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Australian Road Cycling Championships - NE

Sunshine Coast, Australia, September 5-15, 2003

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Day 5 - September 11: Individual Time Trials - Elite, U23, U19, Coolum

Milostic and Safe claim Oceania time trial crowns

Tyson Lawrence from Midlands in full flight
Photo ©: Rosalie Foster

Sydney's Peter Milostic has taken out the Oceania individual road time trial on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. Riding for the Penrith Panthers club, 29 year-old Milostic, who is currently ranked fourth in the National Road Series, posted a time of 49min53sec for the 40 kilometre event. The silver medal went to Sydney's Sutherland club rider Geoffrey Cook, 39, in 50min14sec with New Zealander Aaron Strong, 22, claiming bronze in 51min14sec.

"I haven't had the best preparation going into today's event after little sleep last night due to a domestic dispute from another apartment," admitted Milostic. "About five weeks ago, I made the silly mistake of sharing a drink bottle and paid the price when I came down with a nasty virus from it," he added.

The back of Amy Kirk is all anyone saw of her in the U19 time trial
Photo ©: Rosalie Foster

In the women's event, South Australian Amy Safe claimed this year's Oceania individual time trial crown after her victory today. In the 30 kilometre event, 27 year-old Safe completed the course in a time of 42min19sec, 25 seconds faster than silver medallist Sydney's Natalie Bates, 23, with Victorian Kathy Watt, 39, a further two seconds back in third place.

Safe, a former international rower, was the 2002 Australian individual pursuit champion on the track and silver medallist in the event this year. Last week returned from three months racing with the Australian women's program in Europe. "I hadn't really targeted this event but was hoping for a good result to finish off my road season," said Safe. "Nat (Bates) and I only arrived back from Italy last week so it's been a bit of a struggle to get back in touch and organised."

Safe's win has secured a place for her in the event at the World RoaChampionships which kick off in Hamilton, Ontario (Canada) from October 8th. The Oceania champion in individual disciplines has the right to compete over and above the usual number of riders qualified by nation ranking.

Peter Milostic repeats his first place in 2002
Photo ©: Rosalie Foster

"I definitely want to go to World's, and if the opportunity is there I'll be keenly chasing it," said Safe. "My goal is still the individual pursuit on the track but this year I had a really up and down early season, so we've been reassessing what's right for me in order to improve my times."

Safe realises her task has been made more difficult by the recent success of Victorian Katie Mactier who on debut rode a near world record time to claim the silver medal in the pursuit at last month's World Championships in Stuttgart. "Katie's ride was awesome - and all credit to her - but rather than make me depressed, it has spurred me on and I'm still determined to persevere," said Safe. "Over summer I'll be working to ride the times I know I'm capable of because if I want to achieve my goal I'll have to ride faster."

Today's course was a flat one ridden in 31 degree heat on the Sunshine Coast motorway between Coolum and Pacific Paradise. "It was dead flat which suited me," said Safe. "We had a tail wind on the two outbound loops, but a pretty fierce head cross wind on the way back so you knew you were working."

Safe says the temperature didn't bother her: "It was absolutely boiling in Italy so the heat wasn't a problem, it was cooler than last week." Safe has been working under the guidance of Australian track endurance coach Ian McKenzie with support from her boyfriend Simon Gillett.

"Macca (McKenzie) is the guru of track endurance and his help and the support of Simon is what keeps me going," said Safe. "Macca believes I should keep doing more road racing to help my track goals and you'd be crazy not to take his advice."

Please note winners of the elite category men's and women's time trial and road races at the 2003 National Road Cycling Championships are classified as the Domestic National Road Champion. The Australian Champions were decided in January at the BMC Software Australian Open Road Championships. However the winners of these events in Queensland will claim the Oceania Champion title.


