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Australian MTB Series #3 - NE

You Yang MTB Park, Geelong, Victoria, Australia, December 13-14, 2008

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Race 3 - December 14: Downhill

Cavalier claims win after mountain bike drought

Amiel Caviler showed
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Wollongong's Amiel Cavalier won the third round of the National Mountain Bike Downhill Series in Geelong on Sunday. The 21-year-old former World Junior Champion rode an impressive two minutes and 26.63 seconds after only qualifying in tenth position. It was Cavalier's first win in the national series after a drought of two years but he was positive about his upcoming season.

"It was a good run I just gave it everything I had," Cavalier said at the finish.

The usually dry You Yang's Regional Park just north of Geelong received torrential rain leading into Sunday's downhill event making practice runs tough. No rainfall during qualifying and final runs resulted in the track getting quicker as it dried. Downhillers were impressed with the course even though according to some it lacked starting height.

"This track is also really physical and there is so much pedalling," said Cavalier. "I got a bit of a heads up from a local that the course was gong to be a bit different."

To prepare Cavalier changed his traditional heavier downhill bike to a lighter frame. "I think I chose the right bike," he said. "I did more road kilometres so I can pedal a harder gear."

Cavalier had planned his final run to perfection beating nearest rival Brad Kelly from Newcastle by well over two seconds. "I kept it smooth ad tried to backside everything. I tried not to blow up before the finish," Cavalier said.

Third was Adelaide's Will Rischbieth. The 19-year-old Joshua Button from Coffs Harbour finished in fifth position.

Claire Whiteman
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The women's race saw Australia's Claire Whiteman beat New Zealand's national champion Sheryl MacLeod. Whiteman bettered her qualifying time to win the final run of two minutes and 52.39 seconds. Whiteman was five seconds ahead of MacLeod and regains the series lead.

Strong competition meant Whiteman had to devise a strategy.

"My plan was to pedal, pedal, pedal," she said. "I knew I sat down in qualifying so I knew I just needed to pedal even if I was falling over at the bottom."

Previous leader Leigh Douglas from Tasmania finished in third posting a 3:01.44.

The next national event will be the National Championships to be held in late January in Canberra. The fourth round of the National Series will be held in Mt Buller late January with the final round being hosted in Hobart at the end of February. The Oceania Championships will be in Thredbo on March 20


