The 81st International Cycling Union (UCI) Road World continued its second day with a rain-soaked Monday in Ponferrada. Two events took place consisting of the under-23 men’s individual time trial result and the junior women’s time trial.
The lady cyclists began first with an 8.64 miles (13.9 km) loop course that was mostly flat, except for a 300-foot climb near the completion. Between the weather and a gradient of 7% the rhythm was disturbed by the steep descent and a flat run to the finish.
The 18 to 23-year-old men’s competition tackled a 22.46 mile (36.15 km) circuit looping on mainly even streets from Ponferrada before heading back and tackling the same 7% ascent as the women did.
The Australian national anthem was played twice for gold in the winner’s circle. After Monday’s events, it is no surprise from the results that the country is currently at the top of the provisional medal table. Australia has achieved two gold, two silver and one bronze medal as of September 21st.
Macey Stewart won the gold for Australia in the Junior Women’s World Time Trial Championship. “The weather wasn’t the greatest but to be honest I love racing in the rain so when I saw it was raining this morning I got a little bit excited,” she exclaimed after the race. She clocked in at 20 minutes 8 seconds and has had an exciting year in women’s racing thus far. The teenager snared a silver medal this year in Canberra during the opening day of the national under-19 road championships. She also tapped her medal tally by winning gold in August at the UCI Junior Track World Championships in Korea. Joining her on the podium for silver was Pernille Mathiesen of Denmark and taking bronze was her fellow countrymen, Anna-Leeza Hull.
The 2nd Australian taking gold on Monday was for the winner for the under-23 men’s individual time trial; Campbell Flakemore was thrilled to achieve his gold medal in a time of 43 minutes 49 seconds. He fought all the way to reach the finish line. His reasoning for this aggressiveness towards winning was simply stated with “This is my last year as an under-23 and I really wanted it today.” He has clocked over 3852 miles in 53 race days at his young age. Silver medal winner was Ryan Mullen of Ireland and taker of Bronze was Stefan Kueng of Switzerland.
Top Five Junior Women’s individual Time Trial
1. Macey Stewart (Australia)
2. Pernille Mathiesen (Denmark)
3. Anna-Leeza Hull (Australia)
4. Alexandra Manly (Australia)
5. Emma White (United States)
Top Five Under-23 Men’s Individual Time Trial
1. Campbell Flakemore (Australia),
2. Ryan Mullen (Ireland)
3. Stefan Kueng (Switzerland)
4. Rafael Ferreira Reis (Portugal)
5. Maximilian Schachmann (Germany)