Brenton Jones gets a golden opportunity to secure a second elite men's criterium title at the Fed Uni AusCycling Road National Championships in Ballarat on Friday.
Jones conquered the tight Sturt Street circuit in 2019 and has had an impressive lead up the 2022 edition.
The Victorian has been one of the most consistent performers in the Ballarat CBD event.
He finished on the podium four times - one silver and three bronze medals - before breaking through to secure the green and gold jersey three years ago.
"It's massive. It's a race that everyone knows I go to every year wanting to try and do as best I can," he said after receiving what had proved to be an elusive gold medal.
And his form now suggests nothing has changed for him.
Jones dominated the last National Road Series event on the Sunshine Coast in December - winning three of the four stages and the general classification.
He was then part of the bunch sprints behind Blake Quick in the two stages of the Bay Crits at Geelong at the weekend, providing him with a perfect preparation for the 44km (40 laps of the 1.1km course).
Ballarat's Nick White can also be expected to be prominent in his bid for a first national elite men's title.
The former national under-23 road race champion finished second to Kaden Groves, who is not back to defend his title, last year and like Jones has been working up to something like his best form after a quiet domestic season.
White blew out some cobwebs on the Sunshine Coast and was not far away at the Bay Crits, also featuring in the bunch sprint finishes.
White will have a big band of fellow Team Bridgelane riders in the 50-strong field, which also includes past champion Cameron Meyer.
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10.30am: masters (9 categories)
2.30pm: under-19 women (15 laps - 16.5km)
3.05: under-19 men (20 laps - 22km)
3.50: under-23 men (30 laps - 33km)
5.00: elite and under-23 women 35 laps - 38.5km)
6.30: elite men (40 laps - 44km)
1 Cameron MEYER (Bike Exchange Jayco)
2 Nick WHITE (Team BridgeLane)
3 Alastair CHRISTIE-JOHNSTON (Team BridgeLane)
4 Drew MOREY (Team BridgeLane)
5 James WHELAN (Team BridgeLane)
6 Jean-Pierre VAN DER MERWE (Team BridgeLane)
7 Rylee FIELD (Team BridgeLane)
8 Sam JENNER (Team BridgeLane)
9 Tom CHAPMAN (Team BridgeLane)
13 Cameron SCOTT (ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast)
18 Zack GILMORE (ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast)
19 Craig WIGGINS (ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast)
21 Aidan BUTTIGIEG (Nero Continental)
22 Ben CARMAN (Nero Continental)
23 Cooper SAYERS (Nero Continental)
26 Myles STEWART (Nero Continental)
29 Tasman NANKERVIS (St George Continental)
30 Cameron IVORY (St George Continental)
34 Jason THOMASON (Butterfield)
42 Thomas CLARKE (Cycle House)
43 Brodie SIMS (Cycle House)
44 Cyrus MONK (Cycle House)
45 Jaxon KING (Cycling Development Foundation)
47 Conor LEAHY (Inform TMX MAKE)
48 Luke BURNS (Inform TMX MAKE)
50 Patrick LANE (InForm TMX MAKE)
51 Brenton JONES (Inform TMX Make)
52 Brandon CONWAY (NCMG Criterion)
53 Brent REES (NCMG Criterion)
54 Dylan LINDSEY (NCMG Criterion)
55 Hugo THOMPSON (NCMG Criterion)
56 Nick PEDLER (NCMG Criterion)
57 Scott REYNOLDS (NCMG Criterion)
58 Karl MICHELIN-BEARD (Oliver's Real Food)
59 Bentley NIQUET-OLDEN (Oliver's Real Food)
60 Kai CHAPMAN (Oliver's Real Food)
62 Liam WHITE (Oliver's Real Food)
66 Ben SPENCELEY (Team Rauland)
67 Sam GREENWOOD (Team Rauland)
69 Tom CHESTER (Team Rauland)
72 Jacob LANGHAM (VA Pro)
74 Ryan CAVANAGH (Victoire Hiroshima)
78 Michael HARRIS (Armidale CC)
79 Ben HILL (Canberra CC)
82 Tom OVENS (Geelong CC)
83 Adam BLAZEVIC (Giant Racing)
84 Dylan SUNDERLAND (Global 6)
99 Lucas HOFFMAN (Whyalla)
118 Luke DURBRIDGE (Bike Exchange Jayco)