Science student Cyrus Monk is the 2018 Australian U23 Road Race champion after riding away from the field at the Road Nationals in Ballarat on Saturday.
Monk, the Melbourne University Cycling Club star and 2016 World University Games Road Race champion, joins an illustrious honour roll including the likes of Simon Gerrans, Rohan Dennis and Caleb Ewan, to have won the U23 Road National Championship. And he did so in scorching conditions around the Buninyong circuit, which was reduced to 98.2kms due to the extreme heat on race day.
With an early breakaway group out front of the race, Monk took matters into his own hands – bridging first from the peloton to the chasers and then onto the lead group. By lap seven Monk and WA’s Reece Tucknott were away together, maintaining their lead before the Melburnian attacked again. Monk soloed to the finish with arms aloft, followed in 26 seconds later by James Whelan (VIC) and Michael Potter (NSW).
“I have been trying to picture this every training ride for the past four months, so it is pretty hard to believe it has actually happened”, exclaimed Monk following his triumph.
“I am sure it will sink in throughout the rest of the day”, he told Road Nationals scribes immediately after the race.
Monk also paid tribute to his UCI Continental team Drapac EF Holistic Development on social media after the race, and was looking forward to celebrating his win with team-mates and supporters in the coming days. Monk also just missed the podium in the U23 Individual Time Trial, finishing 4th, just over two seconds back from the bronze medal and 15 seconds off the gold.
Another Science student-athlete, Ruby Roseman-Gannon, won the silver medal in the women’s U23 Criterium on day one of the Nationals. Cycling Club members Emma Chilton (also studying Science) was fourth in the women’s U23 Road Race; David Randall (Environments) was 20th in the men’s U23 Criterium and 33rd in the Individual Time Trial; and Sean Lake (Science graduate) was 6th in the men’s Elite Individual Time Trial and earned a number of new admirers for riding in the lead group for much of the Elite Road Race on the final day of competition.
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Monk dazzles at Buninyong to claim U23 crown – 2018 Road Nationals
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Cyrus Monk: under-23 road race champion – Ride Media
Monk thrives in heat for big cycling win – SBS News