GOLDEN MOMENT: Australia's Madeleine Fasnacht of Australia on her way to gold in the Girls Individual Time Trial Final on day 2 of the 2017 Youth Commonwealth Games on July 19, 2017 in Nassau, Bahamas.
GOLDEN MOMENT: Australia's Madeleine Fasnacht of Australia on her way to gold in the Girls Individual Time Trial Final on day 2 of the 2017 Youth Commonwealth Games on July 19, 2017 in Nassau, Bahamas. Mark Kolbe

Golden moment for young Aussie cyclist

HOBART'S Madeleine Fasnacht doesn't expect Richie Porte even knows her name but she's hoping her Commonwealth Youth Games gold medal is inching her closer to a training ride together once the Tour de France cyclist recovers.

Just as Porte has put Tasmania on the world cycling map, the exuberant Year 12 schoolgirl did her bit in the steamy 31 degree heat of the Bahamas with a time-trial triumph.

For the sport's insiders, it was just another sign that, at 17, she is one of Australia's brightest prospects as a road rider.

It was a great result for the Tasmanian contingent among the 75-strong Aussie team for the Games.

"I'm really, really happy with the way the race panned out and a bit surprised considering I was training early on the weekend before I came away with the temperature at one degree," Fasnacht said.

"I fell, crashed, on some black ice around Hobart so I'm really happy I handled the big change in conditions because I finished severely dehydrated last time I raced in this sort of heat (in Qatar at last year's Under-19 road world championships)."

The Oceania junior road racing champion flipped from triathlon to cycling as Porte did and finds inspiration in the way he has risen from Australia's smallest state. 

"Having him in the Tour de France, I know the whole of Tassie was excited to see how he went," Fasnacht said.

"It's unfortunate the way his race ended (with a fall) but just knowing he's from Launcestion, from Tasmania, from triathlon, is pretty inspiring for me.

"I wouldn't expect he'd even know who I am but it would be pretty cool to go for a ride with him one time."

The Guilford Young College student will back up in Sunday's road race on the flat, coast course in the Bahamas where the sea wind and the short haul of around 65km are a major change-up to the hills of Hobart.

"You can't find a flat ride in Hobart but different challenges are what competing overseas is all about," Fasnacht said.

The 57kg rocket on two wheels will step up again in September because her selection for the road world championships in Norway looks assured.

Brisbane's Sebastian Berwick, 17, won bronze in the men's time trial, a dash over just 9.4km.

"I like a lot more hills but you've got to adapt," Berwick said.

News Corp Australia


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