• Rohan Dennis remained unstoppable at the Mars Cycling Australia Road National Championships. (Kathryn Watt - Watt Shotz Photography)Source: Kathryn Watt - Watt Shotz Photography
Rohan Dennis has won his second-straight Mars Cycling Australia Road National Championships time trial by nearly a minute.
Cycling Central

5 Jan 2017 - 5:43 PM  UPDATED 6 Jan 2017 - 6:54 AM

Dennis clocked 50min 59.27sec over the 40.5km course at Buninyong, near Ballarat to beat Orica-Scott rider Luke Durbridge by 58 seconds. Ben Dyball was a minute and 38 seconds behind for third.

“Two weeks ago I was fairly confident and then on New Year’s Day I was really confident but then that night I came down with something. This gave me a bit of doubt as I didn’t know how I was going to go," Dennis said.

“The headwind was huge on the way back and it just kills you as you are fighting it the whole time. It was harder than last year and more like the conditions we had two years ago. The last 5km hurt a fair bit.”

“Durbridge really threw it down on the way out and this stressed me out a little bit as I didn’t expect him to be up by three seconds.

"It was a fight all the way to finish and we weren’t getting time checks after the top of the climb so after 12km to go I didn’t have a time check. So I didn’t know if he held back on the climb and really booted it for the last 10-12km, so it was an absolute battle.

"I did blow up a little bit in the last 5km but I told myself to just not have massive power differences on the uphills and downhills and keep it a bit more even. It was more of a mental battle then. I just had to back myself and the power I was putting out which isn’t always easy when you’re on the limit. It’s a bit of a learning curve again.”

The under 23 race was won by Callum Scotson in a time of 38min 27.55sec ahead of transplanted New Zealander Robert Stannard (39:26.35) and Michael Storer (39:46.84).