Williams doubles up by winning the New Zealand Road Race Championships

Georgia Williams has given Team BikeExchange their fifth national title of the season, winning the New Zealand Road Race Championships to double up after her time trial triumph. It was an aggressive start to the 130km race as Williams attacked early on the opening lap, with only Kate McCarthy (Cabjaks – Castelli Custom) able to follow the 27-year-old. The duo quickly opened up an advantage of over one minute, and despite the gap falling to 40 seconds back to a solo chaser, the pair headed into the finale to battle for victory. Williams played the final kilometre to perfection, allowing McCarthy to drift to the front, before opening up her sprint in sight of the line, powering to victory and her second national road race title. Georgia Williams: “I’m so happy, I did have a bit of pressure on my shoulders, but I just had to race smart, I knew I had the legs, so I’m happy to pull it off. “It was sort of in the back of my mind that I wanted to go early, just because if I waited too long then the sprinters might have been able to hang on. But I was a little bit surprised and thought maybe it’s too early. But I knew Kate was super strong, so I knew we would be ok. “I watched her [McCarthy] race last year and it was so impressive, so when I saw her there, I was like ‘oh my gosh, perfect’, and she was awesome out there, I couldn’t have done it without her today. “I thought I could ger her [in the sprint], I wasn’t 100% sure, but I sort of forced her to lead the last 800 metres, so I was confident enough.” New Zealand Road Race Championship 2021 – Results: 1. Georgia Williams (Team BikeExchange) 3:47:11 2. Kate McCarthy  (Cabjaks – Castelli Custom) ST 3. Sharlotte Lucas (DNA Pro Cycling) +0:48 Photo Courtesy of Danielle Ward (Concept78)