CYCLIST Shara Gillow's quest for a time-trial medal at the world championships has been cruelled by treacherous conditions in Copenhagen.
The Belli Park product finished 12th, just over a minute behind German veteran Judith Arndt.
Unfortunately, by the time Australian and Oceania champion Gillow rolled down the start ramp, the weather had turned nasty and she rode the 27.8km in wet, cold conditions.
The 23-year-old started racing three years ago and finished eighth on debut at last year's world titles in Geelong, but on Tuesday night (AEST) she was forced to be tentative on the dicey surface.
"The girls that went off first had a bit of a drier run, and in the wet conditions I just tried to take the corners as fast as I could," Gillow said.
"I was hoping to do the best I possibly could today and I did that."
She completed the course in a time of 38:07.93, only a minute off Arndt's pace (37:07.38).
Arndt proved too strong in the conditions as she finally added a gold medal to her collection of three silver and one bronze from the event in previous world championships.
New Zealand claimed the silver medal through Danish-born Linda Villumsen, and the bronze medal went to 2010 world champion Emma Pooley, of Great Britain.
Queenslander David Edwards earlier claimed Australia's fourth medal of the championships by picking up bronze in the junior men's time trial. Denmark's Mads Wurtz Schmidt won.
Edwards, 18, from Atherton, was only four seconds off the pace halfway through the 27.8km race, before dropping away.
Australians Richie Porte and Jack Bobridge were set to ride in the men's time trial last night.
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