Thursday, August 24, 2023


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Former Mackay Cyclists Make Podium At Road Nationals

Image 1: Alex Bogna (left) sprints for third place overall at the U23 AusCycling 2023 Road Cycling National Championships

Image 2: Dave Nicholas (left) pictured receiving his silver medal at the AusCycling 2023 Road Cycling National Championships

Professional Under 23 road cyclist Alex Bogna has proven worthy of his contract with the Alpecin-Deceuninck Development Team by coming third at last weekend’s AusCycling Road National Championships in South Australia.

The former Mackay Cycling Club member found himself in a break off the front of the peloton and could be seen doing a huge amount of work for the bunch to keep the riders at the front of the race.

Alastair MacKellar (Israel Cycling Academy) swept up the solo victory by reeling in the break before surging ahead solo to claim first place convincingly. Brady Gilmore (ARA Skip Capital), who had initially been part of MacKellar's three-man attack from the peloton, secured second by winning the sprint of five riders. Bogna out-sprinted James Panizza (Team BridgeLane) who had also been in the break with Bogna, for third place overall.

The race was held on the regular home to the Australian Road National Championships, an 11.6km circuit including the climb of Mount Buninyong Road. The U23 men’s race consisted of 12 laps, for 139km of racing.

Former Mackay Cycling Club member and Proserpine resident David Nicholas continued a run of good form by claiming silver at the Auscycling Road National Championships.

The para-cyclist has a long list of achievements on both the road and the track, including Olympic gold and world championship titles. He has been at the top level of para-cycling for more than a decade and shows no signs of slowing down. He currently resides in Bathurst, New South Wales.

Nicholas claimed second place in the road race, with Moreton Bay cyclist Kyle Willis winning gold.

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