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Australian National MTB Championships - CN
Mount Stromlo, Australia, January 25-28, 2008
Race 5 - January 26: 4X
National Champs double in four cross
By Sharon Payne
Buchanan forced the speed in the final to win her second national title at only 17 years of age.
"That was a tough one. I'm so tired," announced Buchanan on the line. "I knew I had to be switched on the whole time. I was just in the zone. I was so pumped up."
Challenges to Buchanan's second national title came from Brisbane's Sarsha Huntington. "I knew she was there all the time. I knew she (Huntington) would do any move to pass me. I knew if I messed up she would be there," said Buchanan.
Huntington crashed during a forced move and finished in fourth place. Second place was taken by top British downhillers, Tracy Moseley, while young Gracie Ireland from Sydney claimed third.
"I knew where he was and I may have let my guard down but I came back," explained Madill. Darrell looked like a move in the second last straight may have given him the edge but Madill had it measured to perfection to win.Madill had been a standout through the day with good gates and led the field though the motos and heats. With BMX charging into tithe Olympic games in August, Madill has confirmed he will not focus on trying to gain a spot in the Australian team.
Second place went to Darrell and Sydney's Terrance Scarr retained third. Thomas Twentyman stayed out of trouble all day to finish in fourth.
National downhiller series leader Amiel Cavalier from Wollongong was unlucky to make the final after crashing in the semi-final. World ranked downhiller Nathan Rennie was lucky during the preceding races a couple of spills allowing him a safe spot into the semi final. Rennie's sights are firmly set on another national title on Monday in the downhill after finishing second last year.
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Elite men 1 Luke Madill 2 Leigh Darrell 3 Terry Scarr 4 Thomas Twentyman 5 Thomas Hubert 6 Nathan Rennie 7 Amiel Cavalier 8 Randal Huntington 9 Cody Eichhorn 10 Rick Boyer 11 Tim Dunn 12 Michael Jobson 13 Mitchell Scarr 14 Jared Rando 15 Luke Pretlove 16 Gavin Turner 17 Hayden Lester 18 Joshua Button 19 Adam Dossetor 20 Jarah Breese 21 Cameron Allonby 22 Rhys Atkinson 23 Dave West 24 Barton Moore 25 Mark Beeksma 26 Adam Nicholson 27 Ryan Andrews 28 Adam Smithson DNS Craig Yates DNS Bryn Atkinson DNS Callan Ridge DNS Ricky Lee DNS Thomas Twentyman Elite women 1 Caroline Buchanan 2 Tracey Moseley 3 Grace Ireland 4 Sarsha Huntington 5 Julia Boer U19 Men 1 Rhys Willemse 2 Shaun O'Connor 3 David Habicht 4 Aidan Nemet 5 Jock Farrington 6 Anthony Vaughan 7 Cameron Taylor 8 James Horton 9 Adam Thaler DNS Josh Johnston Junior Women 1 Courtney Taylor 2 Harriet Burbidge-Smith 3 Alice Minahan 4 Danielle Beecroft 5 Emily Hockey 6 Jasmin Rosa 7 Bec Kirss 8 Emma Tatum U17 Men 1 Graeme Mudd 2 Ryan Henderson 3 Blake Nielsen 4 Benjamin Clarke 5 Liam Melville 6 Dain Case 7 Mathew Hall 8 Matthew Mullins 9 Lochlan Saunders 10 Anthony Fedorovitch 11 Max Lobigs 12 Tim Beaver DNS William Gower DNS Jarah Breese DNS James Shepherd U15 Men 1 Bowen Muncaster 2 Connor Fearon 3 David McMillan 4 Jordan Butler 5 Jack Murray 6 Max Hughes 7 Angus Easthope 8 Luke Ellison 9 Joe Vejvoda 10 Aidan Vahtrik 11 Alec French DNS George Hoskins Veteran Men 1 Robert Stone 2 Brett Minion 3 Brett Thompson 4 Mic Longhurst 5 Stephen Robinson 6 Albert Bacci 7 Jeffrey Solomano DNS Steve McKenna Sport Men 1 Louis Pijpers 2 Thomas Markus 3 Adam Cleary 4 Philip Wood 5 Jarrad Connolly 6 Nathan Couzin 7 Jiel Case 8 Ricardo Franzolini