Images by Rosalie Foster/VOILA Photography


Elite men
1 Peter Milostic (Penrith Panthers CC)                49.53.21
2 Geoffrey Cook (Sutherland Shire CC)                  0.21.63
3 Aaron Strong (New Zealand)                           1.21.19
4 Tyson Lawrence (Midland CC)                          1.52.79
5 Ashley Hutchinson (Cairns Cycle Club)                2.21.29
6 Peter Herzig (Uni Cycle Club)                        2.37.89
7 Brett Aitken (Adelaide CC)                           3.05.76
8 Christopher Bradford (Carnegie Caulfield CC)         3.08.48
9 Hilton McMurdo (Northern Districts)                  3.49.19
10 Craig Pitt (New Zealand)                            4.11.58
11 Daniel Brickell (Sutherland Shire CC)               4.43.16
12 Todd Sinclair (Northern Sydney)                     4.46.03
13 Peter Mueller (Adelaide CC)                         4.51.65
14 Adrian Booth (Victor Cycle Club)                    5.00.35
15 Marcus Hayman (Canberra Cycling Club)               6.02.78
16 Gilbert Gutowski (Broncos)                          6.54.87
17 Lee Bolden (Southern Districts CC)                  7.36.24
18 Matthew Wolstencroft (Sunshine Coast Cycle Club)    7.58.46
19 Gary Parkin (C.A.T.S.)                              8.25.35
20 Glen Baumann (C.A.T.S.)                             8.50.51
21 Stephen Blair (Canberra Cycling Club)              10.00.63
22 Nicholas Lawson (St George CC)                     10.31.97
23 Alistair Hartley (Kangaroo Point C C)              10.40.13
24 Adam Pyke (Mornington Cycling Club)                10.48.97
25 Nigel Walker (Victor Cycle Club)                   12.03.34
26 Brooke Nelson (Carnegie Caulfield CC)              12.03.38
27 Denis Imhof (Alice Springs)                        12.35.29
28 Oliver Feldhagen (Victor Cycles)                   14.03.17
DNF Scott Parslow (Parramatta CC)                             
DNF Stuart Hill (St Kilda Cycling Club Inc)                   
Elite Women
1 Amy Safe (Norwood C.C.)                             42.20.00
2 Natalie Bates (Parramatta CC)                        0.25.72
3 Kathryn Watt (Blackburn Cycling Club Inc)            0.26.90
4 Jennifer Finlay (Victor Cycle Club)                  1.18.18
5 Dale Tye (New Zealand Cycling Federation)            1.35.02
6 Liz Young (Lifecycle Cycling Club)                   1.57.78
7 Anna Jones-Perrin (Hamilton Pine River Wheelers)     2.32.60
8 Jessica Ridder (Bathurst CC)                         2.43.25
9 Nadene Boyle (New Zealand Cycling Federation)        3.05.49
10 Helen Kelly (Carnegie Caulfield CC)                 3.19.48
11 Jade Gilbertson (New Zealand Cycling Federation)    3.23.39
12 Elizabeth Hickey (Canberra Cycling Club)            4.00.62
13 Judith May (Canberra Cycling Club)                  4.06.47
14 Jenny Macpherson (Carnegie Caulfield CC)            4.15.51
15 Leonie Aisbett (Parramatta CC)                      4.27.68
16 Vanessa Crawford (Carnegie Caulfield CC)            4.51.39
17 Vickie Burr (New Zealand Cycling Federation)        5.13.33
18 Rebecca Preston (Sunshine Coast Cycle Club)         5.15.42
19 Laura Bortolozzi (St George CC)                     5.21.76
20 Tani Ruckle (Clarence St CCC)                       5.22.13
21 Toni Bradshaw (New Zealand Cycling Federation)      5.24.20
22 Marina Duvnjak (New Zealand Cycling Federation)     5.48.56
23 Wendy Walker (Penrith Panthers CC)                  5.53.89
24 Zoe Southwell (Parramatta CC)                       5.55.58
25 Sheree Richmond (Lifecycle Cycling Club)            6.43.08
26 Alexis Rhodes (Norwood C.C.)                        7.04.27
27 Kerryn Charman (Geelong West Cycling Club Inc)      7.24.55
28 Loretta Mabin (Leongatha Cycling Club Inc)          8.17.32
U19 Men
1 Sean Finning (Castlemaine Cycling Club Inc)         25.39.29
2 Matthew Haydock (New Zealand Cycling Federation)     0.11.80
3 Miles Olman (Rockhampton Cycle Club)                 0.25.48
4 Mathew Rex (Norwood C.C.)                            0.54.33
5 Keith Evans (Midland CC)                             1.09.05
6 Dean Windsor (Bathurst CC)                           1.13.49
7 Kato Nixon (Norwood C.C.)                            1.21.59
8 Steven Evans (Midland CC)                            1.33.24
9 William Thompson (New Zealand Cycling Federation)    1.35.98
10 Luke Mccarthy (New Zealand Cycling Federation)      1.36.22