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Elite Men
1 Amiel Cavalier (Giant Australia Spearman Cycles Wollongong)    
2 Brad Kelly (Specialized)                    
3 Will Rischbieth (Giant Bicycles)              
4 Rick Boyer (Orange, Pinstripe, OGIO, Smith, RockShox )         
5 Joshua Button (Mongoose bikes-SRAM/Rockshox, Dee )             
6 David West (Giant, Inform Health, Mitcham Cycles)              
7 Ben Bell                                                       
8 Craig Yates (Giant Australia)                                  
9 Alex Swann (Kona, Shimano, Mavic, E 13, Sombrio, Ped)          
10 Brad Oren                                                     
11 Lincoln Verass                                                
12 Lindsay Klein (Santa Cruz, ForTheRiders.com)                  
13 Ricky Lee (Intense Cycles,Monza Imports,Sram,Rock Shox)       
14 James Maltman (Hyperdome Bike Hub. Chumba)                    
15 Cody Eichhorn (Ogio, Gamut, Spearman Cycles, Scott)           
16 Jarah Breese (Santa Cruz bikes, Streamline cycles, Sram)      
17 Harry Armstrong                                               
18 Darcy Murrell (Tomac Racing, Sram, Maxxis kwt, Halo,Hi)       
19 Jeremy Hamilton (EVO Cycles)                                  
20 Matt Vincent                                                  
21 David Hetherington (XXIV Factory Racing- xxiv.com.au)         
22 Jarl Jensen                                                   
23 Chris Whitelock (Yarra Valley cycles)                         
24 Tim Mackersy                                                  
25 Michael Kearton                                               
26 Simon Buzacott (JT cycles)                                    
27 Adam Smithson                                                 
28 Kaine Cannan (4Shaw, Mcbains Cycles, Gary Cannan Ele)       
29 Sam Hocken                                                    
30 Michael Manning (Morewood)                                    
31 Ben Davies                                                    
32 Brendan Wood (Yarra Valley Cycles, CPI)                       
33 Lucas Kuncewicz                                               
34 Nick Rudzki (Trent from Punchy)                               
35 Robert Armstrong                                              
36 Angus Coombe (Aldgate Cycles, ClickedMedia, Hummers)          
37 Kent Hamilton (GT Bicycles, Ogio, Drift Bike Style)           
38 Chris Obrien (Bicycle Recycle)                                
39 Darrell Edwick (nerang mountain bike center)                  
40 Dean Gibson                                                   
41 James Perkins                                                 
42 Ben Cory (Comencal, Dragon optical, e.thirteen, Cropt)        
43 Andrew Brett                                                  
44 Michael Watt                                                  
45 Bereud Boer                                                   
46 Lachlan Mazzer (bikeology)                                    
47 Liam Paiaro (ForTheRiders.com, Santacruz, Troylee design)       
48 Clint Sellen                                                  
49 Stuart Packer                                                 
50 Rhys Atkinson                                                 
Elite Women
1 Claire Whiteman (Onya Bike Belconnen and Civic)                
2 Sheryl Macleod (Giant Bicycles, Smith)                         
3 Leigh Douglas (4Shaw Agencies - Treadlies Bike Shop)      
4 Cara Smith (OnyaBike Civic)                                    
5 Emma Lewis                                                     
6 Sarah Booth (CRIME Cycles, Mace, ADF)                          
7 Leonie Picton (Mallard Cycles)                                 
8 Jayne Rutter (Biomechanics cycles and repairs)                
Under 19 Men
1 Shaun O'Connor                                                 
2 William Gower (Altitude Monza Team, Gower Racing)              
3 Tamryn Murrell (Tomac Racing, SRAM, Maxxis KWT, Halo)       
4 Rhys Willemse (Tomac Australia, super sports, Maxxis)    
5 Antony Moore (Venture cycles, Fittness plus)      
6 Selby Press (CDC Development)                                  
7 Aden Wyber (Beretts Bike Hub Geelong)                          
8 Ben Barrett (Kona Maxxis Shimano Adidas Pedros )            
9 Laurie Dinham                                                  
10 Max Kreuzer                                                   
11 Marcus Fairbanks                                              
12 Michael Fawlty                                                
13 James Shepherd (crime cycles, kore)                          
14 Went Jesse                                                    
15 Ben Nylen (Banshee, SRAM)                     
16 Ryan Humphris (Yarra Valley Cycles)                           
17 Lewis Winton (Altitude Mountain Sports, SRAM, Fox Clot)       
18 Matt Currie (YVC, Silvermist Studio, Quantum Life)            
19 Michael Bourne (Kona factory team)                            
20 Anthony Ghouril                                               
21 Daniel Lavis                                                  
22 Nick Jack                                                     
23 Drew Jonceslin                                                
24 Keiran Volk (yes please)                                      
25 Josh Dickinson (For The Riders.Com)                           
26 Samuel Jones (Spearman Cycles; Mum and Dad)                   
27 Tom Wyatt                                                     
28 James Short (You Yangs Shuttle Service)                       
29 Tom Rowe (Aldgate Bike Shop)                                  
30 Will Giles                                                    
31 Jacob Lamb                                                    
32 Adam Leaney                                                   
33 Bobby Davies                                                  
34 Oli LeLievre                                                  
35 Elvis Allamby                                                 
36 Lucas Roberts                                             
37 Ryan Hunt (Banshee xxiv imports race team)                   
38 Jarrod Walters                                                
39 Drew Gardiner                                                 
Under 19 Women
1 Em Hockey (Cove bikes, Sombrio, JT cycles)                     
2 Bec Kirss (Fortheriders.com, parents)                          
3 Jasmin Rosa                                                    
Under 17 Women
1 Katelyn Humphris (Yarra Valley Cycles)                         
2 Chariee Atkinson                                               
3 Danielle Acunzo                                                
Sport Women
1 Jacquie Lovett (Anaconda)                                      
Super Master
1 Martin Griffith (Switchmode power supplies)                    
