SASI riders continue hot pace in Canberra, Bendigo
South Australian athletes again played a big part in last week's Oceania Road Championships in Canberra and Bendigo International Madison.
There is no stopping South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) cyclists when it comes to performing on the big stage.
SASI's amazing start to 2017 continued with success at the prestigious Bendigo International Madison on March 11 and 12 and the 2017 Oceania Road Championships in Canberra from March 9 to 11.
SASI team Rohan Wight and Alex Porter upset the favorites to take out the men's Madison in Bendigo from Sam Welsford/Kelland O'Brien with Josh Harrison (SASI)/Roy Pieters in third place. Cameron Meyer/Callum Scotson were fourth while young SASI stars Barden O'Shea/Cooper Sayers took seventh place.
On the Saturday night Alex Manly (SASI) teamed with Amy Cure (Tasmania) to beat Kristian Clonan/Georgia Baker, while Maeve Moroney/Plouffe partnered Macey Stewart to take third place.
SASI team Dani McKinnirey/Chloe Moran rode well to finish fourth, while Breanna Hargrave finished in fifth with Josie Talbot, (NSW).
In Canberra at the Oceania Road Championshsips Maeve continued her fantastic form to win the junior individual time trial (14km) in a time of 21:44.5. She rode strongly to beat Libby Arbuckle (New Zealand) and Madeleine Fasnacht. SASI's Liam Nolan also produced a fantastic ride to take silver in the junior men's road race with 39 riders finishing the 120km event.
SASI lead cycling coach Brett Aitken said it was another top result from the SASI team.
"(In Canberra) Maeve was excellent and puts her in a position to choose between track and road for the worlds (cups) coming up,'' he said.
"And for Liam to ride the way he did and to get a podium finish was great.''
Australia dominated the Canberra event, winning all time trials and road races.
Aitken also said the SASI cyclists continued to set a high bar at any event they competed in.
''We are again punching well above our weight and we are really excited with what we have achieved,'' he said.
''Our talent, especially with the under 17s coming through, is very good.''
The events capped off an outstanding few months where SASI/South Australian riders dominated many major events.