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Australian MTB Series - NE
Thredbo, NSW, Australia, December 15-16, 2007
Race 1 - December 15: Four cross
Buchanan wins two awards and one race in one night
By Sharon Payne
Canberra's Caroline Buchanan capped off a successful evening during which she won cycling awards in both mountain biking and BMX. The 17 year-old National Four Cross Champion was unable to attend the Cycling Australia Awards held in Adelaide previous night as she preferred to race the National Series Four Cross event in Thredbo.
Buchanan won the elite women's race beating World Championship silver downhill medallist Tracey Hannah from Cairns after a close contest in the preliminary heats. Buchanan now leads the national series with third place Sarsha Huntington (Brisbane) retaining her second place overall.
Buchanan and Hannah were close in the heats but according to bystanders Buchanan raised the bar in the final. "I think I just got adrenaline in the final," explained Buchanan. "I tried a different line in the first corner and it worked. I had a good start as well."
"I knew if I got around the first corner I could hold it from there,"she said.. With only two rounds remaining in the national series Buchanan is favourite to take out the series title for a second year in a row.
Leigh Darrell, made it a Canberra double when he won the elite men's class securing a firm hold on the series lead. Darrell did not let his guard down and won every race throughout the night. He rode the first off camber sweeper to perfection and got the edge over his opponents.
Second was Thomas Hubert (Merewether) and third went to Queenslander Adam Nicholson. Tim Dunn (Warrimoo) had the best gate starts all night and placed fourth in the final.
Shaun O'Connor was the top U19 man while U17 rider Ben Clark won against a top field. Adelaide's Connor Fearon won the Under 15 class.
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Elite Men 1 Leigh Darrell 2 Thomas Hubert (Elite cycle imports, freak industries, FUNN) 3 Adam Nicholson 4 Tim Dunn (Lifecycles - Penrith) 5 Jarah Breese (39) (SWIFT STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING, SCOTT GOGGLES, STREAMLINE CYCLES) 6 Thomas Twentyman 7 James Maltman 8 Alex Lloyd 9 Ricky Boyer 10 Terry Scarr 11 Randal Huntington (For The Riders.com , Norco , Sram , Trivativ) 12 James Collins (Trek Australia, Bontrager) 13 Shane Wode 13 Cody Eichhorn (Spy Optic, EVS, Spearman Cycles) 15 Nathan Rennie 16 Joshua Button (Mongoose-fox,lotek,maxxis,crankbrothers,sram,rockshox,adidas) Michael Young (UMF Bikes, Answer, Utopia Optics) Ashley Gray Adam Smithson Cameron Allonby (ForTheRiders.com) Dennis Beare (Unit, Specialized) Daniel Castillo Chris Herron Mitchell Scarr Gavin Turner DNS Ricky Lee (Raw NRG) DNS Luke Madill DNS Amiel Cavalier DNS Barton Moore Open Women 1 Caroline Buchanan (KHS Bicycles, Unit Clothing , Crank Bros, Bike Shed CBR, RawNRG) 2 Tracey Hannah (Raw NRG) 3 Sarsha Huntington (For The Riders.com , Norco) 4 Emma Tatum (U19) Danielle Beecroft (U19) U19 Men 1 Shaun O’connor (614) 2 Matt Walker (Sombrio/Drift bike style newcastle) 3 Ryan Hunt (Utopia optics, Camden cycles) 4 Rhys Willemse (Intense Tyre System, Santa Cruz Bikes, Cropthorn Clothing, FTR, Funn, The Products) 5 Jock Farrington 6 Oscar Lapstun 7 Mitch Forbes 8 Hugh Balcom James Horton Ben Wilson DNS Raffi Moss (Raw NRG, Castech Sports Timing) DNS John Stewart Veteran Men 1 Stephen Robinson 2 Kym Boxall (C.R.I.M.E) 3 Mic Longhurst (Percentage Bikes) 4 Albert Bacci Ed Breen (Mad Dog) Steven Humphreys U17 Men 1 Benjamin Clarke (Blackmans Cycles GT Cycles) 2 Graeme Mudd 3 Blake Nielsen ( COVE BIKES SOUTHSHORE DIST LIFECYCLES) 4 Ryan Henderson (MCS BYCICLES) 5 Samuel Jones ("Spearman Cycles "Spearman Cycles Mum and Dad") 6 Mum and Dad" 7 James Shepherd (CRIME Cycles) 8 Liam Melville (Turramurra Cyclery) 9 Benjamin Leslie (Sombrio) 10 James Green 11 Brendon Jones 12 Matthew Mullins ("Endeavor Cycles) 13 M&D Max Lobigs Beaver Tim (Raw NRG) Nicholas Luxford Michael Dargan (Raw NRG) DNS Keiran Sullivan DNS Brock Harrison DNS David Manton (Mum and Dad) U15 Men 1 Connor Fearon 2 Bowen Muncaster 3 Max Hughes 4 Jordan Butler 5 Angus Easthope 6 David Strain 7 David McMillan 7 Aidan Vahtrik Joey Vajvoda Keiran Dixon David Maggs Cameron Patterson Joel Willis Sport Men 1 Shaun Hughes 2 Rick Franzolini 3 Thomas Markus 4 Chris Quain Russell Luczka Sam Whittemore Nathan Valbonesi DNS Jiel Case DNS Shaun Fry DNS Jarrah Davies DNS Michael Houghton DNS Joshua Dallas DNS Julian Lang DNS Nick Maher DNS Gavin Maiden DNS Robert Hochings