He completed the 27.1km course in 38:28 and was followed home by Egon Campbell and Andrew Stockwell – who claimed bronze for the second year in a row.
“I actually enjoy road cycling the most, that’s why I’m so happy to have won a national title on the road at last. Now I can claim that I’m a roadie as well,” said Van der Bank.
Racing in the elite men’s team for the road race, Van der Bank feels that Sunday’s race is going to be a difficult one.
“It’s going to be against a lot of the bigger cycling teams. But I think if you play it smart though, the chances of winning are always there,” he said.
Neil Timm rode his first race in the men’s 35-39 age group this year, and snapped up the gold medal.
He completed the same route as the 30-34 men in 38:20.
“It’s a challenging route because it’s undulating – you’ve got to watch your power and monitor your effort,” said Timm.
The men’s 40-44 category was dominated by Kenton Kirkwood, who posted a time of 38:08.
Lucas Marthinus Pheiffer was the champion in the men’s 45-49 time trial, posting a winning time of 39:26.
The men’s 50-54 age category was the last of the morning session, and Jackie van Eeden dominated his category in 40:00.