Chengyuan takes third Chinese title

Chinese star mountain biker looks to worlds

For the third time in a row, Ren Chengyuan (Orbea Jiangsu) won the Chinese National Championships. She finished well ahead of her compatriots.

"I'm very happy to have won," said Chengyuan after finishing second in the sixth and final race of the championship series. "It was very tricky race, but I gave it everything I had. I can't wait to go and celebrate it with my team. We've had a fantastic season."

The Orbea Jiangsu biker won all five previous races in the series, but conceded the final one to fellow Orbea racer Liu Ying. Chengyuan's season so far has been a good one. In addition to winning the World Cup in Offenburg, she finished third at the World Cup in Houffalize, Belgium.

"I love Offenburg and Houffalize," she said. "They're both spectaculars circuits where you can really feel the fans get behind you. I was lucky enough to win at Offenburg and get on the podium at Houffalize."

The Asian rider will get her next chance to excel internationally at the World Championships in Canberra, Australia in early September.

"The World Championships is a truly wonderful competition," she said. "I'll be going all out in Australia."

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