Copyright Kevin Anderson

Some of Australia’s and the world’s best will contest the 2017 Australian Para-Cycling Road National Championships in Melbourne, April 28 and 29.

The two-day National Championships will feature road races and time trials with 26 titles on offer in road races and time trials across bicycles, tri-cycles, hand-cycles and tandems for men and women.

Dual Rio Paralympic gold medallist Carol Cooke (VIC) headlines a field of champions that also includes 2016 Paralympic individual pursuit champion and 2012 time trial gold medallist David Nicholas (QLD). Stuart Tripp (VIC) and Kyle Bridgwood (QLD) who claimed silver in Rio will also line up.

Amanda Reid (NSW) who claimed two world titles on the track in March will be hoping to add to her national championship tally on the road. Joining her are track teammates Kieran Murphy (SA), Darcy Thompson (SA) and Simone Kennedy (NSW) who all claimed medals at the World Championships.

The fields also include a host of defending champions including Emilie Miller (NSW), Karen Harvey (WA) and Alex Welsh (VIC) in the hand-cycle category and Andrew Bannister (WA) and Garry Robinson (NSW) in the tri-cycles.

Friday sees time trial action from 11AM and run between Nar Nar Goon and Langwory Road. The road races on Saturday take place from 9AM starting with an 18.5 kilometre opening lap before additional laps of 10 kilometres, with the number depending on category.