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2003 Oceania MTB Championships - C

Australia, February 22, 2003

2002 Results    Results     Past winners

Grigson and Gordon dominate

By Joe Ward

While the local farmers in the north east of Victoria were rejoicing at the substantial rain, the hundreds of mountain bikers from around the country and across the Tasman, were a bit apprehensive having not ridded in mud for a fair while.

The rain eased off, and with a warm night before the Four Cross, the newly built track dried off to give gobs of grip. The only jersey to look for was the flash of red belonging to John Johnson (Felt). The ex-BMX'er showed everyone his impressive snap out of the gate and super smooth handling skills to cane all comers.

By mid afternoon, the heat and humidity had become uncomfortable, and this would be a strong factor in the racing. The familiar colours of Subaru/Gary Fisher rider Mary Grigson made a return to the start line after a long spell off the bike. With many rumouring her retirement she was out to quieten the pundits.

With a 500-mtr drag race to the first singletrack, position was all-important, with Dellys Franke, Suzy Pryde (NZ) and Mary all at the front. Exiting the singletrack it was Mary leading and daylight second, Franke and Pryde were already 30 seconds down. Grigson's fresh legs showing they have lost nothing in the top end.

With first place sewn up and stretching out every lap, all eyes were on second and third. Pryde still holding second place three laps in, with Franke and Lisa Mathison on her tail. Franke fell off the group leaving the junior world champion Mathison to reel in Pryde, Mathison saying she couldn't stick with Pryde on the numerous sharp climbs but her superior descending and technical skills bringing her back to her wheel.

On the bell lap, Mathison found the legs to pass Pryde and set upon establishing a substantial gap.

Out at the front, Grigson put on a dominating performance, the winner by 3:38. She rolled over line looking annoyingly relaxed and composed. She said that apart from winning she really enjoyed the ride and it affirmed to her why she loves mountain bikes, her months off the bike appearing to pay off and setting her up for her next major goal of selection for the Athens Olympics.

Mathison put 37 seconds into Pryde at the line, coming second to a rider over 10 years her senior. She is off to Switzerland this week to take up a scholarship at the World Cycling Academy, The first ever Australian inductee to this prestigious institution.

The Men made for an impressive looking start as they crested the rise into the singletrack. A wall of yellow made up of Sobe/Cannondale riders, Rowney, Lefman and Gordon hit the tight stuff first. The only rider to upset the colour scheme was National Champion Sid Taberlay (Avanti). He was first to exit the singletrack and was carrying so much speed he had to corner motocross-style.

Taberlay later said he grabbed the lead to slow the pace down because he was suffering with the humidity. One rider not to make it out of the first lap was National series point leader Peter Hatton, crashing hard off one of the jumps and being knocked unconscious.

The lead changed hands many times over the next few laps between Craig Gordon, Taberlay and Lefman, who was later dropped and replaced by Josh Fleming (Felt).

With the fourth lap, Gordon put the hammer down and left Taberlay and Fleming to sort out the minor places, eventually putting 4:08 on them to cruise home and take the title. Gordon said that he just rode the race at his own pace. Taberlay, though suffering, kept Fleming at bay 26 seconds behind. He's now off to Italy to join the Mapai Mountain Bike team for this year's world cup and European circuit. He'll be joined at Mapai by Trent Lowe who was unable to race due to a recent collision with a car, coming off second best and breaking his collarbone, requiring a plate.

The newly built downhill course, designed by Ben Reynolds for the Oceania's, was one for the peddlers. From the start, the first turn was after a short uphill section then into 8 switchbacks in a row to upset any sort of flow until the course flattened out into some man-made sections. There was nothing too burly but plenty of trees to take out those lacking focus.

The Women's race was a walk over by Tai-Lee Muxlow, despite a sketchy landing at the log jump pleasing the big crowd all waiting for carnage.

In the Men's, Sam Hill was the man to watch as he set the fastest time of 3.02.25 in qualifying, again proving that his rainbow jersey was no fluke, nor was his win in the monster huck-fest that is the Redbull ride. However, with the likes of Rennie and Kovaric not in attendance it would prove a slightly easier task than normal.

With the powdery track now becoming loose and rutted, times were unlikely to get any better. In the final Shane Wode, got comfortable in the hot seat by posting 3.04.92, which was still two and a half seconds outside Hill's earlier time.

