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Track Nationals opening day sees records tumble as Cornish smashes kilo

The 2021 AusCycling Track National Championships launched into action at Brisbane’s Anna Meares Velodrome on Wednesday with a jaw-dropping performance from Thomas Cornish (NSW) highlighting the record-breaking night.

Tom Cornish, AusCycling Track National Championships 2021

Tom Cornish smashes the Australian 1km time trial record at the AusCycling Track National Championships 2021. Source: AusCycling/John Veague

is the place to be for livestream action from the AusCycling Track National Championships, with coverage starting from 7.30 AEDT nightly on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a noon start on Sunday.

Cornish, a member of the Australian Cycling Team’s Podium Potential Academy, showed that potential is not all that he has as he shot to a record-breaking Australian time of 59.598secs as he won the elite men's 1000m time trial title.

The time eclipsed the long-standing mark set at altitude by Scott Sunderland (59.675 in 2014 in Mexico) and broke the track national championships' record previously owned by Matthew Glaetzer (59.759).

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Cornish has been flirting with a sub-minute 1000m TT ever since breaking the World Junior Record in Aigle, Switzerland at the 2018 UCI World Junior Championships but was yet to break through the barrier before his ride yesterday.

The Sydneysider was a picture of jubilation upon realising what he had achieved, highlighting just how special the performance was to him.

“I’m absolutely stoked to have gone under (the minute) by half a second almost … it’s unbelievable – I can’t really describe it to be honest. I was not expecting it," said Cornish. 



Cornish was not the only one to rewrite the history books on the opening night, with the Victorian under 19 women’s team pursuit outfit smashing the clock with a time of 4mins 32.984secs.

The gold-winning performance of Alyssa Polites, Sophie Marr, Lucinda Stewart and Hayley Jenkins was nearly four seconds better than the previous record (4:36.792) set by the Australian junior Team in 2011.

South Australia’s elite women's team pursuit squad of Amber Pate, Kat Chung-Orr, Chloe Moran, Sophie Edwards and Bree Hargrave were not keen on missing the opening night record-breaking party either. The SA quartet rode to their full potential in the gold medal final against Queensland, posting a championship record time of 4mins 24.705secs.

“We were really happy with that ride," said Moran. "Our coach Brett has coached five teams to gold in the pursuit and he’s a great coach. All the girls rode amazingly.”



Rising sprint star Kristina Clonan (QLD) defended her green and gold jersey in the elite women’s 500m time trial.
The proud Queenslander loves putting on a show in front of her home crowd and was over the moon to notch back-to-back national titles in the event.

“I feel like where I’m at in this moment … I’m kind of just riding everything," said Clonan. "I honestly show up every day with the mindset I’m going to go hard and I’m not boycotting anything.”

 is the place to be for livestream action from the AusCycling Track National Championships, with coverage starting from 7.30 AEDT nightly on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a noon start on Sunday.

#TrackNats21 Streaming Times

  • Thursday 25 March 2021 7.30pm AEDT
  • Friday 26 March 2021 7.30pm AEDT
  • Saturday 27 March 2021 7.30pm AEDT
  • Sunday 28 March 2021 12 noon AEDT
Tickets are still available for  ahead of time and at the door. There's an AusCycling available as well to follow the finalised list of placings.



SESSION TIMES

Five days of action in the individual and team sprint, keirin, individual and team pursuits, individual time trials, points race and scratch race, Madison and Omnium.

There are nine sessions across five days:

Session 1 Wednesday 24th March 2021 2pm

Session 2 Wednesday 24th March 2021 7.30pm

Session 3 Thursday 25th March 2021 1pm

Session 4 Thursday 25th March 2021 7.30pm LIVESTREAM SBS CYCLING CENTRAL FACEBOOK

Session 5 Friday 26th March 2021 12 noon

Session 6 Friday 26th March 2021 7.30pm LIVESTREAM SBS CYCLING CENTRAL FACEBOOK

Session 7 Saturday 27th March 2021 2pm

Session 8 Saturday 27th March 2021 7.30pm LIVESTREAM SBS CYCLING CENTRAL FACEBOOK

Session 9 Sunday 28th March 2021 12 noon LIVESTREAM SBS CYCLING CENTRAL FACEBOOK

FINALS

Wednesday 24th March 2021 – Session 2

Under 19 Women Team Pursuit
Under 19 Men Team Pursuit
Elite Women 500m
Under 19 Women Team Sprint
Under 19 Men Team Sprint
Elite Men 1000m TT Final
Under 19 Women Scratch Race 7.5km
Under 19 Men Scratch Race 10km
Elite Women Team Pursuit
Elite Men Team Pursuit

Thursday 25th March 2021 – Session 3

Under 19 Women 500m TT
Under 19 Men 1000m TT
Under 19 Women Madison 20km (80 laps)

Thursday 25th March 2021 – Session 4 - LIVESTREAM SBS CYCLING CENTRAL FACEBOOK

Under 19 Men Madison 30km (120 laps)
Under 19 Women Keirin
Elite Women Individual Pursuit
Under 19 Men Keirin
Elite Women Sprint
Elite Men Individual Pursuit

Friday 26th March 2021 – Session 5

Under 19 Women Sprint
Under 19 Men Sprint
Under 19 Women Omnium Round 4

Friday 26th March 2021 – Session 6 - LIVESTREAM SBS CYCLING CENTRAL FACEBOOK

Under 19 Men Points Race
Elite Men Omnium Round 4
Elite Men Team Sprint
Elite Women Points Race

Saturday 27th March 2021 – Session 7

Under 19 Women Individual Pursuit

Saturday 27th March 2021 – Session 8 - LIVESTREAM SBS CYCLING CENTRAL FACEBOOK

Under 19 Men Omnium Round 4
Elite Men Sprint
Elite Women Keirin
Elite Women Omnium Round 4
Elite Men Scratch Race

Sunday 28th March 2021 – Session 9 - LIVESTREAM SBS CYCLING CENTRAL FACEBOOK

Under 19 Women Points Race
Under 19 Men Individual Pursuit
Elite Women Team Sprint Final
Elite Men Keirin
Elite Women Scratch Race
Elite Men Points Race



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Published 25 March 2021 at 11:49am
By SBS Cycling Central
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