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Oceania Mountain Bike Championships - CC

Nelson, New Zealand, March 13-16, 2008

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Race 3 - March 14: Cross Country

Australians dominate cross country events

The Australians dominated the cross country competition on the second day of the UCI Oceania Mountainbike Championships in Nelson. Both Australian National Cross Country Champions won their respective races with Adelaide's Chris Jongewaard and Melbourne's Dellys Starr reconfirming their current positions as two of only four Australian riders on the shadow team for the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

Jongewaard had to fight for the lead which was taken by former Athens Olympian, Sid Taberlay from Tasmania. Multi-Australian titleholder Taberlay, who finished sixth at the Commonwealth Games, led convincingly during the first four of six laps of the 8.4 km course - eventually opening up a 20 second lead on his rival. In the final two laps, Jongewaard not only made up the deficit and quickly reclaimed the lead with a 45 second advantage. He won in a record 2:00:19. Taberlay could not answer and placed second at 1:18 with Victorian Dan McConnell claiming third nearly four minutes down. All three riders are only Australia's shadow team for the Olympics. The top New Zealander was Invercargill's Marcus Roy in sixth place.

Australian Dellys Starr, the only female rider to qualify for the Australian shadow team, was in a class of her own in the elite women's race. The 31 year-old spread-eagled the field to win her four lap race in 1:37:43, with New Zealand's Kaytee Boyd impressing with her second place, ahead of Australian Rowena Fry.

"I pushed up the climbs and pulled away and lead from the start," said the women's winner. "I always go out as hard as I can. I was happy with the win because my preparation and training is heading in the right direction." Starr said she had done some threshold training before this event however with a long season of World Cups ahead, Starr says she will return to strength training.

Starr will race the remaining short course cross country in Nelson before returning to Melbourne for one day with her family before heading overseas to start her assault on the World Cups in Europe.

Australians made a clean sweep of the men's U23 competition, won by Lachlan Norris, a 21 year-old university student who had returned to form to finish five laps in 1:20:29.

"The win today will mean I get a good starting position at the World Cups and World Championships," explained Norris, who will depart Australia at the end of this month along with the three members of the men's shadow team, Jongewaard, McConnell and Taberlay.

New Zealand's Monique Avery took the U23 women's honours. In a remarkable sprint finish Avery came in ahead of Australian Therese Rhodes. It completed a great day for the Avery family , with her mother Maryann winning the Masters race.

New Zealand's Jordan Blake won the U19 men and the brilliant Samara Sheppard successfully defended her U19 women's title.

The downhill will be run on Sunday.


Elite men

1 Chris Jongewaard (Australia)           2.00.19
2 Sid Taberlay (Australia)                  1.18
3 Daniel Mcconnell (Australia)              3.52
4 Barry Wicks (United States Of America)    5.09
5 Perren Delacour (Australia)               7.49
6 Marcus Roy (New Zealand)                  8.21
7 Ben Mather (Australia)                   10.27
8 Eric Drower (New Zealand)                10.44
9 Michael Northcott (New Zealand)          11.50
10 Adrian Jackson (Australia)              12.02
11 Stuart Houltham (New Zealand)           13.46
12 Tim Wilding (New Zealand)               14.53
13 Brian Price (Australia)                 16.48
14 Nick Both (Australia)                   17.19
15 Jon Richardson (New Zealand)            18.17
16 Timothy Madgwick (New Zealand)          19.46
17 Gavin Mccarthy (New Zealand)            20.56
18 Nic Smith (New Zealand)                 33.17

Behind one lap

19 Dean Fulton (New Zealand)                    

Behind two laps

20 Tony Hogg (New Zealand)                      
21 Jeremy Inglis (New Zealand)                  

Behind three laps

22 Mark Williams (New Zealand)                  
23 Dayle Mclauchlan (New Zealand)               

Behind four laps

24 Christopher Kendall (New Zealand)            
25 Justin Price (New Zealand)                   
DNF Fraser Hewett (New Zealand)                 
DNS Darry Stevens (New Zealand)                 
Elite women

