Gold and silver for Tasmania at cycling's under 19 road national championships

SILVER MEDAL: Devonport's Anya Louw had a successful day in Geelong on Friday. Picture: Cordell Richardson

SILVER MEDAL: Devonport's Anya Louw had a successful day in Geelong on Friday. Picture: Cordell Richardson

Anya Louw’s strong form on the bike has translated to a podium finish on the opening day of the under 19 road national championships in Geelong as Tasmanians took the first two places on the podium.

The Devonport teenager on Friday collected a silver medal in the individual time trial  with Hobart’s Madeleine Fasnacht taking gold.

The Oceania road race winner finished the 17.7 kilometre course at You Yangs Regional Park in a time of 28:29.8, with Louw 1:05.6 behind her.

The Mersey Valley Cycling Club cyclist wasn’t the only North-West Coast product to enjoy herself on Friday, with Renee Dykstra finishing fifth on a productive day for the state.

The City of Burnie Cycling Club member finished 1:45.3 behind Fasnacht.

Amalia Langham, who is from the same club as Dykstra, was 17th in a time of 33:09.9.

Of the Tasmanian men, Launceston’s Zac Johnson was the best of the five riders from that city that coach TIS cycling coach Matthew Gilmore has at the titles.

He finished the 20.9km men’s time trial in 12th spot in a time of 30:45.4.

Josh Duffy was 25th in 31:44.9, with Sean Hughes-Roberts 31st in 31:44.9.

Zack Gilmore failed to finish after coming from his bike, with the TIS Racing Team page saying he “has a cut to his head but is doing fine”. 

Oscar Davie failed to start the event. The time trial was won by Thomas Jones.

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