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Champions Return To Defend Cycling Titles

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Winners of all four elite titles will attempt to retain their crowns at the national road cycling championships in Napier next week.

Commonwealth Games medallist Georgia Williams will defend the women’s time trial and road race honours she won this year at the Vantage nationals, as will fellow Gold Coast medallist Hamish Bond in the BDO elite men’s time trial, while Jason Christie has the opportunity to join a special group to have won the elite men’s road race title three times.

The championships, which begin on Friday and end on Sunday, have attracted an impressive 159 event entries which include 83 males to contest the elite and under-23 road race titles.

Christie won the road race honours in 2016 and 2018 both in Napier, and a third win would see him join the late Lance Payne and Hawke’s Bay’s former professional Vern Hanaray as three-time winners, behind four-time champion Jack Swart and five-time winner Gordon McCauley.

Photo: Georgia Williams (centre) was on top of the podium twice back in January and will attempt the double again next week. 

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Posted: 29 December 2018

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