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by Shane Stokes
February 2, 2018
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What a difference a month can make. At the start of January most of the European-based professionals riding the Australian Road National Championships didn’t even know Brodie Chapman’s name. In fact there were a lot among the domestic crowd who were struggling too, even the knowledgable and close to the race scene commentator.
There was good reason for that. Brodie had only once ventured into a UCI ranked road race. She hadn’t been a regular Australian National Road Series podium placer, like the other local riders who were making their mark on the racing. In fact she hadn’t even been a regular rider in it – injury had seen to that.
But now she was back and determined to give road cycling a “good crack” after a tough year where two crashes had kept her off the bike for months.
The 26-year-old vegan started the year with no rides lined up for the Australian summer of racing beyond the Road Nats, no coach and no team locked in for the domestic season. She finished it standing on the top step of the podium at a UCI ranked race, the Women’s Herald Sun Tour. Her company on the steps of the general classification podium was world time trial champion Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) and Australia’s top-ranked rider Chloe Hosking (Ale-Cipollini).
A raw talent was given an opportunity, and the result was a potentially life changing win.
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