Nationals Road Race 2017
Well, wasn’t the 2017 nationals interesting?!
I have to admit I am still a bit disappointed about what happened. But I am also very happy with my performance and can take lots of confidence away. I gave it a good crack, and had the form to be able to animate the race. Sure, I got my laps mixed up and attacked on lap 17/18 thinking it was the final time around the Buninyong circuit. I got caught halfway up the hill on the final lap, and finished in 7th place for the day.
I do wonder if I could have won the race had I known exactly what lap we were on, but I guess we’ll never know. And that’s why I can’t be too disappointed.
Maybe if I waited and attacked on the final climb I wouldn’t have gotten away? Or maybe, even though I thought it was the last lap, my attack on lap 17 was my chance to win. Durbridge wasn’t too far behind, so if I didn’t commit, maybe he would have caught me around the circuit for the same outcome. Or just maybe, I’d have been able to conserve just a little bit more energy, and have the mental strength to stay away on the final climb and be solo for another lap.
Either way, I didn’t win but the good news is that there’s another national road race next year, and I’ll be back to give it another crack.
One of the best things besides taking confidence from the race was the overwhelming support I had from everyone. Yes, I felt like a bit of a goose, but the amount of support I received quickly alleviated these feelings. You know who you all are! So thank you.
I sat down and did an interview with Cyclingtips talking about the race, you can read it here: https://cyclingtips.com/2017/01/the-nationals-win-that-almost-was-a-chat-with-brendan-canty/
And you can check out my strava file for the day here: https://www.strava.com/activities/824755362/overview
Next up is the Tour Down Under which starts on Tuesday 17th of January, which also happens to be my 25th birthday 🙂