1 Dellys Starr (Australia)               1.37.43
2 Kaytee Boyd (New Zealand)                 3.26
3 Rowena Fry (Australia)                    3.55
4 Emma Colson (Australia)                   4.55
5 Annika Smail (New Zealand)                6.09
6 Zoe King (Australia)                      6.58
7 Jodie Willett (Australia)                 8.28
8 Sonia Hill (New Zealand)                  9.32
9 Erin Greene (New Zealand)                11.35
10 Nina Pedersen (New Zealand)             12.20
11 Katherine O Shea (Australia)            14.22
12 Nicole Swain (New Zealand)              16.12
13 Lisa Morgan (New Zealand)               19.57

Behind two laps

14 Brenda Clapp (New Zealand)                   
15 Erica Obrien (Australia)                     
DNF Cathy Hamer (New Zealand)                   
DNF Sara Taylor (New Zealand)                   
DNS Tory Thomas (Australia)                     
DNS Jeanette Gerrie (Australia)                 
DNF Genevieve Matthews (Australia)              
U23 Men

1 Lachlan Norris (Australia)             1.40.29
2 Ben Henderson (Australia)                 3.19
3 Josh Keep (Australia)                     4.50
4 Joshua Barley (New Zealand)              11.31
5 Carl Jones (New Zealand)                 11.56
6 John Gray (New Zealand)                  12.05
7 Cal Britten (Australia)                  14.03
8 Daniel Hallam (Australia)                16.15
DNF Connor Power (New Zealand)                  
U23 Women

1 Monique Avery (New Zealand)            1.20.21
2 Therese Rhodes (Australia)                0.02
3 Michelle Bellamy (New Zealand)            0.54
4 Katheirne O Neill (New Zealand)           3.33

Behind one lap

5 Lindsay Gorrell (Australia)                   
U19 Men
1 Jordan Blake (New Zealand)             1.26.19
2 Alex Mcgregor (New Zealand)               0.22
3 George Bennett (New Zealand)              1.30
4 Dirk Peters (New Zealand)                 1.41
5 Peter Braunsteins (Australia)             3.27
6 Kieran Hambrook (New Zealand)             3.42
7 Ash Hough (New Zealand)                   4.20
8 Scott Green (New Zealand)                 4.49
9 Luke Fetch (Australia)                    5.41
10 Patrick Avery (New Zealand)              6.11
11 David Johnston (Australia)               6.13
12 Brendan Johnston (Australia)            11.47
13 Mike Nuy (New Zealand)                  11.57
14 James Peacock (Australia)               19.52

Behind two laps

15 Adrian Retief (New Zealand)                  
U19 Women

1 Samara Sheppard (New Zealand)          1.19.43
2 Rebecca Henderson (Australia)             2.31
3 Sasha Smith (New Zealand)                 4.44
4 Adrienne Hooper (New Zealand)             7.55
5 Jesse Loe (New Zealand)                  11.31
6 Rachel Richards (New Zealand)            12.36
7 Lisa Haycock (New Zealand)               23.59

Junior U17 Men

1 Logan Horn (New Zealand)               1.08.55
2 Tom Bradshaw (New Zealand)                3.09
3 Nick Bygate (New Zealand)                11.00
Junior U17 Women

1 Alexa Peters (New Zealand)             1.00.30

Junior U15 Men

1 Anton Cooper (New Zealand)               46.00
2 Sean Hambrook (New Zealand)               5.46
3 Jake Glover (New Zealand)                 6.48
Senior Women

1 Emma Wensing (New Zealand)               43.20
Master 30+ Men

1 Ricky Pincott (New Zealand)            1.37.17
2 Owen Gibson (New Zealand)                 2.59

Behind two laps

3 Mike Kyle (New Zealand)                       
DNF Wade Jennings (New Zealand)                 
DNS Chris Gaze (New Zealand)                    
Master 40+ Men

1 Derek Milne (New Zealand)              1.42.01
2 Simon Carney (New Zealand)                7.26
DNS Trevor Woodward (New Zealand)               
Master 50+ Men

DNS Andrew Scott (New Zealand)                  
Master 50+ Women

1 Maryann Avery (New Zealand)            1.39.26