Australian Road Champ’s 2023

Last week saw the best Australian bike riders line up in their respective road cycling events. The Australian Championships are usually the first in the world to take place in each year. This is largely due to the weather and the opportunity to have the best riders, many living in Europe, all race together whilst home over the northern hemisphere winter. The races are also a good opportunity to check out team kits for the 2023 season.

Gold Rush

The Australian National Championships have taken place in Ballarat, Victorria for the last 16 years. The city was one of the wealthiest in the world in the 1850’s when the discovery of Gold made Ballarat the place to find your fortune. Today, the city attracts the best Australian bike riders, all aiming to pull-on their country’s green & gold National Champion’s jersey for the coming season. It’s also a good opportunity for me to dust off my old back-up camera from 10 years ago when took photos of bike riders for magazines.

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal Dstny) In front of Ballarat Town Hall before the Mens Elite Criterium won by Kelland O’Brien (Team Jayco Alula’)
Elite Women Criterium Championships won by Amber Pate (Team Jayco Alula’)
Luke Plapp (Ineos Grenadiers) winner of the Mens Elite Road Race
Ben O’Connor (AG2R – Citroen Team) and Michael Mathews (Team Jayco Alula)
Brodie Chapman (Trek Segafredo) won the Elite Womens Road Race (photo heading for 3rd in the TT)
Grace Brown (FDJ Suez Futuroscope) won the Elite Womens Time Trial
Jay Vine (UAE Team Emirates) Won the Mens Elite Time Trial
Luke Durbridge (Team Jayco – Alula) second place Mens Elite Time Trial
Luke Plapp (Ineos Grenadiers) 4th in the Mens Elite Time Trial (despite losing time with a mechanical issue)
Road Race bunch under the gum trees

Ben O’Connor (AG2R – Citroen Team)7th in the Elite Mens Road Race
Lachlan Morton (EF Education – Easypost) trying hard to keep cool
Womens Elite Criterium – Sturt Street, Ballarat

Check out our full 2023 Road Bike line-up here