Kye A’Hern has claimed Australia’s first Junior Men’s Downhill Gold Medal in nine years at the 2019 UCI MTB World Championships came to a close in Mont Sainte-Anne Canada on Sunday.
The Australian champion smashed through the unrelenting MSA course to take the rainbow jersey by more than a second to France’s Antoine Vidal.
A’Hern admitted he’d made some mistakes at the top of his run but an adjustment during morning practice would make all of the difference.
“One was a gap in the bottom woods drop and then you gap a big hole that a lot of people would have to roll through. It’s kind of known as the Greg Minnar gap.”
“I knew I just had to do that despite how tired you are at the end of the run and it paid off to give me the extra second or so I needed.”
It was enough for the Canyon Factory rider to claim his second World Championships medal after taking silver in Lenzeheide last year ahead of Frenchman Antoine Vidal and New Zealand’s Tuhoto-Ariki Pene.
“I feel like I am bak to where I should be riding”
The two time Australian junior champion said he owed a lot to his team-mate Troy Brosnan (SA) who completed the same feat here nine years ago when he claimed the junior rainbow jersey.
For Brosnan it was bitter-sweet, as he rode within +0.581 seconds of claiming the second gold medal for the Aussies on the day.
“I gave it absolutley everything. I was really on the edge as I’d been training a lot for this race.”
“I’m a little upset as it’s world champs but I’m really happy with how I rode but it just wasn’t quite enough.”
The South Australian back on the podium for the first time in five years after he claimed bronze Hafjell in Norway.
Tracey Hannah, who is leading the World Cup overall race came in as one of the heavy favourites but again would fall short in fourth place behind Myriam Nicole (FRA) and Tahnee Seagrave (ENG).
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