Emotion Runs Over At CX Champs

Posted by mtba, August 14, 2018

Emotions ran high after April McDonough (VIC) claimed her first elite National Cyclo-Cr0ss title at King Valley in Victoria on Sunday.

She wasn’t the only member team Flanders to grace the top step in the elite podium with coach and defending champion Chris Jongewaard (SA) also snagging the green and gold jersey for another 12 months.

McDonough broke down in tears as she crossed the line ahead of Naomi Williams (VIC) and Stacey Reidel (SA).

“Feels like a long time coming so much sacrafice and not just from me but my partner also.”

“I’ve got so many people behind me and everyone out there today on every corner they were so supportive and got that extra five percent out of me today,” she said.

McDonough, the national series leader broke away from the pack from the first lap, as one of the early favourites Natalie Redmond (SA) suffered a mechanical which saw her drop to the back of the field.

A disappointed Redmond fought her way back to finish in sixth place.

In the seven lap elite men’s race Jongewaard, Chris Aitken (NSW) and Garry Millburn (NSW) all played their game of cat and mouse with each taking a turn on the front.

But it would be the reigning champion who would win his third straight Australian title, as he made his move on the third lap to add to the Flanders team podium success over the weekend.

“It’s been a mixed up season several winners so it wasn’t like other years where I was confident to have it.”

“Any one of us could of had that today and I just happened to make the move on the single track.”

“It’s only a matter of time until one of the young guns knock me off my perch,” the South Australian commented moments after crossing the line.

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