The crowd now anticipating Hill's final run and they weren't disappointed as he improved on his qualifying run by over five seconds, showing that he is better on the flat bits, better on the burly bits, just better all round.

Hill obviously lets his riding do the talking and his only comment was that he just pedalled a bit harder on the flats to make up the five seconds.

Photos

Images by Joe Ward

Results

Cross Country

Expert Men 

1 Ben Randall                    1.49.08
2 David Ferroni                     6.10
3 Adrian Whitworth                  6.37
4 Luc Plowman                       7.01
5 Andrew Bell                      11.35
6 Stephen Van dyke                 11.36
7 Ben Rouse                        15.35
8 Martin Strozik                   19.41
9 David Stienhouse                 21.36
10 Andrew Dixon                    29.53
11 Justin Bateman                  38.59
12 Tim Andrews                     44.30
13 Geoff Vietz                     1 lap
14 Alex Randall                    1 lap
15 Nem Ivancenic                   1 lap
DNF Tim Odwyer

Sport Men

1 Jeremy Clark                   1.12.33
2 Nathan Lorkin                       23
3 Jason Jackson                     5.03
4 Simon Pateman                     5.20
5 Matthew Doble                     6.19
6 Adam Hawken                       6.59
7 Simon Leighfield                  7.02
8 Ben Patrick                       7.19
9 Julian Fox                       11.11
10 Dean O'neill                    11.22
11 Aaron Davies                    12.08
12 Dean Hunt                       12.53
13 Geoff Kelly                     12.58
14 Carl Maroney                    13.33
15 Simon Bone                      14.06
16 Tim Procter                     18.32
17 Jochen Schreyvogel              19.02
18 Mark Cooper                     23.33
19 Edgar Mercado                   25.52
20 Robert Novella                  28.53
DNF Scott Keneally
DNF Sean Richardson

Sport Women

1 Melissa Auset                    52.09
2 Vinca Low                         4.07
3 Tory Thomas                       5.19
4 Donna Hamlin                      6.22
5 Justine Leahy                    16.11
6 Kelly Linaker                    20.19
7 Libby Evans                      25.35
DNF Aurelia Strozik

Veteran Men

1 Evan Jeffery                   1.26.04
2 Ryan Starr                        3.14
3 Sean kierce                       3.18
4 Craig Mclean                      5.00
5 Paul Reed                         6.56
6 Scott Caraher                     7.29
7 Paul Bryant                      10.43
8 Tim McColl                       14.03
9 Wes Samson                       15.20
10 Damien Jones                    15.39
11 Chris Neenan                    15.50
12 Anthony Natoli                  16.26
13 Brett Kellett                   17.22
14 Dale Weston                     26.30
15 Damian Auton                    57.42
DNF Sam Stapleton

Veteran Women

1 Jane Ollerenshaw                 58.49
2 Jeni Watson                      23.49

Masters Men

1 Warren Key                     1.06.41
2 Rob Amos                          8.23
3 Garron Bucklan                    9.29
4 Hans Dielacher                   10.57
5 Craig Peacock                    15.47
6 Finlay Luff                      16.37
7 Christopher Bland                21.26
8 Stephen Johnson                  25.19
9 Craig Watkin                     30.36
DNF Paul Verheijden

Super Masters Men

1 Nicholas Bird                  1.11.31
2 Kahn Franke                       6.55
3 Brian Scarbough                   7.48
4 Robert Faull                     14.44
5 Errol Shearsby                   16.48
6 Dennis  Richards                 22.41
7 Murray Willet                    26.29
DNF Noel Allen

Under 19 Men

1 Alistair Farley                1.20.23
2 Mark  Frendo                        23
3 Shaun Lewisu19                    2.04
4 Matthew Molan                     3.09
5 James Maebus                      3.32
6 Bret Townsend                     3.44
7 Daniel McConnell                  5.09
8 Andrew Wade                       5.12
9 Justin Case                       8.09
10 Mathew  Dewes                    8.58
11 Josh Keep                       10.45
12 Nigel Cross                     12.37
13 Steven  Butler                  19.05
DNF Jacob Lea
DNF Sam  Bewley
DSQ Miles  Watson

