Aussies Ready to Defend Titles In Dunedin

Posted by jo-2, January 23, 2020

Australia’s leading cross-country mountain bikers will take on New Zealands best riders at the 2020 Oceania Cycling Confederation MTB Championships in Dunedin tomorrow.

Rebecca McConnell (Elite Women) and Matthew Dinham (Under 23) will defend their titles  won in Bright, Victoria last year.

While Zoe Cuthbert will move up in to the Under 23 ranks, after reigning in the Junior categories.

McConnell is odds on to retain the crown in a small field which includes fellow Australian’s former Oceania Under 23 champion Megan Williams and 2019 National Championship silver medallist Holly Harris. 

Nelson’s Josie Willcox leads the New Zealand riders.

In the elite men Anton Cooper, will have to stave off the attacks from the green and gold riders Dan McConnell, Cameron Ivory and Sebastian Jayne to retain his jersey on home soil.

Cooper won the title when Signall Hill last hosted the Oceania titles two years ago.

The Oceania downhill competition should be a closely fought affair with world No 10 Sian A’Hern leading the Australian women’s charge while Shania Rawson returns to top competition along with Virginia Armstrong for New Zealand with world No 7 Kate Weatherly still recovering from her serious neck injury at the World Championships.

The men’s elite downhill competition has attracted 28 starters with Australian Dean Lucas the top ranked at world No 9 with world 23 George Brannigan the top ranked New Zealander.

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