Masters Men
1 David Badman (Black ball syndicate)                            
2 Geoff Lovie                                                    
3 Shane Currie (YVC, Quantum life)                              
4 Jamie Morton                                                   
5 Scott Kindred (Kona Grass Roots)                               
6 Mike Gadd                                                      
Veteran Men
1 Darren Hobby                                                   
2 Ben Reynolds                                                   
3 Jarrod Zorzalka                                                
4 Daniel Taliana (south east mtb company)                        
5 Mark Truhlar                                                   
6 John Petersen                                                  
7 Chris Montgomery                                               
8 Matthew Evans                                                  
9 Justin Armstrong (NutriSoil)                                   
10 Jason Stalker (Bling Industries, Treadlies Bike Shop)         
Expert Men
1 Ryan DeLaRue (Berettas Bike Hub Geelong)                       
2 Jared Wilson                                                   
3 Steven Gebert (CRIME cycles SA, Goodlife Gym)                 
4 David Leach (EVO Cycles)                                       
5 James Hunt                                                     
6 David Sherrah (Kona)                                           
7 Michael Braun                                                  
8 Peter Matthews                                                 
9 Josh Lyons                                                     
10 Tom Riella                                                    
11 Darren Murrihy (You Yangs Shuttle Service)                    
12 Steve Barrett                                                 
13 Harley Struthers                                              
14 Tom Egan                                                      
15 Leighton Smith                                                
16 Sam Luxton                                                    
Hard Tail Junior
1 Dylan Price                                                    
2 Aaron Pelttari                                                 
3 Kyle Coutts                                                    
4 Damon Coutts                                                   
Hard Tail Senior
1 Ash Parry                                                      
2 Damien Bortot                                                  
Under 17 Men
1 Troy Brosnan (Mongoose,Trak cycles,Adidas Eyewear,Ma)          
2 Brandon Yrttiaho                                               
3 Connor Fearon (Cove bikes, JT Cycles, Sombrio Clothing)        
4 Grant Womersley (mum and dad)                                  
5 James Carter (Altitude)                                        
6 David McMillan (Downhill Direct, Persist Clothing)             
7 Joe Vejvoda (Cycle logic, severe, coke)                        
8 James Green (Downhill Direct, Imperial, Anxious Mother)        
9 Dion Mabers                                                    
10 Brock Harrison (sacred ride)                                  
11 Henry Blake (Mitcham Cycles)                                  
12 Matt Smith (mum and dad)                                      
13 Phillip Piazza                                                
14 Alex Shannon (Berettas Bike Hub Geelong)                      
15 James Kelly (Norco Performance Bikes, Trailhead Bike)       
16 Jack Findlayclark (Mum)                                       
17 Angus Jackson (BIKE BARN)                                     
18 Wilson Hale                                                   
19 Zacharad Lewis                                                
20 Hugh Sangster                                                 
21 James Wilson (Anaconda Adventure Store,... Dad)               
22 Wilson McNally                                                
23 Chris Bourne (yarra vally cycles)                             
24 Nelson Kreilis                                                
25 Aaron Riggall (yarra valley cycles)                           
26 Michael Dargan (South East Regional Academy Of Sport)         
27 Jack Waite                                                    
28 Shaun Stephens                                                
29 MathewMat Dwyer (TESTEL, Railway Hotel Myrtleford)            
30 Jake Orr                                                      
31 Max Nielsen (Adelaide Hills cycles)                           
32 Jai Motherwell (Rams Home Loans Blackburn)                    
33 James Murphy                                                  
34 Nathan Ashworth                                               
35 George McFarlane                                              
36 Nic Jones                                                     
37 Joshua Mitchell                                               
Under 15 Men
1 Thomas Crimmins (The Sacred Ride, Jindabyne)                   
2 Jack McCosker                                                  
3 Luke Ellison (XCR Junior Development Program, EDL)              
4 Mitchell Kristiansen (bike super store, Photopirate)           
5 Andrew Crimmins (Crimmins Construction)                        
6 David Moggs                                                    
7 Eugene Smith (Ron Gee enterprises, Oz wide rigging)             
8 Josef Neabauer                                                 
9 Steve Johnson (Team XR)                                        
10 Remy Morton (Nerang mountain bike center)                     
11 Justin Backhouse                                              
12 Kyle Pfitzner (mum and dad)                                   
13 Nick Krndija                                                  
14 Jack Murray (GT bicycles)                                     
Sport Men
1 Trent Beacom                                                   
2 Dan Tough                                                      
3 Will Harrisonphillips                                          
4 Tom Farmer                                                     
5 Jack Selleck                                                   
6 Aaron Pelttari                                                 
7 Robert Lovett                                                  
8 Tyler Walsh                                                    
9 Max Treloar                                                    
10 Kieran Reinboth (Loco Mx, Whiteman Industries, dad)           
11 Aaron Atkinson                                       
12 Jack Jordan                                                   
13 Johnny Nguyen                                                 
14 Simon Needed                                                  
15 Bryce Cundy                                                   
16 Lovey Diver