juniors at the Australian Road National Championships, blitzing a quality field by nearly a minute over the new course around Federation University.
Eddy was by far the fastest over the 18.8 kilometre course, besting Alastair Mackellar (Pro Racing Sunshine Coast) and Zac Kelly (Hawthorn Cycling Club) by 58 and 68 seconds respectively to stand atop the podium.
“I’m pretty stoked,” said Eddy. “I’ve been putting a lot of time in on the time-trial bike and there was a bit of pressure heading into this event, so I’m pretty stoked to take the win.”
“There were a lot of top riders coming in from the Under 17 ranks to the Under 19s so I was a bit worried there, but stoked to take it out.”
The Bendigo-based Eddy completed the impressive feat of going back-to-back in consecutive years as a junior and has clearly grown a bit taller and filled out a touch since last season as a first year junior. Eddy’s prospects augur well after a good 2019, a superb start to 2020 and a spot on a good National Road Series team in Inform TM Insight MAKE.
“It’s been a big year and I’ve grown a fair bit,” said Eddy, “mentally as well racing with the seniors and Inform, going overseas and racing the world champs… you learn a lot. I had great results last year but I feel way better this year so hopefully I can have a good year.
“Probably the main goals are the Oceania championships in March and then the World championships in September in Switzerland. But of course the National Road Series, I’d love to have a good crack at that with the Inform guys. Those are the main goals.”
Eddy stormed home after the opening climb which he described as ‘a bit bergy’ to secure the win on a gusty day out on course. The course is a new one for Ballarat nationals, primarily based around Federation University and significantly more technical than the previous route.
“I actually really liked it,” said Eddy of the course. “I was a bit worried when they got rid of the last one and not sure whether I’d like the new one. But after a few trial runs I was really impressed with it. Obviously always love a course you win on.”
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Written by Jamie Finch-Penninger