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Australian MTB Series #3 - NE
You Yang MTB Park, Geelong, Victoria, Australia, December 13-14, 2008
Race 3 - December 14: Downhill
Cavalier claims win after mountain bike drought
"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.
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