Liam Magennis is hoping a maiden national title will open the door to Australian selection.
The 21-year-old donned the green and gold jersey for the first time after winning the FedUni Cycling Australia Road National Championships under-23 men’s time trial at Buninyong on Tuesday.
Magennis said this was by far the biggest moment in his cycling career.
“It feels amazing.”
He said hopefully this would put him in the eye of selectors for the world championships.
Magennis, who sees the time trial as his specialty on the road, said national selection would be awesome, having always missed out on national team selection in the past.
Magennis from NSW, rode the 29.5km in 38 minutes 3.33 seconds – 20.3 seconds faster than his nearest rival and defending champion Lucas Plapp.
Sam Jenner continued his consistent form with third, adding to his third in the road race. He was also second in the time trial last year.
Magennis climbed out of his sick bed to ride the time trial.
He said he developed a head cold after finishing 13th in Saturday’s road race.
“I have been feeling a bit iffy and spent a lot of time in bed the last few days.”
Despite that, Mageninis said his preparation had been strong
“I had a good couple of months and really been nailing time trial sessions for the past few weeks,” he said.
Up to Tuesday, the Tour of Mansfield in last year’s Victorian Road Series had been his biggest success.