11 Adam Tully (C.A.T.S.)                               1.37.54
12 Peter Ladd (Bendigo & District CC)                  1.40.70
13 Michael Teggelove (Echuca/Moama Cycling Club)       1.49.50
14 Samuel Ross (New Zealand Cycling Federation)        2.00.72
15 Bradley Payne (C.A.T.S.)                            2.02.13
16 Dane Macky (New Zealand Cycling Federation)         2.05.13
17 Kane Brennan (Bathurst CC)                          2.13.01
18 Patrick Shaw (Ballarat/Sebastopol C C)              2.20.49
19 Andrew Wade (Melville Fremantle CC)                 2.36.31
20 Thomas Greathead (Southern Districts CC)            2.45.06
21 Brett Gillespie (Hedland Cycling Club)              2.46.67
22 Kai Rothlisberger (Lifecycle Cycling Club)          2.52.66
23 Luke Anderson (C.A.T.S.)                            3.23.52
24 Jason Hegert (Ballarat)                             3.25.01
25 David Bassett (New Zealand Cycling Federation)      3.25.16
26 Jeremy Davis (Broncos)                              3.27.48
27 Timothy Walker (West Tamar CC)                      3.27.86
28 Nathan Wise (Carnegie Caulfield CC)                 3.48.74
29 Nathan Silleto (Canberra Cycling Club)              4.09.16
30 Jared Rowney (C.A.T.S.)                             4.10.39
31 Casey Munro (Brunswick Cycling Club Inc)            4.19.43
32 Peter Spencer (C.A.T.S.)                            4.26.92
33 Christopher Simonelli (Broncos)                     4.27.78
34 Aaron Kowald (Canberra Cycling Club)                4.29.66
35 Josh Murfet (Launceston City CC)                    5.36.29
36 Brendan Murphy (Leongatha Cycling Club Inc)         6.33.70
U19 Women
1 Amy Kirk (Midland CC)                               22.29.83
2 Hannah Banks (Broncos)                               0.42.63
3 Karina Wilkinson (New Zealand Cycling Federation)    0.52.63
4 Jessie Maclean (Canberra Cycling Club)               0.59.57
5 Sarah Rota (C.A.T.S.)                                1.20.48
6 Megan Windsor (Bathurst CC)                          1.22.67
7 Victoria Freeland (Stawell-Great Western C C)        1.38.63
8 Eve Hood (Parramatta CC)                             1.42.53
9 Kylie Howlett (Ararat&District Cycling Club)         2.01.72
10 Felicity Abram (Victor Cycle Club)                  2.04.40
11 Genna Crean (Noarlunga South Coast C.C.)            2.12.87
12 Amy Phillips (Carnegie Caulfield CC)                2.36.94
13 Jessica Armstrong (Canberra Cycling Club)           2.50.70
14 Erin Downing (Carnegie Caulfield CC)                2.57.38
15 Nicole Hanssen (Caboolture CC)                      2.59.32
16 Tegan Napper (Port Stephens CC)                     4.16.94
17 Melinda Harris (Mudgee CC)                          6.03.11
U23 Men
1 Timothy Gudsell (New Zealand Cycling Federation)    39.09.11
2 Shaun Higgerson (Randwick Botany CC)                 0.11.89
3 Richard Moffatt (Wagga Wagga Club)                   0.23.46
4 Robert Lyte (Hinchinbrook Cycling Club)              0.30.18
5 Troy Glennan (St George CC)                          1.21.76
6 Hector Morales (Hinchinbrook Cycling Club)           1.37.94
7 Stephen Collins (New Zealand Cycling Federation)     1.50.05
8 George Bunt (Canberra Club)                          1.57.04
9 Matthew King (New Zealand Cycling Federation)        2.02.91
10 Jorge Libonatti (Hinchinbrook Cycling Club)         2.17.27
11 James Meadley (Canberra Club)                       2.19.06
12 David Kemp (Toowoomba Club)                         2.37.78
13 Stephen Rossendell (Hobart Wheelers)                2.50.74
14 Kharne Hammersley (West Tamar CC)                   3.13.30
15 Jason Patterson (Townsville Cycle Club)             3.49.61
16 Joshua Wilson (Launceston City CC)                  3.54.72
17 Paul Richards (Warragul Cycling Club Inc)           4.00.69
18 Danny Hillary (New Zealand Cycling Federation)      4.25.17
19 Bradley Simpson (Adelaide CC)                       4.49.01
20 Ben Nicol (Kangaroo Point C C)                      5.29.91
21 Andrew Kilday (St George CC)                        6.14.99
22 Julian Samios (Uni Cycle Club)                      6.40.54
23 Christopher Lee (St Kilda Cycling Club Inc)         6.48.65
24 Tommy Nankervis (Carnegie Caulfield CC)             7.56.97
25 Lincoln Brown (Carnegie Caulfield CC)               8.45.19
26 Peter Priest (Sunshine Coast Cycle Club)            9.52.02