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ACT, Australia, December 2-4, 2005

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Event 5 - December 4: BMX racing

Madill takes AA win on final Brindabella afternoon

By Greg McNevin

AA Men winner Luke Madill
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(Click for larger image) AA Men winner Luke Madill

The sleepy Canberra suburb of Melba exploded in a frenzy of dog fighting on Sunday when the Canberra BMX club played host to top BMX racers from around the country on the final afternoon of the Brindabella Challenge weekend..

In a day of and sun, spokes and spills where the wind dominated proceedings as much as cycling clothes with colour pallets from 1983, sprockets right up to pro's battled it out for $8000 in prize money on a track like a serpent's spine.

The ACT's Caroline Buchanan took out the Pro Open Ladies, Terrigal's Joshua Phillips the A Men's, and Penrith's Luke Madill conquered the AA Men's.

"It was a tough race" said Madill. "The standard of competition is definitely high in Australia." With ten years of international professional racing behind him, Madill is confident that the greatest challenges exist in Australia saying: "We're definitely faster over here than they are in the US." And with events like Brindabella Challenge on the cards, Aussie competition is sure to improve.

The AA Men final fires off
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(Click for larger image) The AA Men final fires off


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AA Men
1 Luke Madill (Penrith, NSW)
2 Kama Kazi (Nerang, QLD)
3 Michael Robinson (Nerang, QLD)
4 Tony Harvey (Bellarine, VIC)
5 Jonathan Hoare (South Eastern, VIC)
6 Daniel Johnstone (Terrigal, NSW)
7 Julian Lim (Beenleigh, QLD)
8 Billy Jolliffe (Terrigal, NSW)
A Men
1 Joshua Phillips (Terrigal, NSW)
2 Sam Willoughby (Happy Valley, SA)
3 Christopher Westwood (Lake Macquarie, NSW)
4 Ashley Miller (Canberra, ACT)
5 Joshua Callan (Lilydale, VIC)
6 Aaron Curtis (Canberra, ACT)
7 Luke Elliott (Macarthur, NSW)
8 Justin Braybon (Happy Valley, SA)
Pro Open Women
1 Caroline Buchanan (Tuggeranong, ACT)
2 Melissa Mankowski (Moranbah, QLD)
3 Renee Junga (Nerang, QLD)
4 Krystal Cranfield (Harbour City, QLD)
5 Caitlin Willmott (Macarthur, NSW)
6 Ziggy Callan (Lilydale, VIC)
7 Grace Ireland (Liverpool City, NSW)
8 Nicole Callisto (Wanneroo, WA)
Brindabella Challenge Mountain Bike Trials Competition
1 Michael Maruca 
2 Blake Hansen 
3 Tom Stevens 
Sport 20inch
1 Brett Smith 
2 Ben Horn
3 Mark Riddle 
Sport 26inch
1 Sam Paull
2 Toby Rushford 
3 Chris Quain 
Elite 26inch
1 Alex Markwart (Canberra) 
2 Mitch Ho (Sydney) 
3 JoelWhitburn (Adelaide) 
Pro 26inch 
1 Lyndsey Colla (Adelaide) 
2 Adam Kelly (Sydney) 
3 Craig Pearce (Canberra) 
Pro 20inch
1 Craig Pearce (Canberra) 
2 Sam Hull (Sydney) 

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