Scotson Claims Back-to-Back Australian U23 Time Trial Championship5. January 2017, Ballarat (AUS) — Development Team
Callum Scotson has defended his Australian U23 Time Trial championship and kicked off the 2017 season for BMC Development Team in an incredible race against the clock.
Scotson, in his debut race for BMC Development Team, showed his time trial prowess on the 29.3km course in Ballarat, Victoria, to clock 38:27” and take the win with a solid margin of 58 seconds over Robert Stannard.
Scotson smashed the 14km intermediate checkpoint with a time of 15:37”.
The Winner’s Interview with Callum Scotson
Callum, congratulations on the win! How did you feel going into the race?
“I felt pretty confident. I knew I had been going well in training and I knew how to ride the course from last year. I was just really hoping that I could back it up. It was awesome to start the season with BMC Development Team like this. Having all of the equipment and all of the help I’ve been given, it was nice to pay the team back with a win today.”
You’ve been on the track a lot in the last year. Do you think that helped you today?
“Yeah, for sure. It is a pretty hard course and quite hilly. I’d probably rather if it was a flatter course. On the way out when you are going close to 60km per hour there’s a really big tail wind, so having the track experience really helps then when it comes to power.”
You won last year. How would you compare the two races?
“I think it was about a minute slower this year. It was a lot harder this year with a huge head wind on the way back. I was a lot faster at the halfway mark this year but then on the way back it was really hard. You would go up a hill and on the downhill you weren’t even going very fast because of the massive wind stopping you. I didn’t really come home too quickly I don’t think.”
How are you feeling going into the U23 road race on Saturday?
“I’m pretty confident as I’ve trained more for it this year. I will be one of the heavier riders in the race and it’s a pretty hard course. But it can suit a powerful rider. It just depends on how hard the race is really. It could be a bit too hard for me being a bigger rider but it could also suit me if it’s a really hard at the end as I could have the power to get over some of those hills.”
Australian National Road Race Championships – U23 Time Trial
Ballarat > Ballarat 29.3km
Top 3: 1. Callum Scotson (BMC Development Team), 2. Robert Stannard, 3. Michael Storer