Rebecca McConnell has ridden her way into the top 10 at the first round of the UCI Mercedes Benz Mountain Bike World Cup in Nové Mesto na Moravé, Czech Republic overnight.
The Australian started with the number 28 plate after a mechanical saw her DNF in Wednesdays XCC, forcing her back to the fourth row.
McConnell would also get caught behind a crash early on and spent plenty of energy making her way through the field during the five laps.
The 2019 World Championship bronze medallist would finish in ninth place behind surprise winner Frenchwoman Loana Lacomte, competing in her first ever elite race.
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9th place today. What to say… I felt good and was enjoying the slippery conditions but as I knew was possible, the start was crazy and I got caught behind a crash. I spent a lot of energy trying to move up early before the gaps completely blew out. Top 10 on any day is a good day and it’s a relief to know that my preparation for the season has gone well. 2 more XC races to try again. And Short track again tomorrow to fight for a better start position 😁 📷 @stephandasilvaphotographe
One hundred and 19 riders from 72 nations lined up for the men’s race shortly after.
Dan McConnell had the 19 plate but he couldn’t keep the pace with the leading group and would end up crossing the line in 32nd after seven brutal laps.
Like the women a surprise winner with Denmark’s Simon Andreassen claiming his first ever world cup win.
Riders now prepare for the next XCC in the early hours of Saturday morning (AEST) before backing up again for the second XC race.
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