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."

Luke Durbridge (2nd) Michael Hepburn (1st) and Damien Howson (3rd). PICTURE: CRAIG HOLLOWAY

Luke Durbridge (2nd) Michael Hepburn (1st) and Damien Howson (3rd). PICTURE: CRAIG HOLLOWAY

Michael Hepburn crossing the finish line at Burrumbeet. PICTURE: CRAIG HOLLOWAY

Michael Hepburn crossing the finish line at Burrumbeet. PICTURE: CRAIG HOLLOWAY

Michael Hepburn at the start of the time trial in Burrumbeet. PICTURE: CRAIG HOLLOWAY

Michael Hepburn at the start of the time trial in Burrumbeet. PICTURE: CRAIG HOLLOWAY

Luke Durbridge at the start of the time trial in Burrumbeet. PICTURE: CRAIG HOLLOWAY

Luke Durbridge at the start of the time trial in Burrumbeet. PICTURE: CRAIG HOLLOWAY

Damian Howson at the start of the time trial in Burrumbeet. PICTURE: CRAIG HOLLOWAY

Damian Howson at the start of the time trial in Burrumbeet. PICTURE: CRAIG HOLLOWAY

Burrumbeet locals watch the Road National Championships. PICTURE: CRAIG HOLLOWAY

Burrumbeet locals watch the Road National Championships. PICTURE: CRAIG HOLLOWAY

Rhys Gillett at the start of the time trial in Burrumbeet. PICTURE: CRAIG HOLLOWAY

Rhys Gillett at the start of the time trial in Burrumbeet. PICTURE: CRAIG HOLLOWAY

Michael Gallagher at the start of the time trial in Burrumbeet. PICTURE: CRAIG HOLLOWAY

Michael Gallagher at the start of the time trial in Burrumbeet. PICTURE: CRAIG HOLLOWAY

Peter Milostic at the start of the time trial in Burrumbeet. PICTURE: CRAIG HOLLOWAY

Peter Milostic at the start of the time trial in Burrumbeet. PICTURE: CRAIG HOLLOWAY

Rhys Gillett crossing the finish line at Burrumbeet. PICTURE: CRAIG HOLLOWAY

Rhys Gillett crossing the finish line at Burrumbeet. PICTURE: CRAIG HOLLOWAY