Callum Scotson (SA) made it a Scotson hat-trick as he defended his under 23 time trial national title by nearly one minute at the 2017 MARS Cycling Australia Road National Championships in Buninyong.
Callum's second green and gold jersey keeps it in the family after his older brother Miles claimed the title in 2015.
Stopping the clock in 38 minutes and 27.55 seconds, for the 29.3 kilometre course, just under a minute slower than his time of a year ago.
First starter Robert Stannard sat in the hot seat for the entire race only to be edged to silver by final starter Scotson. 2015 Junior World Championship bronze medallist Michael Storer (WA) rounded out the podium.
"I think last year it was very unexpected for me to win, so this year is a bit of a relief as I was the favourite coming in. it’s a big load off my shoulders," said Scotson who was the first person to black back-to-back under 23 titles since Mark Jamieson in 2004-05.
"I could tell straight away it was going to be hard on the way back, I was just flying along without even trying too hard and the way back felt like it went forever."
Having won last year Scotson was able to use his experience on the course to pace himself. "I really know the course now, I've ridden it three times and I know how much it can hurt on the way back. It's not a forgiving course."
Scotson will now turn his attention to the road race on Saturday as he looks to emulate his brothers success from 2015 where he claimed the under 23 time trial and road race double.
"It was good to be able to tick off today and now switch my focus to the road race. All I can do is have a crack, I can only do what I can do."
Under 23 Time Trial Results
Gold - Callum Scotson
Silver - Robert Stannard
Bronze - Michael Storer
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