No alterations, no Renshaw

MARK Renshaw has found the sort of success as a professional road cyclist that many can only dream of, but the Bathurst talent does not expect to challenge for a national champion jersey any time soon.

NO THANKS: Bathurst cyclist Mark Renshaw was happy to skip this year's road nationals. He'd prefer a new course. PHOTO: Stiehl Photography

NO THANKS: Bathurst cyclist Mark Renshaw was happy to skip this year's road nationals. He'd prefer a new course. PHOTO: Stiehl Photography

When the Cycling Australia elite men’s road race was staged at the Road Nationals in Ballarat on Sunday, Renshaw was not amongst the field.

While it was not the first time Renshaw has skipped the event since joining the ranks of road professionals in 2004, his enthusiasm to battle for the Australian road race title has waned.

He has consistently called for a change in course and though some alterations have been made, in essence the Mount Buninyong circuit has remained the same.

“I keep banging on about them changing the course and they won’t do it, so I try not to go down there,” Renshaw said.

“It can always happen for sprinter, we saw Caleb Ewan got fourth [on Sunday] so he was close. My grudge is that they just don’t change the course, it’s just the same, predictable kind of race and you need a bit of luck to do anything.

“My whole point is that we need a different course each year just so it’s unpredictable, there’s different tactics that would become involved.

“My other point is they don’t share it around. In their opinion they like to have it there because they can build a bit of a brand and they can build the support, but I think for the rest of Australia they need to move it around, share it around and then change the course. I think that could help improve everything.”