U19 Men Non UCI

1 John Groves                    1.48.49
DNF Chris Allen

Under 19 Women

1 Carissa Wilkes                 1.18.58
2 Katrina Wilkinson                 7.40

Under 17 Men

1 Joel healey                    1.04.18
2 Cal Britten                         29
3 Garry Millburn                    6.46

Under 15 Men

1 Nick Bossy                       41.50
2 Benjamin Hunter                  24.01

Fun Men

1 Tim Ferres                       27.55
2 Martin Turner                     3.48
3 Ben Mott                          7.07
4 Mark Hudson                      11.09

Fun Women

1 Katherine Navarro                41.40

Pro Elite Men

1 Craig Gordon                   1.53.43
2 Sid Taberlay                      4.08
3 Josh Fleming                      4.36
4 Chris Jongewaard                  5.52
5 Perin Delacour                    6.01
6 Luke Stockwell                    6.33
7 Murray Spink                      7.04
8 Shaun Lewis                       7.07
9 Ian  Longville                    7.10
10 Aiden Lefman                     7.52
11 Jason Clement                    8.33
12 Stuart Houltham                  9.49
13 Nick Both                       10.39
14 Nick Kiraly                     13.12
15 Chris Winn                      13.37
16 James  Williamson               15.22
17 Brian Sing                      17.08
18 marcus Roy                      17.44
19 James Dickey                    19.17
20 Brent Miller                    20.09
21 Mark Leishman                   20.19
22 Paul Bishop                     22.55
23 Hilton Power                    23.39
24 Tim Hucker                      1 lap
25 Scott Lyttle                 
26 Tim Vincent                  
27 Jai Crawford                 
28 Jarrod Dwyer                    1 lap
29 Michael Postme                  2 lap
30 Aaron Kells                  
31 Paul Rowney                  
DNF Rob Eva
DNF David Newton
DNF Byron Horwood

Pro Elite Women

1 Mary Grigson                   1.28.26
2 Lisa  Mathison                    3.38
3 Suzy Pryde                        4.15
4 Niki Gudex                        6.53
5 Robyn Wong                        7.18
6 Dellys Franke                     7.47
7 Sadi Parker Wyne                  8.04
8 Eleanor Patterson                11.54
9 Jenni King                       15.36
10 Cathy McAuliffe                 22.46
11 Maria  Papadopous               25.06
12 Rebecca Cullen                  1 lap
DNF Jaci Low

Downhill

Elite Men
                                 Run 1              Run 2
1 Sam Hill                       3.02.25            2.57.23
2 Shane Wode                     3.10.39            3.04.93
3 Jared Graves                   3.05.83            3.05.08
4 Tim Nelson                     3.08.78            3.06.96
5 Jared Rando                    3.08.35            3.08.18
6 Justin Havukainen              3.11.39            3.08.86
7 Glen Haden                     3.10.06            3.09.27
8 Justin Leov                    3.08.45            3.09.43
9 Joel Panozzo                   3.04.62            3.10.21
10 Bryn Atkinson                 3.12.09            3.10.65
11 Mathew Tape                   3.12.68            3.11.50
12 Tim Mann                      3.15.75            3.12.02
13 Ricky Boyer                   3.15.29            3.12.46
14 Dave West                     3.14.21            3.12.81
15 Luke Strom                    3.09.10            3.13.14
16 Tom Holland                   3.11.19            3.13.35
17 Brad Kelly                    3.15.77            3.14.34
18 William Yarwood               3.17.52            3.16.16
19 Miles Mead                    3.14.02            3.16.72
20 Jamie Green                   3.17.79            3.16.79
21 Robbie McNaugton              3.18.33            3.17.60
22 Nathan Rankin                 3.04.01            3.18.46
23 Jensen Woodcock               3.18.27            3.19.54
24 Ben Cory                      3.11.47            3.19.66
25 James Dodds                   3.12.87            3.20.20
26 Andrew Maxwell                3.18.62            3.21.90
27 Adam Dossetor                 3.16.28            3.23.35
28 Craig VanHaren                3.15.59            3.23.75
29 Jason Codding                 3.15.35            3.36.16
30 Tim Mackersy                  3.16.87            3.42.26
31 Ryan Lennox                   3.19.01
32 Nathan Standford              3.19.38
33 Mick Ross                     3.20.15
34 Mark Steffens                 3.20.35
35 Dennis Beare                  3.20.43
36 Andrew Mills                  3.20.44
37 Scott Sharples                3.22.34
38 Craig Yates                   3.22.88
39 Alex Malone                   3.23.47
40 Alan Crisp                    3.23.48
41 Nari Jenkins                  3.24.10
42 Dave Ferroni                  3.24.52
43 Hugh Feggans                  3.24.87
44 Andy Epthorp                  3.24.92
45 Jonathon Taylor               3.26.33
46 Ryan Goddard                  3.26.88
47 Mark Turek                    3.27.06
48 Shane Weaving                 3.27.33
49 Matt West                     3.27.35
50 Peter Hutchinson              3.27.78
51 Ben Watkins                   3.29.57
52 John Farrow                   3.30.55
53 Wylia Burchail                3.30.77
54 Leigh Hocken                  3.31.27
55 John Thomas                   3.31.34
56 Peter Horch                   3.32.80
57 Jarrah Cocks                  3.33.63
58 Joe Achilles                  3.33.88
59 David Moran                   3.38.47
60 John Johnson                  3.42.92
61 Patrick Chamber              16.43.13
DNF Michael Robinson

