Benjamin Dyball was one of hosts Australia's five gold medallists on the opening day of the 2019 Oceania Road Championships in Tasmania, winning the elite men's time trial event ©Caitlin Johnston

Hosts Australia won five of the six gold medals on offer in the time trials on the opening day of the 2019 Oceania Road Championships in Tasmania.

Home favourites Benjamin Dyball and Kate Perry claimed maiden continental titles with victories in the respective elite men’s and women’s events, having previously won five Oceania medals in the discipline between them.

Dyball triumphed in a time of 49min 14.68sec with New Zealand’s Jason Christie second in 49:38.84 and Australia’s Michael Freiberg third in 50:50.61.

"I have been twice second and once third, so it is good to finally be on the top step," Dyball said.

"The wind was a bit different to yesterday with a headwind on the way back but today there was a little wind on the way back, but it seemed quicker.

"It will be a bit harder in the road race as there is so many teams with a lot of riders, so I will try and mark as many moves as I can, but I am here to try and win."

Perry clocked an unrivalled time of 37:25.73 in the women’s event, leading an Australian podium sweep.

Nicole Frain finished second in 38:35.43 and Jenny Pettenon third in 39:41.36.

"It is a pretty nice win," Perry said.

"It is probably my biggest win so far.

"I was pretty confident coming in to today that if I did everything right then hopefully I would be able to take it on the day and I was very fortunate the legs were good.

"I have basically gone from bronze to silver to gold and I have put in a lot of work for this one and the preparation is definitely key.

"I was very fortunate I knew exactly what I was in for, so it is a very nice feeling to be on the top step."

Australia's Kate Perry came out on top in the elite women's event ©Caitlin Johnston
Australia's Kate Perry came out on top in the elite women's event ©Caitlin Johnston

Under-23 titles went to Australians Liam Magennis and Sarah Gigante, while New Zealand’s Finn-Fisher-Black and home athlete Francesca Sewell secured the under-19 crowns.

Magennis posted a winning time of 50:15.90 and Gigante crossed the line in 38:34.91.

Fisher-Black led a New Zealand one-two-three finish with the under-19 individual pursuit world record holder storming home in 34:01.41 to continue his strong start to 2019.

National champion Sewell continued a dream start to her first year in the under-19 category with a convincing win in 22:53.84, lifting her first Oceania title.

The Championships are due to continue tomorrow with the under-19 men's road race and elite and under-23 women's road races.

Action also begun today at the African Continental Cycling Championships in Bahir Dar.

Hosts Ethiopia lead the medal table after day one having won three gold and one bronze in the team time trials.

Ethiopia beat Eritrea to first place in the elite women's, junior women's and junior men's events.

In the elite men's competition, Eritrea prevailed with Rwanda second and Ethiopia third.

The African Continental Cycling Championships are scheduled to continue tomorrow with the elite mixed relay event.

They are due to conclude on Tuesday (March 19).