Tasmanian Madeleine Fasnacht has added to her impressive cycling successes at the Commonwealth Youth Games.
In the steamy 31 degree heat of the Bahamas, the 17-year old blitzed the field to claim individual time trial gold medal.
Fasnacht completed the 10-kilometre course in 13 minutes 12 seconds, half a minute ahead of her nearest rival.
The Guilford Young College Year 12 is among 75 Aussies at the Games in Nassau which began on Wednesday, and will back up in Sunday’s flat, coastal road race over 65km.
Fasnacht has exploded onto the national cycling scene, twice winning the Australian junior road race.
After victory in Canberra last year, the TIS Racing Team member won again in Geelong in June when she also added the individual time trial.
In March she claimed the junior Oceania road race title in Canberra and also contested the road race and time trial at last year’s Under-19 road world championships in Qatar.
Veteran Jason Rigg is leading by example for the TIS team racing in Belgium.
On his 48th birthday, Rigg came in 22nd of 134 starters in a 117-kilometre race in Keiem and was the team’s only finisher.
He was also 34th of the 125 riders over 116km from Emelgem to Izegem and 48th of 73 starters in a 118km race in Gistel in which teammate Jake Oliver was 15th, Harrison Musgrave 20th, Michael Astell 25th and Jacob Langham 49th.
Astell was reported to be the worst hit when the team was involved in a crash caused by an open car door, but he escaped with mainly bruising.