Josh riding high after first senior individual national title

Josh riding high after first senior individual national title

Hard-working SASI cyclist Josh Harrison not only enjoyed being a part of SA's victorious team at the 2018 Cycling Australia Track National Championship in Brisbane but he also celebrated by winning his first senior individual national title

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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