ADVANTAGE: The Coast’s Daniel Fitter knows the Mooloolaba criterium course well.
ADVANTAGE: The Coast’s Daniel Fitter knows the Mooloolaba criterium course well. John Mccutcheon

National champ gets to perform for home crowd

THE Coast's Daniel Fitter says he will use tomorrow's criterium road race to kick-start his Junior Road World Championships campaign.

Fitter has had a wonderful past 12 months, highlighted by his win in the national under-19 individual pursuit championship in Adelaide.

He preceded that with a 14th in the individual road race for his age group at the road racing world championships in Italy.

The 17-year-old, who graduated from high school last year, said he could not wait to get amongst it tomorrow in the team event.

"My team of three will be looking to do well and there's a bit of money up for grabs and some incentive to do well," he said.

"I have done a few criteriums, but it is a pretty technical course so it could go any way really.

"But I have a quick finish on me so hopefully if I am up there at the end I can pull a good result, but we will wait and see."

Fitter said he would try to enjoy the inaugural event in front of a home crowd and not over-think things.

"I'm not putting too much pressure on myself but will obviously do my best to get up there," he said.

"There's a lot of bigger races through the year to focus on - this is a chance to do well if I can."

He expected tactics would prove invaluable in the high-energy sprint race.

"Each team has only got three people in it, which makes it pretty even, so you are not getting ganged up on," he said. "I ride through there a lot and so I know the course and I know the corners, but I have not raced around it yet.

"Tactics will be very important and I will have to have it all sussed out."

Fitter said he was purely focused on the Junior Road World Championships and had not even entertained the thought of getting on the Commonwealth Games team.

"The next selection race for junior road world is Tasmania, and that's all I am really thinking about at the moment," he said.

"I have to see how this year goes and then reassess at the end and chat to my coach and Cycling Australia before I think about any

thing like the Commonwealth Games."

 

CRITERIUM

  • Teams of three will compete in the event
  • The course consists of three laps and will take around 45 minutes to complete
  • Daniel Fitter will compete alongside good mate and fellow Sunshine Coast rider Ryan Cavanagh

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