The first week of the new year brings our first competitive outing of the 2017 season, as our Australian contingent of riders take on their national championships. The elite time trial took place yesterday while the road race takes place on Sunday in Buninyong. Ben O’Connor lined up to represent the Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka colours for the first time this season when he started the 40km time trial yesterday. As a bronze u23 medalist in the event last year, O’Connor was up against the elite riders this year given his World Tour team status, despite still being an u23. Rohann Dennis (BMC) defended.