World champion Rohan Dennis pursues a fourth consecutive national title in his preferred discipline – the time trial – at Buninyong on Tuesday.
The South Australia bypassed Sunday’s road race to ensure he is in the best possible shape for the last day of the FedUni Cycling Australia Road National Championships.
If successful, Dennis will emulate Nathan O’Neill, who won the national time trial four times in a row from 2004.
However, he will still be one short of O’Neill’s five championships, with the Queenslander having won his first on 2002.
Dennis, who won the world title in Austria in September, will start a red hot favourite for the event on a 40.9km out-and-back circuit south of Buninyong.
Dennis faces past time trial champions Cameron Meyer and Luke Durbridge, new road race champion Michael Freiberg and three-time under-23 champion Callum Scotson, who rides in elite company for the first time.
Four-time national elite women's time trial champion Shara Gillow is a big chance to add to her tally, with Katrin Garfoot having retired after winning the past three titles.
The field will also feature new sensation Sarah Gigante, who is fresh from winning the elite women’s road race at just 18 years of age.
She took out the national under-19 time trial last year. as part of a treble.
Tuesday’s program will also feature para events and the under-23 women.