Australian Open Road Championships 2007
Carla Ryan took the Australian Time Trial Championship in style. The 21 year old was not only awarded a gold medal for the under 23 competition, she also went faster than anyone else in the field, thereby taking the coveted Australian Champion's jersey and the senior gold medal too.
Ryan, riding in Queensland colours, but originally from Victoria, beat 2006 Champion, Kathy Watt by 10 seconds to take the title. She admitted that the pressure was on, she was riding the same bike as Sara Carrigan had taken to time trial silver in 2006 and which her team-mate, Hayden Josefski had taken the under 23 men's silver medal this morning.
An emotional Ryan dedicated her win to Scott Peoples, who was tragically killed whilst training in mid-December. Both riders were originally from Shepparton in Victoria's north-east. "I looked up to him, as much as he was younger than me, but he was starting to do really well in the sport."
Carla Ryan has only been cycling competitively for a couple of years, her background is in long-distance running. She had hoped to finish in the top ten and was clearly overcome with her achievement “This is totally unexpected, but it feels awesome, I’m not sure whether its sunk in or not yet.”
2006 Champion, Kathy Watt was second in an impressive ride just ten seconds slower than Ryan. Bronze medallist, Toireasa Gallagher was the only other rider under 44 minutes on the 28km course.
It was a hot and blustery day on a course with a long drag of a climb within the first kilometre.
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