The Australian women dominated the Oceania cross-country titles in Dunedin, New Zealand over the weekend.
Rebecca McConnell (Elite), Zoe Cuthbert (Under 23) and Isabella Flint (Junior) made it a trifecta of wins for the green and gold at Signall Hill Bike Park on Friday.
McConnell, defending her title, would need to muster all her experience after a flat tyre on the very first lap put her last in the field.
But the World Champion bronze medallist pulled back the nearly two minute gap on the fifth and final lap to take a stomping win on the brutal course.
It’s the fourth time in her career she has claimed the elite cross-country title.
Silver went to Josie Wilcox (New Zealand) with Holly Harris (Australia) completing the podium.
New Zealand’s Anton Cooper continued his dominant ways, claiming a fifth consecutive Oceania title in the elite men’s cross-country.
Leading from the start Cooper never looked back as he raced to collect another Oceania Champions jersey beating Australia duo Cameron Ivory, who earned another podium appearance and former winner Daniel McConnell in the process.
In the under 23 races Zoe Cuthbert (Australia), who claimed the under 19 title a year ago made a strong step up from the junior ranks to add the Oceania title to her name. Silver went to Sammie Maxwell and dual under 19 champion Jessica Manchester (New Zealand) completed the podium. Cameron Jones lead a 1-2 for New Zealand in the men’s, ahead of Josh Burnett, with Australia’s defending champion Matthew Dinham settling for bronze.
Australia and New Zealand shared the under 19 titles with Ethan Rose (New Zealand) emerging on top in the men’s ahead of Domenic Paolilli (Australia) and Jacob Turner (New Zealand). Isabella Flint (Australia) was too strong in the women’s beating countrywoman Phoebe Thompson with Zoe Nathan (New Zealand) rounding out the podium.
Not even a crash in the seeding run could stop Sian A’Hern (Australia) from going back to back as she mastered the course in 3mins 22.830secs, three seconds clear of silver medallist Shania Rawson (New Zealand) with Ashley Bond (New Zealand) completing the podium places.
Luke Meier-Smith (Australia) took out the under 19 men’s title with the sixth fastest run of the day across all categories with Blake Ross (New Zealand) and Oliver Elkington (New Zealand) also on the podium
2020 Oceania Mountain Bike Championship Medallists – Full Results
Elite Men Cross-country
Gold: Anton Cooper (New Zealand)
Silver: Cameron Ivory (Australia)
Bronze: Daniel McConnell (Australia)
Elite Women Cross-country
Gold: Rebecca McConnell (Australia)
Silver: Josie Wilcox (New Zealand)
Bronze: Holly Harris (Australia)
Under 23 Men Cross-country
Gold: Cameron Jones (New Zealand)
Silver: Josh Burnett (New Zealand)
Bronze: Matthew Dinham (Australia)
Under 23 Women Cross-country
Gold: Zoe Cuthbert (Australia)
Silver: Sammie Maxwell (New Zealand)
Bronze: Jessica Manchester (New Zealand)
Under 19 Men Cross-country
Gold: Ethan Rose (New Zealand)
Silver: Domenic Paolilli (Australia)
Bronze: Jacob Turner (New Zealand)
Under 19 Women Cross-country
Gold: Isabella Flint (Australia)
Silver: Phoebe Thompson (Australia)
Bronze: Zoe Nathan (New Zealand)
Elite Men Downhill
Gold: Sam Blenkinsop (New Zealand)
Silver: Sam Gale (New Zealand)
Bronze: Dean Lucas (Australia)
Elite Women Downhill
Gold: Sian A’Hern (Australia)
Silver: Shania Rawson (New Zealand)
Bronze: Ashley Bond (New Zealand)
Under 19 Men Downhill
Gold: Luke Meier-Smith (Australia)
Silver: Blake Ross (New Zealand)
Bronze: Oliver Elkington (New Zealand)
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