Amelia Watkinson eighth at Australian Time Trial Championships, Ellie Salthouse 11th

Ellie Salthouse and Amelia Watkinson (Picture: Instagram Salthouse / stef hanson)

Over a 28.6-kilometer time trial in Mount Helen, Australia, triathlete Amelia Watkinson just finished eighth at the National Championships Time Trial Australia. Also triathlete Ellie Salthouse finished 11th.

The race was won by Grace Brown, who took 40.58 minutes for the time trial, averaging 41.888 kilometers per hour. Watkinson came in eighth 4:07 minutes later, good for an average of more than 38 kilometers per hour. Salthouse thus finished 11th, 5:30 minutes from the winner. She rode an average speed of 36.930 kilometers per hour.

“Threw myself into the deep in at National ITT Champs and left it all out on course. What a day! Bike racing is hard… so much respect for these classy athletes! Huge thank you to super coach Pete Richards for encouraging me to try something new and helping me see numbers I’ve never seen before! Excited for what’s to come this season. Thank you also to Zacy Collins for following in the car behind and for being in my ear the whole way on the radio, offering advice and encouragement and being a general Chatty Cathy. A very new experience for me. I think I’ll stick to triathlon though, so head down now in the lead-up to 70.3 Tasmania in 4 weeks.”