Rebecca McConnell has won Australia’s first ever UCI MTB World Championship elite women’s cross-country medal in Mont Sainte-Anne, Canada on Saturday.
The multiple national champion produced a storming display to claim the bronze medal, one minute behind Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (FRA) and Jolanda Neff (SWI).
McConnell, lead for three of the six laps before the 2015 World Champion in Ferrand-Prévot made her move with two to go and stormed way to claim her second rainbow jersey.
“When she (Pauline), went past there was absolutley nothing I could do and the last two laps I was surviving.”
The 27 year old Australian was unable to stave off the final lap attack from Neff, having left everything out on course after six gruelling laps.
The podium appearence has become quite common in 2019.
“At Nationals I thought things are going well and on the right track then a podium at the second World Cup and be consistent and it’s been a dream season.”
McConnell went out hard and took the fight up to the early front runners of Neff and last year’s world champion Kate Courtney.
But by lap three the American had dropped to sixth and the Aussie was in charge.
“It was a super brutal race and I gave it everything.”
It has been a momumental return to form for the Primaflora Mondraker rider, after sitting out the majority of the 2018 season.
“It was a pretty tough time getting sick and not knowing what’s wrong.”
“I had three months off and built off really really slowly.”
She paid tribute to the man that helped her get there, husband and coach Dan.
“He has done so much for me and I wouldn’t be here without him that goes without saying.”
Next weekend McConell will line up in the final World Cup race of the season at Snowshoe in the United States.
Holly Harris (NSW) also lined up in the elite women’s field and would finish in 54th.
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