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  Last year Jordan Kerby took the narrowest of victories over Harry Carpenter by 0.2 of a second. Pre race favourite Campbell Flakemore had to settle for fourth with Miles Scotson rounding out the podium. Australia has had something of an assembly line in the under 23 ranks against the clock in recent years. In the past seven years Australia has collected a medal every year and gold in four of the seven. Australia is the most successful nation at the World Championships leading with four gold and a total of 12 medals.

2014 Results

1 Jordan KERBY
2 Harry CARPENTER +0.2
3 Miles SCOTSON +14.1
4 Campbell FLAKEMORE +19.7
5 Samuel SPOKES +1:05.7
6 Jack HAIG +1:19.0
7 Shaun O'CALLAGHAN +1:28.4
8 Mitchell LOVELOCK-FAY +1:38.7
9 Jack BECKINSALE +1:52.4
10 Oscar STEVENSON +2:00.0

Past Winners

2013 Damien Howson (SA)
2012 Rohan Dennis (SA)
2011 Luke Durbridge (WA)
2010 Rohan Dennis (SA)
2009 Jack Bobridge (SA)
2008 Matt King (NT)
2007 Zakkari Dempster (VIC)
2006 Shaun Higgerson (NSW)
2005 Mark Jamieson (TAS)
2004 Mark Jamieson (TAS)
2003 Jonathan Davis (NSW)
2002 Jonathan Davis (NSW)

The Route

A new course for 2015 sees riders compete on a 29.3km undulating course. There is not one flat kilometre, which should make it interesting.

The Contenders

Full start list available here

Harry Carpenter

Carpenter claimed silver last year but the gap could not have been smaller, just 0.2 of a second. Went on to claim the Oceania title a month later but expect to see him back for revenge this year. Very strong against the clock and with the opportunity to confirm himself as the top under 23 time trialist in Australia will be motivated.

Miles Scotson

A Current World Champion and former Junior World Champion in the team pursuit. Rounded out the podium in 2014 just 14 seconds down on Jordan Kerby but finished ahead of Campbell Flakemore who would win the under 23 World title at the end of the year.

Largely a track rider it will be interesting to see how he copes with the undulating terrain. Don’t be surprised to see him contender for the victory though.

Jack Haig

Haig finished sixth in 2014 over one minute behind winner Jordan Kerby but Haig is not a pure time trialist. Strong against the clock though and on this terrain could be fighting for a medal. With an often lack of time trials in under 23 races presents a rare opportunity to test himself against the clock in competition.

Shuan O’Callaghan

A name that might fly under the radar but if you ignore it here you may miss him standing on the podium. Finished seventh last year but a three of the riders ahead of him have moved up to the elite ranks.

Callum Scotson

The younger brother of Miles makes his debut out of the junior ranks was the Australia Junior time trial champion last year. Scotson also collected a second Junior World title on the track last year in the team pursuit and just missed a medal finishing fourth in the individual pursuit.

Oscar Stevenson

Stevenson finished tenth last year and his 2014 season was filled with injuries and bad luck. Took a very impressive Tour of bright win in December thanks in no small part to his time trial performance. The undulating nature of the course suits him. Expect him to be a big challenger.

Alex Edmondson

A name most Australian cycling fans will be very familiar with. Multiple Track World Champion and reigning Commonwealth Champion in the team pursuit. Did the IP and TP double at the World Championships last year and is one of the very best in the world over 4km. The course here poses a challenge and it will be interesting to see how he performs. Was riding strongly at the Bay Crits.

Dan Fitter

Fitter is perhaps better known for his results on the track but is also strong on the road. Finished second just four seconds behind Michael Storer at the Oceania Championships in the junior time trial last year. Storer would later claim bronze at the World Championships.

Fitter claimed bronze in the individual pursuit at the Junior Track World Championships in 2014 before taking out the elite IP title at the Oceania Championships in October. First year out of the junior ranks but don’t be surprised to see him challenging for the podium.

Ryan Cavanagh

Strong against the clock but not a pure time trialist. Claimed fourth in the under 23 time trial at the Oceania Championships last year.

Alistair Donohoe

2014 World Champion in the Para C5 Time Trial is very strong against the clock. A regular on the podium in stages of the national road series. Was flying at the Para Track Championships in December and could prove to a big surprise and find him on the podium here.

Tom Kaesler

Junior Oceania Time Trial Champion in 2013 beating out Oscar Stevenson by one second. Finished 13th at the World Championships later in the year. 18th last year but the undulating course should suit him.

Other names to watch: Robert Power, Alex Porter, Matt Ross and Angus Lyons.
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