The Australian cross-country relay team fought their way back to finish inside the top ten on the opening day of the 2019 UCI MTB World Championships at Mont Sainte Anne, Canada on Wednesday.
The team, made up of Daniel and Rebecca Mconnell, Cameron Wright, Corey Smith and Zoe Cuthbert would finish ninth behind eventual winners Switzerland with the United States of America in second and France taking the bronze.
It was the current junior national champion Smith, who led them out in a baptisim of relay fire as the Aussies dropped to the bottom of the pack more than two minutes behind leaders Denmark after lap one.
2017 world junior champion Wright was the next in the saddle and pulled the Australian team up three places before handing over to Rebecca McConnell, who has been in the form of her life.
With three laps to go, the current fifth ranked elite women’s rider, also moved the green and gold kit one place up the ladder as Netherlands took the lead wth two laps till the finish.
Cuthbert, who famously lead Nino Schurter (SWI) in the final lap at Lenzerheide Switzerland last year, also put in a strong one lap dash to hand over to McConnell in 13th position.
And by the first check-point, the mutliple national elite men’s champ had moved Australia into 12th, before showing the legs were in even better working order on the final half of the lap to blast past Poland, Germany and the Netherlands and break the Aussies into the top 10.
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