Australia’s campaign at the 2017 UCI Road World Championships in Norway opened on Monday with a bronze medal through Madeleine Fasnacht (Tasmania) in the under 19 women’s time trial, while Callum Scotson (South Australia) narrowly missed a medal in the under 23 men’s event finishing fifth.
“I didn’t know what to expect today I just did my best and I’m really happy with getting on the podium,” said the Commonwealth Youth Games gold medallist and reigning national champion Fasnacht.
The 17-year-old Hobart Wheelers Cycling Club member was the 27th of 47 riders to set out in wet conditions on the 16.1 kilometre course.
A controlled ride saw Fasnacht clock the fifth fastest at the first time check and third at the half way point, before she powered home to stop the clock in 24mins 2.04secs for the second fastest time behind early starter Alessia Vigilia (Italy) by 36 seconds.
It was a nervous wait for the Tasmanian who was later edged into bronze by final starter Elena Pirrone (Italy) who took the title in 23mins 19.17secs, 42 seconds faster than Fasnacht.
The bronze medal continues an exciting year for the rising star who claimed gold and bronze medals at the Oceania Championships, double gold at the Under 19 Road National Championships before picking up time trial gold and road race bronze at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas.
“It’s been a pretty phenomenal year really from one thing to the next.”
Fasnacht will represent Australia in the under 19 women’s road race on Friday.
Port Adelaide Cycling Club’s Scotson produced a consistent ride in the under 23 men’s event to finish fifth, missing the podium by just five seconds.
“Yeah I am happy with my ride. I gave it my all and everything went smoothly. It’s an improvement from last year and I was close to the podium so that’s nice,” Scotson said.
“For sure it is a little disappointing to finish so close to the podium but that is racing. In a time trial what you put out there on the course is what you finish with, so even if you are close you have to settle with what you did and I enjoy the event for that reason.”
The Rio 2016 Olympic Games team pursuit silver medallist made a conservative start holding the 35th fastest time at the first of six check points before jumping up the standings to move in to the top 10 following the Birkelundsbakken climb.
The downhill run towards the finish allowed Scotson to put his power down to stop the clock in 48mins 27.73secs to move in to the bronze medal position. As the final riders crossed the line Scotson claimed a top five finish, one minute and 21 seconds behind winner Mikkel Bjerg (Denmark), to improve on 10th in Doha last year where his brother Miles collected the bronze medal.
“The course was quite challenging, technical and definitely long. It was quite unknown territory racing for almost 50 minutes, but I enjoyed the course,” Scotson added.
Scotson will line up alongside Robert Stannard, Jai Hindley and Michael Storer in the under 23 men’s road race on Friday.
Competition continues Tuesday with the under 19 men’s time trials featuring Sebastian Berwick and Mitchell Wright and the elite women’s with 2016 bronze medallist Katrin Garfoot.
Under 19 Women’s Time Trial
1 Elena Pirrone (Italy) 23:19.72
2 Alessia Vigilia (Italy) +6:38
3 Madeleine Fasnacht +42.32
Under 23 Men’s Time Trial
1 Mikkel Bjerg (Denmark) 4:06.48
2 Brandon McNulty (United States) +1:05
3 Corentin Ermenault (France) +1:16
5 Callum Scotson 1:21