Connor Fearon (SA) and Rowena Fry (TAS) have claimed the elite titles at the 2018 MTBA Gravity Enduro National Championships at Fox Creek, Adelaide this weekend.
After finishing second in 2017, the local Adelaide rider went one better and cleaned up every stage Saturday and Sunday to finish more than 1:03:30 ahead of Andrew Cavaye (QLD) and Benjamin McIlroy (VIC).
While the defending elite women champion had to fight of a second day challenge from Shelly Flood (SA) and Emily Parkes (ACT) who took silver and bronze respectivley.
Fearon was all class through his home trails, taking eight stage victories.
“I know this place like the back of my hand so it’s a bit of an unfair advantage and pays to be a local sometimes. Had a good two days and happy to take the win.”
Cavaye, who claimed the Toowoomba round of the National Enduro Series, mainted his consistent form across the opening stages but a 16th and 8th put his podium position in peril.
“Had a decent crash and lost a fair amount of time and have to run after my bottle and broke my shoe so for the rest of the day I was limping through stages.”
While McIlroy, who didn’t have the best day on Saturday, redeemed himself on the final stages to claw his way to a bronze medal.
“Tried to ride solid and consistent throughout the weekend, have fun on the bike as Fox Creek is always such a great place to come.”
The first four stages all went the way of Fry on the first day, and while she also took out Stage 5 she admitted Sunday’s riding wasn’t up to scratch.
“Today I wasn’t on song but I was lucky enough to have a buffer from yesterday and trails were running really well”
Flood relished Sunday’s racing especially on the favourite downhill track Lone Gum where she took the stage 7 win.
“Today probably suited me a little bit better with the stages that I won there was little pedalling.”
At her first championship, the former cross-country rider was over the moon with a podium at her first enduro national championships.
“Stage 7 was wicked. One of those runs where you leave it all out there got a bit loose but made my way through it and very happy with that stage.”
In the Juniors Sam Walsh (SA) claimed six of the eight stages winning all four on the Saturday, with Roly Kyme (WA) and Riley King (NSW) filling out the minor placings.
The local’s time of 21:51:05 would have been good enough to take bronze in the elite men behind Fearon.
It was a closer contest in the women’s with Ellie Smith (NSW) snatching the gold medal by 12 seconds from Isabella Flint (TAS) despite the Tasmanian winning five of the eight stages.
Emily Hill (QLD) finished with the bronze.
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