We’re less than a week into the new year and already former Wagga cyclist Cameron Scott has a national title to his name.
Scott once again prevailed at the Road National Championships in Ballarat on Wednesday, taking out the criterium.
Having won the event in the under 15 and under 17 categories previously, this year he added to his increasingly-full trophy cabinet by taking the under 23 crown.
Scott was over the moon when all was said and done.
“It’s also just that feeling of relief,” he said.
“There’s that pressure going into it so it’s just that relief when everything comes together well in the end.”
It was a tactical win for the current St George Cycling Club standout, sitting back to study the field before finding gaps and working with his teammates to break through them.
“As a team we knew we’d go pretty well, we have a few strong riders so we definitely had lots of options,” he said.
“It just came down to down who was in right in position.”
Scott’s victory comes a little more than two weeks after he won the St Kilda-based Shimano Super Crit and finished third in the Men’s Australian Madison Championships.
Meanwhile, his brother Lachlan finished 36th in the field of 90, while Tolland young gun Jake Brooker finished 47th.
Fellow young Tolland rider Myles Stewart did not finish.
The local contingent of riders will now shift their focus towards Saturday’s road race, with none of them scheduled to compete in the time trial.
“The road race will definitely be a challenging one,” Scott said.
“They’ve shortened it a little bit this year and it’s on a little earlier so it won’t be as hot, but it will still be a very hard climb to make.”
Following the conclusion of the Road Nationals, Scott will jet across the Tasman to compete in the New Zealand Cycle Classic later in the month.