Devonport rider Macey Stewart has secured her maiden elite individual national title, taking out the women’s omnium national championships in Melbourne.
Aiming for a podium finish, Stewart did so and more by finishing top of the table with 124 points, seven clear of New South Wales’ Josie Talbot.
TIS rider Kristina Clonan finished two points further back in third spot.
The win comes as a reward for effort Stewart, who started the year by crashing out in the Tour Down Under.
“It’s been a really hard few months, I’ve been training probably harder than I’ve ever trained before,” Stewart told Cycling Australia.
“I’ve moved to Adelaide and been settling in there but everything’s on track and I know I’m in the right place to reach my full potential.”
Stewart will now look to defend her national madison title at Hisense Arena on Saturday – but will have to do so without the help of her long-time racing partner Clonan.
“I’m really excited to see how I go this weekend after putting in some really hard work over the last couple of months,” Stewart said.
“I’m riding with a new partner - they’ve split Kristina and I up - so I’m racing with Josie Talbot.
“I think we’ll be a really strong team I’m excited to see what we can do.
“I haven’t raced against [Clonan] in a madison in a long time, I think it’s an opportunity for us to learn a lot about each other too, I think we’re going to learn more from racing apart than racing together.”