Williams defends time trial title at New Zealand ChampionshipsFri 4 Jan 2019
25-year-old Georgia Williams has successfully defended her New Zealand Time Trial Championship in Napier today and will don the coveted black and white champion’s jersey in Europe for her 2019 season with Mitchelton-SCOTT.
In similar conditions to last year, the field fought a windy 20km route, including a nasty head wind on the return home.
Williams claimed the gold medal ahead of Rushlee Buchanan by 11seconds, mirroring the top two podium positions from 2018.
With little time to celebrate, the double 2018 champion will be back in action tomorrow to defend her road race championship.
“I’m happy. It’s a relief as there’s always a bit of pressure coming here trying to defend my title so it was good to get this one.
“It was super hard (with the wind on the back of the course). I think I went a little bit too hard on the way out in the tail wind and got a bit too excited, so I was struggling down the back in the headwind. It just dragged on and dragged on, but I just pushed through.
“The team loves a national champion and it’s really cool to represent New Zealand in Europe.”
1. Georgia Williams (Mitchelton-SCOTT) 28:51
2. Rushlee Buchanan +0:11
3. Holly Edmondston +1:50