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Oceania Mountain Bike Championships & Australian Open - CC

Thredbo, NSW, Australia, March 23-25, 2007

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Race 5 - March 24: Elite Downhill Qualifying

Thredbo too cold for downhill seeding run

Weather conditions at Thredbo caused cancellations of the Downhill seeding run. UCI Chief Commisaire Derek McCarthy made the decision at 2.54 pm to cancel the ranking run for all the elite and Under 19 riders, with temperatures as low as 8.3 degrees and a wind chill factor or minus three.

"Already since we made the decision and since then it has already dropped one degree," said McCarthy. "The decision was made on safety with a cold front coming through and they are predicting snow."

By late afternoon the temperature plummeted to 2 degrees. Several elite riders had done practice runs in the rain but all agreed with the decision.

With fine conditions expected tomorrow the elite Olympic Cross Country will gets underway early withe the elite women followed by the elite men. The downhill race will be run now as a final run with the track expected to be slippery.