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Australian National MTB Championships - CN
Canberra, Australia, January 23-26, 2009
Race 7 - January 25: Cross country: Elite/U23/U19 women
Fry surprises herself by winning title
In the elite women's cross country, Launceston's Rowena Fry claimed her first national title. The 26-year-old faced stiff competition and was unable to break away from Bendigo's Jo Wall until the fourth and final lap.
"I'm really stoked," said a surprised Fry. "I was going to be happy with a top five. I've been dreaming about it for a year and a half now."
After recent return to training following a bout with chronic fatigue syndrome, Fry surprised herself with a national jersey in her first race back.
"I haven't raced for quite a long time so I didn't know what to expect," she said. "I got the break a couple of times. In the last lap, I managed to get the break and hang onto it."
Wall finished just 35 seconds behind Fry to claim second. Brisbane's Jodie Willett placed third at 1'54 with Zoe King and Tory Thomas in fourth and fifth places respectively.
Gracie Elvin was the top finishing under 23 racer, in eighth place overall.
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Images by Evan Jeffery / www.evanjeffery.com.au
Images by Dave Bateman Photography / www.davebatemanphoto.com
Elite and Under 23 women 1 Rowena Fry (Aus) 1.53.01 2 Jo Wall (Aus) Torq Nutrition 0.35 3 Jodie Willett (Aus) eDiscovery Tools, Scody 1.54 4 Zoe King (Aus) Cannondale, King of the Mountain Cyclery 2.57 5 Tory Thomas (Aus) Torq Nutrition 4.07 6 Joanna Harrington (Aus) 5.40 7 Niki Fisher (Aus) Giant 6.10 8 Gracie Elvin (Aus) * 6.59 9 Nicola Leary (Aus) 8.27 10 Jo Bennett (Aus) Merida Flight Centre 8.44 11 Therese Rhodes (Aus) Ulitimate Ride Bike Shop * 11.58 12 Trudy Nicholas (Aus) 12.10 13 Rosemary Barnes (Aus) 16.33 14 Sarah Holmes (Aus) * 16.55 15 Bianca Mauch (Aus) TLC Cycles SRAM 18.59 16 Kelly Bartlett (Aus) 19.27 17 Melinda Jackson (Aus) * 19.52 18 Jody Bush (Aus) 20.28 19 Philippa Rostan (Aus) 20.59 20 Katherine O'Shea (Aus) Torq Nutrition 25.04 21 Anna Beck (Aus) KOM RLC Sport Scud 26.48 22 Kath Bicknell (Aus) Salsa Cycles, Nzo, Onya Bike 30.41 DNF Kylie Webb (Aus) Lonsdale St Cyclery DNF Fiona Macdermid (GBr) DNF Jenni King (Aus) Croydon Cycleworks DNS Erica Gurner (Aus) DNS Jessica Douglas (Aus) Torquay Cycling Factory DNS Rebecca Hill (Aus) DNS Lee Schultz (Aus) Hampton Bicycles * indicates U23 U19 women 1 Rebecca Henderson (Aus) Mongoose Bikes SRAM 1.30.03 2 Gillian Burgess (Aus) 13.20 3 Sarah Kate McDonald (NZl) PlaceMakers 13.26 4 Shelly Flood (Aus) Ay up 16.04 5 Natasha Bonney (Aus) 46.47 DNF Jesse Loe (NZl) Scott Cycles, Taupo NZ