Australia has demonstrated its strength at the World Solo 24 hour Championships with wins in both the elite male and female classes.
Defending champion Jason English confirmed his dominance in the event, completing 23 laps of the technical Stromlo course. Second place went to Australian Andy Fellows who managed 22 laps, with Canadian Cory Wallace in third.
Australia also filled the top two steps of the podium in the women’s even, with Victorian Jessica Douglas winning with 21 laps from compatriot Katrin Van der Spiegel and American Eszter Horanyi.
The men’s race was in little doubt following English taking the lead within the first five hours. Prior to the weekend his main rival was expected to be former winner Craig Gordon, but Rockstar racing’s hard-man was unable to compete after suffering an injury in training.
The women’s race fluctuated more throughout the 24 hours, but under the cover of darkness Jess Douglas made her move and build her lead through the second half of the race.
Her victory was a step up from her strong fourth placing in Canada last year and announces her arrival on the world stage. After admitting to being underdone and jetlagged at the 2009 event, the World Championships at Stromlo became her goal for 2011.
The dominance at the World Solo Championships topped off a successful week in Australian cycling. After a near whitewash at the Commonwealth Games and topping the medal tally at the UCI World Road Championships, the message is that Australian cycling is in strong shape; on the dirt, track and road.