Corcoran ready for his Road Nationals debut in Ballarat

LAST year Josh Corcoran went down to watch the Road National Championships in Ballarat but this time he will be part of the action.

Corcoran will have a tough introduction to the Australian titles as he makes his debut while stepping up into the under 23s age group.

RARING TO GO: Josh Corcoran will make his debut at the Road Nationals on Wednesday when he contests the under 23 men's criterium. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

RARING TO GO: Josh Corcoran will make his debut at the Road Nationals on Wednesday when he contests the under 23 men's criterium. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

The Bathurst rider is just excited to be racing in both the criterium and road race events over the next five days.

“The first thing is just doing the team job. While finishing the road race would be an awesome thing to do it’s not something that always happens on the first attempt,” he said.

“A few months ago the team manager told me I was going to be going to nationals, and that was really exciting.

“I’ve been training pretty hard over the last three months, pretty much non-stop. The legs have gone off a bit over the last week but I should be good for this.

“I’m the only one on the team going from under 19s to the 23s but there’s some others I race against who will be doing the same thing.”

Corcoran is one of six current or former Bathurst Cycling Club riders who are competing against Australia’s best this week.

His GPM Stulz teammates Craig Hutton and Will Hodges will be in attendance along with Emily Watts and Harry Bryant. All will start their campaigns in the Wednesday criterium races.

Bathurst’s Emilie Miller will be taking part in the para women’s time trial on Thursday with her road race to take place on Friday.

Watts will be the first of the Bathurst group to compete, racing from Wednesday 1.30pm.