Elite Women

1 Tai-Lee Muxlow                 3.42.40            3.31.21
2 Niki Gudex                     3.54.04            3.54.45
3 Lucy Topman                    4.26.90            4.18.81
4 Debbie Macgregor               5.08.11            5.08.50

U19 Men

1 Lindsay Klein                  3.10.56            3.07.95
2 Craig Pattle                   3.11.68            3.13.40
3 Martyn Fry                     3.19.14            3.19.33
4 Riley Donaldson                3.14.81            3.19.37
5 Mathew Lawson                  3.24.52            3.21.56
6 Kaine Cannan                   3.21.62            3.21.60
7 Benjamin Kinnunen              3.20.08            3.23.57
8 Ben Sanders                    3.22.07            3.26.17
9 David McLauglin                3.16.49            3.26.62
10 Lincoln Verazs                3.20.65            3.36.61
11 Josh Boyd                     3.24.64
12 Jarl Jenson                   3.24.98
13 Michael Kearton               3.25.15
14 Jarah Breese                  3.25.24
15 Hugh Peters                   3.25.46
16 Phillip Scicluna              3.28.73
17 Ken Valhorse                  3.34.73
18 Che Pianta                    3.41.67
19 Jack Willet                   3.46.80
20 Sam Gregory                   3.48.53
21 Steven Mathews                3.48.64

U19 Women

1 Scarlett Hagen                 3.46.85            3.34.33

Expert Men

1 Matt Swann                     3.20.36
2 Nick Stubbs                    3.22.60
3 Simon Gubbins                  3.24.02
4 Phillip Charlton               3.26.18
5 Jason Morison                  3.26.76
6 Ben Mundy                      3.28.12
7 Craig Larson                   3.29.87
8 Karl Peel                      3.30.95
9 Aaron Lyons                    3.34.24
10 Arran Thorburn                3.34.67
11 Paul Glowacki                 3.35.17
12 Phillip Anderson              3.36.07
13 Nick Anderson                 3.37.17
14 Luck Blockey                  3.37.59
15 Ben Morgan                    3.39.76
16 Andrew Threlfall              3.43.26
17 Leighton Smith                3.45.92
18 Jackson Hepper                3.47.05
19 Nick Cruickshank              3.48.06
20 Andrew Watson                 3.49.98
DNF Nick Barrett


Super Masters Men

1 Tony Burchill                  3.55.72
2 Christopher Howe               4.33.24
DNF Allen Grundy

Masters Men

1 Michael Scicluna               4.34.19

Veteran Men

1 Ben Reynolds                   3.23.20
2 Rob Eva                        3.24.27
3 Lorne Dennis                   3.25.19
4 Michael Norman                 3.32.80
5 Mathew Evans                   3.33.22
5 Glenn Hicks
7 Oliver Klein                   3.33.55
8 Steve Munyard                  3.40.64
9 Evan James                     3.42.90
10 Michael Sierp                 3.44.55
11 Tyron McLean                  3.45.49
12 Grant Bidois                  3.46.34
13 Michael Warrior               3.47.09
14 Damian Auton                  3.48.07
15 Daryly Snowden                3.48.19
16 Scott Watkins                 3.50.87
17 Ian Petrie                    3.52.88
18 Craig Penglase                3.53.64
19 John Peterson                 3.55.79
20 Adam Peng                     4.21.67
21 Justin Armstrong              4.22.73
22 Brad Warrior                  4.28.20
23 Paul Eckert                   5.30.87
DNF Simon Trewella

