Brown settles for silver at Australian time trial championshipsWed 8 Jan 2020
Having won the Australian time trial title in 2019, her debut season with Mitchelton-SCOTT, Grace Brown was eager for a title defence on the new course in Mt Helen.
The 27-year-old had to settle for second place after a monster second-half effort from Sarah Gigante (TIBCO), who added a 2020 Australian time trial title to the road race title she won in 2019.
Brown finished just nine seconds down on Gigante, the closest finish in the event since 2011. Mitchelton-SCOTT teammates Amanda Spratt and Lucy Kennedy settled for fourth and sixth respectively.
Grace Brown – Silver medal:
"I think given my form this year I paced the course pretty well. I chose to just ride by feel and not focus on power, which has worked well for me in the past.
"Finishing second by nine seconds is hard to take because I feel like I could have dug deeper and gained that time, but really I think it was a solid ride.
"All up, the result fits in well with where I want to be at this time of the season. I’m aiming to peak for the Cobbled Classics and that seems to be on track."
Australian Time Trial Championship - Women's Results:
1. Sarah Gigante (Team Tibco) 42:41.8
2. Grace Brown (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +9.1
3. Emily Herfoss (Roxsolt Attaquer) +10.3
Photo courtesy of Con Chronis / Zac Williams.