3 years ago by Tom Soladay

McNulty claims bronze at U23 World Championships

American earns time trial medal at Worlds after rain-soaked effort

In the final individual time trial of his under-23 career, Rally UHC Cycling’s Brandon McNulty claimed bronze at the U23 World Road Championships in the Individual Time Trial. The performance marked McNulty’s fourth world championship medal which includes a junior world title from 2016.

PC Zac Williams at SWpix.com.

It was great to finally put together a time trial that I’m proud of,” said McNulty. “I’ve had a difficult time the last couple of seasons with putting together good time trial performances, but I was finally able to match my form with full confidence in my position and equipment.”

The 30 km time trial course in Yorkshire, England was hit with such a massive amount of rain that parts were nearly impassable.

“Conditions were pretty horrid out there, especially with the massive pools of standing water,” said McNulty. “I don’t usually mind bad weather so I’m glad I avoided any mishaps.”

McNulty will leave Rally UHC Cycling at the end of the season for WorldTour team UAE. The gold medalist from Yorkshire and now three-time U23 World Champion, Mikkel Bjerg will join him from Hagens Berman Axeon.

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“I’m super excited to be on the same team as Mikkel next year,” said McNulty. “He’s obviously incredibly strong but I know he’s a good person off the bike.”

On Friday, September 27th, McNulty will line up alongside Canadian teammate Pier-André Coté for the 187 km U23 road race.

“I think it’s a pretty open race due to the hilly terrain so it’ll be a race of attrition I expect,” said McNulty. “The bad weather will also play a role but I think I can have a good go at it.”

McNulty’s teammate Megan Jastrab finished ninth in the junior women’s time trial and is a favorite in the junior women’s road race which starts ahead of the U23 men.

Both races will be streamed live on NBC Sports GOLD. Junior women start at 2:30 am CDT and U23 men at 8 am CDT.

U23 World Championships – Individual Time Trial results

1 BJERG Mikkel Denmark 45.074 40:20
2 GARRISON Ian United States 44.577 0:27
3 MCNULTY Brandon United States 44.559 0:28
4 NORS JØRG M. Denmark 44.378 0:38
5 VAN MOER Brent Belgium 44.269 0:44
6 HULGAARD Morten Denmark 44.055 0:56
7 EEKHOFF Nils Netherlands 43.966 1:01
8 MUNTON Byron South Africa 43.510 1:27
9 WILDAUER Markus Austria 43.303 1:39
10 HOOLE Daan Netherlands 43.166 1:47