Michael Hepburn wins elite men's trial at Burrumbeet

MICHAEL Hepburn has ended the elite men's time trial reign of Luke Durbridge in the MARS Cycling Australia Road National Championships at Burrumbeet.

A disappointed Durbridge had to settle for second to his teammate in al ORICA-GreenEDGE podium.

Southern Australian Damien Howson was third.

Hepburn, of Queensland, said the gold medal has exceed his expectations.

He said went into the 45km event hoping for a podium finish, but not expecting to beat Durbirdge.

Hepburn said he had raced Durbridge in time trials, but never beaten him before.

Hepburn has been a world champion on the track, but this is his best result on the road.

He said he was eager to improve his time trailing.

"This is one area I want to improve in."