There was gold at the end of Australia's rainbows, nine of them, with the team topping the gold medal tally at the 2019 UCI Para Road World Championships in the Netherlands.
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16 Sep - 1:18 PM  UPDATED 16 Sep - 1:20 PM

Bronzed Aussies shine at Para Road Worlds
The Aussies continued to shine on the world stage with bronze medals and strong placings on Day 3 of the UCI Para Road World Championships.
Australia makes it rain again at Para Road Worlds
The Australian team made it rain two more gold medals at the UCI Para Road World Championships in the Netherlands, with Carol Cooke and Emilie Miller winning their time trials, while Stuart Jones bagged silver.

Australia's nine gold saw them finish ahead of Germany and Italy, while the team’s fifteen medal haul ranked third on the nations ranking behind the USA (21) and Germany (19).

The team's highlights included dual world titles to Carol Cooke (T2) and Emilie Miller (H1), while Darren Hicks (C2), Emily Petricola (C4), Paige Greco (C3), Alistair Donohoe (C5) and David Nicholas (C3) now boast dual road and track world crowns in 2019.

Cooke stormed to her eighth and ninth career world titles in the T2 (tricycle) time trial and road race.

“I can’t believe that I’ve done the double," she beamed. "But I came into this year with no expectations, to enjoy racing and have fun. It’s turned out to be the best year ever."

The Victorian has earned a break after also winning four gold and two silver medals during the 2019 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Cup and crowned series champion. But only after she's finished contesting the para road race in Yorkshire next week at the UCI Road World Championships.  

“For the first time at the able-bodied World Championships there will be a para race, so I am looking forward to helping make history by racing there! Then it’s home to have a short break, re-connect with my husband, dog and family as it has been such a big year.

“I’ve learned a lot this year in regards to tactics and learning how to race (yes even after doing this for eight years) and that all comes from being open to trying new things with my coach Rebecca DiCello and my sports scientist Nick Owen. Those tactics certainly came into play today and helped me win this race.”

“But I’ll be back in training soon as 2020 is a big one with the Tokyo Paralympics. So I’ll have to pick it up, even more, to firstly make the team and then if I do try and replicate Rio." 

Dual 2018 world champion Miller defended her H1 (handcycle) ITT and road race crowns. Like Cooke, she was also crowned World Cup series winner in 2019. 

“Getting to stand on the podium wearing the green and gold is always a proud moment," Miller said. "So it was exciting to be able to do that twice this week in what has been an incredible week for the whole team." 

“Winning dual rainbows and the World Cup series in 2019 sums up the hard work both myself and my support team have put in this year. I showed some good form at the World Cup in Belgium, and we built on it again this week at Worlds, so it’s a great feeling knowing I’m continually improving and becoming a better athlete.”

Kaitlyn Schurmann (VIC) and Meg Lemon (SA) bagged dual bronze in the C1 and C4 events respectively, while Stuart Jones (NSW) brought home the silver in the T2 time trial.

Stuart Tripp (VIC) H5 and Hannah Macdougall (VIC) C4 finished inside the top five in both their finals demonstrates the consistency of the entire team. 

The haul at the Para Road Worlds tops off a stellar 2019 international season for Australian para-cyclists which began with a 17-medal haul at the 2019 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in March. 

Out on the tarmac, the team claimed 29 medals across the three rounds of the 2019 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Cup season.

“We have had great success at these championships,” Australian Cycling Team Para-cycling Technical Director Warren McDonald said. “Athletes, Coaches and support staff have worked incredibly hard together as a team to produce personal best performances.

“The year ahead to Tokyo will be challenging in the planning and timing to repeat the success of both our Track and Road World Championships of this year.”

For a full report and medal tally, visit the Australian cycling team website.