U17 Men

1 Liam Panozzo                   3.18.47
2 Darren Pokoj                   3.27.15
3 Brett Pengelley                3.28.24
4 Sam Hochen                     3.28.92
5 Tylah Breese                   3.29.87
6 Ayden Eves                     3.34.21
7 Chris Panozzo                  3.35.75
8 Timothy Eaton                  3.37.11
9 Amiel Carralier                3.42.00
10 Ben Stray                     3.42.16
11 Scott Grundy                  3.45.83
12 Chris Hetherington            3.46.54
13 Ricky Lee                     3.52.65
14 Jack Timms                    3.53.29
15 James Freshwater              3.54.12
16 Willima Cookesley             3.56.73
17 Alex Strickland               4.05.40
18 Chris Honey                   4.13.68
19 Matt Rowley                   4.20.37
20 Josh Sommers                  4.38.57
21 Hugh Gooding                  5.17.47

U15 Men

1 David Hetherington             3.53.15
2 Tim Harrington                 3.57.71
3 Ashley Grundy                  4.05.09
4 David Rowley                   4.18.04
5 Murray Stephens                5.30.31

Sport Men

1 Sam Steinlauf                  3.36.49
2 Shane Gayton                   3.45.36
3 Jorge Robinson                 3.46.42
4 Dan Hill                       3.46.89
5 Peter Fothergill               3.49.25
6 Craig Moore                    3.50.95
7 Mamie Mahony                   3.52.67
8 Josh Risby                     3.53.14
9 Clarke Smith                   3.53.16
10 Ashley Koomen                 3.53.66
11 Mathew Dixon                  3.55.09
12 Matt Bolger                   3.59.33
13 Simon Troughton               4.00.57
14 Simon Jacombs                 4.02.65
15 Paul Neil                     4.04.18
16 Nick Fraser                   4.05.59
17 David Lombardi                4.05.71
18 Ian Russell                   4.07.96
19 Aaron Rogers                  4.09.69
20 Ashley Logan                  4.11.37
21 James Reid                    4.18.17
22 Adrian Caddy                  4.20.31
23 Jason Rusano                  4.31.78
24 Chris Liesfiled               4.36.24
25 Mathew Tickle                 4.37.78
26 Dean Keeble                   4.38.97
27 Peter Michaelslu              4.40.50
28 Will Horton                   4.40.80
29 Andrew Smith                  4.47.74
30 Lucaas Bate                   4.52.68
31 Damian Georgiou               4.52.82
32 Tim Price                     5.09.93
33 Adrian Giblett                5.19.10
34 Andrew Westlake               5.52.52
35 Berin Boughton                5.59.39
36 Shayne Lewis                  6.05.30
37 Ken Pederson                 10.23.89
DNF Ricky Lambourn

Sport Women

1 Carla McLeish                  4.46.59
2 Vinca Low                      4.59.40
3 Jodi Troughton                 5.08.96
4 Kate Holzer                    5.25.11
5 Emily Rousseau                 5.40.13
6 Amanda Paterson                6.05.40
7 Cindie Sassons                 6.05.78

Hardtail

1 Nicholas Wright                3.39.82
2 Johnny Dowe                    3.59.40
3 Daniel Stray                   4.09.36
4 Andy Lever                     4.25.41
5 David O'keefe                  4.28.60
6 Duan Davies                    4.50.33
7 James Young                    5.25.85

Four Cross

A Grade

1 John Johnson
2 Jamie Green
3 Carl Wilson
4 Craig VanHaren

B Grade

1 Simon Anderson
2 Andrew Watson
3 Andrew Dickey
4 James Hollings

C Grade

1 Liam Panozzo
2 Darren Pokoj
3 Philip Anderson
4 Hugh Gooding

Women

1 Amanda Patterson
2 Cindy sassons
3 Lucy Topman
  

Past Winners

     Men                       Women
2002 Josh Fleming (Aus)        Claire Baxter (Aus)