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Australian National MTB Series - Ironhorse Open Mountain Cross #5 - NE

Thredbo, Australia, December 16, 2005


Double Celebrations for Graves in Thredbo

By Sharon Payne

Jared Graves celebrated his 23rd birthday and a win in his first Mountain Cross race in Australia at Thredbo on Friday night. The Toowoomba rider won the final just beating ex-World BMX Champion, Wade Bootes from the Gold Coast. The two had last raced at the World Championships in Italy in September where Graves won the silver medal and Bootes finished tenth.

Graves won in straight heats and chose the inside track to keep Wade Bootes, his closest rival, on his outside. "They didn't know who to give lane choice to because we'd both won all our rounds," said Graves. "We did paper, scissors, rock and I won that so. I chose Lane 2." The decision paid off for Graves. "I knew Wade and I would be pretty similar to the first corner, so for me it was pretty important to be on his inside," he added.

The Toowoomba rider had just recovered from a training injury just in time to make the trip down to Thredbo.

Bootes, 34 now bows out of Mountain Cross riding to focus his attention on gaining selection in the Australian BMX Olympic squad to race in Beijing in 2008. "I'll start focusing on the Olympics. It's going to be tough getting on the team," stated Bootes.

Third was Shane Wode from Brisbane.

The favourite to win was National Series Leader, Jared Rando from Canberra crashed in the first turn of the semi-finals with Luke Strom.

The new style of track design got the approval of the World Class riders. International track designer, Glen Jacobs has created a unique mountain cross track that allows for closer and more exciting racing.


Elite Men 
1 Jared Graves
2 Wade Bootes
3 Shane Wode
4 David Inabinet
5 Christopher Panozzo
5 Luke Strom
7 Amiel Cavalier
7 Jared Rando
9 Cole Bangert
9 Dennis Beare
9 Brock Newling
9 Adam Smithson
13 Nick Mitas
13 Ricky Boyer
13 Wyn Masters
13 Daniel Galea
17 Liam Panozzo
18 Joel Panozzo
19 Scott Graham
20 Lincoln Verass
21 Terrence Scarr
22 Adam Dossetor
23 Brendan Wood
24 Scott Rodding
25 Darren Pokoj
26 Tim Dickens
27 Mitchell Ramm
28 Luke Parry
Sport Men 
1 Randal Huntington
2 Landon Stroud
3 Ryan Murphy
4 Nathan Couzin
5 Eden Humphries
5 Craig Penglase
7 Bruce Watman
7 Daniel Allen
9 Chris Herron
9 Dylan Wolsky
9 Chris Ash
9 James Collins
13 Sergio Lavermicocca
13 Chris Southwood
13 Trevor Burke
13 Andrew Smith
17 Brett Minion
18 Ross Wilkinson
19 Linden Bieijie
20 Jamie Rogers
21 David Hudson
22 James Harris
23 Fraser Lindsay
24 Jarrod Walters
25 Drew Hamilton
26 Troy Rowell
27 Leigh Wood
28 Justin Armstrong
29 Jarrod Byrne
30 Peter Lucas
31 Leonard Allen
32 Adam Evans
33 David Clarke
34 David Casey
35 Cameron Ord
36 Dave Andrews

Junior Men 

1 Ashley Grundy
2 Ben Carlos
3 Thomas Markus
4 Tom Patton
5 Hamish Armstrong
5 Chris Whitelock
7 Jonathon Cook
7 James Maltman
9 Cameron Allonby
9 Cody Eichhorn
9 Dale Grixti
9 Jordan Kopetko
13 Oscar Lapstun
13 Martin Groweg
13 Daniel Lavis
13 Mitch Forbes
17 Andrew Karas
18 Jarred Tatum
19 Jasper Ludwig
20 Jack Swann
21 Tomas Smith
22 Seaton Humphreys
23 Thomas Marshall
24 Brendan Jones
25 Ben Wilson
26 Kyle Ward
27 Drew Ivison
28 Chris Leaper

1 Emma McNaughton
2 Claire Whiteman
3 Caroline Buchanan
4 Melissa Hamilton
5 Sarsha McGowan
5 Amanda Paterson
7 Siobhan Jones
7 Tina Jones