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Oceania DH championships - CC

Victoria, Australia, April 3, 2005


Weather blasts Oceania downhill

As predicted Sunday's DH Oceania Championships in Mt. Buller saw wind gusts up to 100km/h, rain and fog and great trans-Tasman rivalry.

The seeding runs were run in heavy fog and rain to achieve a seeded list for the final run of the day. Rivers of water greeted the riders who were game enough to brave the conditions on a course that was substantially different to the unofficial practice days (held in dry and dusty conditions). Holes and obstacles that were easily negotiated the day before were now hidden under a river running the length of the course. Add to that the need for the riders to remain warm meant that the conditions were trying to say the least.

Nevertheless Australia dominated in the Junior race classes with Amiel Cavalier taking the 1st place podium with a blistering time of 3m57.64s almost 30s slower than the winning time on the same course at the MTBA Series finals held only 3 weeks earlier in dry and perfect conditions. Second and third place were taken by Ayden Eves (AUS) and Christopher Panozzo (AUS) respectively.

Australia also took out the gold medal in the Elite men's race with a time of 3m48.88s again some 28s slower than the winning time at the MTBA finals. Second and third place were taken by New Zealand (Nathan Rankin, Justin Leoy)


Elite Men
1 Michael Hannah (Australia)         3.48.88
2 Nathan Rankin (New Zealand)        3.54.28
3 Justin Leov (New Zealand)          3.59.29
4 Miles Mead (Australia)             4.02.23
5 Glen Haden (New Zealand)           4.12.38
6 Michael Kearton (Australia)        4.13.82
7 Scott Sharples (Australia)         4.18.06
8 Jarah Breese (Australia)           4.22.13
9 James Baron (New Zealand)          4.32.29
10 Tim Mackersy (New Zealand)        4.48.35
11 Antony Rottura (Australia)        5.12.66
12 Sean Richardson (Australia)       5.17.45
Elite Female
1 Jenna Makgill (New Zealand)        6.05.11
Junior Men
1 Amiel Cavalier (Australia)         3.57.64
2 Ayden Eves (Australia)             4.01.68
3 ChristopherPanozzzo (Australia)    4.02.75
4 Liam Panozzo (Australia)           4.07.22
5 Samuel Blenkinsop (New Zealand)    4.11.83
6 Samuel Hocken (Australia)          4.13.62
7 Darren Pokoj (Australia)           4.16.38
8 Cameron Cole (New Zealand)         4.23.48
9 Wynn Masters (New Zealand)         4.28.05
10 Keiran Bennett (New Zealand)      4.30.96
11 David Scandrett (New Zealand)     4.35.09
12 Zachary Williams (New Zealand)    4.38.29
13 Joel Daniels (New Zealand)        4.43.79
14 Antony Jackson (New Zealand)      4.51.41
15 Tim Eaton (Australia)             4.51.82