Josh riding high after first senior individual national title

08 Feb 2018

OUTSTANDING SASI athlete Josh Harrison can now add another impressive achievement to his cycling cv - individual national title holder.

Harrison, 22, took out the men's 15km scratch race at the Anna Meares Velodrome to record his first senior individual national title.

Producing a gutsy ride Harrison won the 60-lap title from Stephen Hall (WA) and SASI teammate Rohan Wight (SA).

The next night Harrison gave it a mighty shake again to finish second to champion Kelland O'Brien in the 40km points race - an event Harrison also finished runners-up in at the 2017 event.

A triple Oceania champion and 2013 junior world champ, Harrison was thrilled with his recent success and the team's effort which won it the overall competition for the second year in a row.

''I'm pretty happy with that,'' Harrison said.

''I've been chasing a national title for a long time and to finally get one is very satisfying.

''The scratch race was very hard, lots of attacks and I just had to wait for the right attack to go and then (it was) hard for it to stay away.

''But I still had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to win this race so I had to think tactically how I could get this group to the finish.

''It worked out perfectly when Rohan Wight and Cooper Sayers came across to take the load off my back and I could focus on the win.''

SASI Cycling Head Coach Brett Aitken said Harrison was outstanding.

''Josh's first senior individual national title was just huge,'' he said. "It was a great effort and one of the highlights of the meet.''

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