I’m a little sad it’s over, but Canberra turned on some spectacular spring weather and the competition has been awesome. It’s been great showing off our city and trails to the many interstate & overseas visitors – most of whom liked what they saw.
This morning saw the final practice for the downhill competitors. Shortly after the short track cross country womens and mens races (which are not an official World Champs event – no medal & jersey awarded), were run. Canberra lad, Ben Henderson put in a very good effort in the mens, but he finished behind the money positions.
In the event village, in the mens 26″ trials, following a very close competition and a count back of points, Frenchman Gilles Coustellier took the gold medal and rainbow jersey.
Up the mountain the gravity addicts were hard at work for the downhill finals. In the junior mens and womens finals, New Zealander Brook MacDonald and Frenchwoman Anais Pajot scored the titles. In the elite womens class, another Frenchwoman was in the lead, with Emmeline Ragout stomping the field with a 2.49 second lead. In the elite mens class, it was very tight with the top 4 riders within 1 second of each other. Unfortunately the best placed Aussie was Mick Hannah in 3rd, with a 0.69 second gap to the winner Steve Peat from the UK. Althought it would have been great to see an Aussie win, it was nice to see Steve finally get a World Champs win (after winning the most World Cup rounds of any rider in history, and placing second in numerous World Champs).
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As I left the event village this evening the exhibitors were packing up, there were quite a few sunburnt people, the music was about to start, and people were heading to the bar. It has been a great week for mountain biking, especially Australian & Canberran mountain biking. Well done Canberra!
Here’s a clip of one of the elite women hammering through Triple Treat on the downhill today:
If the last week of bikes on dirt has whet your appetite, then check the CORC Site for upcoming events such as:
The Scott Australian 24 Hour MTB Championships at Stromlo
CORC Downhill race round 6 at Majura Pines on 25 October