McConnell starts off Olympic year with victory

King dominates women's contest

Dan McConnell, an Olympian from Beijing in 2008, started off this Olympic year in outstanding form by winning the Australian All Mountain Cup Olympic distance cross country race at Mt Buller ahead of Paul Van Der Ploeg and Andrew Blair. In the elite women's race, Jenni King continued her outright dominance of the 2011-2012 season with a confident win over Rebecca Henderson and Jenny Fay.


McConnell was in seventh place for the first two laps, but moved through the field well. "I got off to a bit of a sluggish start, it was my first proper mountain bike race in a while, but I was able to pace it well," he said.

He also commented on the challenging Mt Buller course, "The course certainly took its toll on the field, it was a fatiguing course, climbs creep up on you, descents are hard on the upper body and you don't get much recovery, it made for a really tough race."

Second-placed and fellow Victorian Van Der Ploeg rode and worked well with McConnell at some key stages of the race. Van Der Ploeg helped make the key breakaway at the start of lap 4 from seasoned veteran Sid Taberlay.

The day marked the first race in the elite field for Van Der Ploeg after a stellar results in the U23 category. "It was pretty tough, a huge contrast to racing with the under 23 field, I liked being up there with the big boys," said Van Der Ploeg.

Blair, the season leader after Round 1 in Perth, talked about his third place. "I'm feeling really good, third places in the first two stages of the weekend and to be as close to Dan and Paul as I was, I'm pretty happy with my form."

Trenton Day won the U23 men's event.


Jenni King, who dominated the women's race, seemed to be untouchable as she rode to victory ahead of Rebecca Henderson and Jenny Fay.

"I've been training hard all year, so I'm pretty happy with the win," she said. "It was a rough and challenging course, but I enjoyed the descents, they were fun."

Second-placed Henderson has been racing both road and mountain bike with a busy schedule, and had just stepped up to the elite field. "Since the new year, the racing hasn't stopped, but I'm happy to go this well."

Late last year Henderson was named the Australian 2011 Female Mountain Biker of the year based on an impressive national and international season "I was surprised to get that award, but I worked hard overseas last year."

Jess Wigan won the women's U23 event.

Full Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Daniel McConnell (Aus) Anytime Fitness, Shimano, Fox, Adidas Eye1:38:17 
2Paul Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Felt Otztal, X-bionic, World Cup Team0:00:29 
3Andrew Blair (Aus) Swell Redshift MTB Team, Felt, FRM, SRAM0:02:08 
4Sid Taberlay (Aus) Kenda / H20 Overdrive0:03:53 
5Joshua Carlson (Aus) Australian Giant Factory team, ftptraining0:04:06 
6Adrian Jackson (Aus) Merida Flight Centre MTB Team0:05:18 
7Neil Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Search2Retain - Felt0:06:22 
8Matthew Fleming (Aus) Clarence St Cyclery, Shimano, Trek0:06:31 
9Peter Kutschera (Aus)0:08:55 
10Shaun Lewis (Aus)0:09:10 
11Chad Gossert (Aus)0:09:15 
12James Kennedy (Aus) Kalamunda Cycles0:09:48 
13Michael Vanos (Aus)0:10:16 
14Scott Liston (Aus) Search2Retain - Felt0:12:04 
15Nick Both (Aus) Swell-Redshift Racing0:12:45 
16Jarrod Hughes (Aus)0:14:10 
17Jarrad Burrell (Aus)0:14:25 
18Jack Lamshed (Aus) Felt Bicycles0:14:54 
19Ben Hogarth (Aus) Giant Exact MTB Team0:15:29 
20Michael Illing (Aus) Cycle Now,0:16:03 
21Grant Lebbink (Aus)0:16:49 
22Travis Frisby (Aus)0:19:08 
-1lapAnthony Shippard (Aus)  
-1lapMatthew Zagurski (Aus)  
-1lapEvan Jeffery (Aus)  
DNFAndrew Arthur (Aus) Endeavour Cycles  
DNSEric Conliffe (Aus)  
DNSDylan Cooper (Aus) Trek  
DNSJohn Groves (Aus) Apollo Bikes  
DNSOndrej Slezak (Aus) Bernard Beer  
DNSMurray Spink (Aus) Giant Bicycles  
Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jenni King (Aus) torq nutrition1:37:33 
2Rebecca Henderson (Aus) Anytime Fitness, Shimano, Trek, FOX0:02:08 
3Jenny Fay (Aus) Team Rockstar Racing0:02:47 
4Jodie Willett (Aus) For The Riders0:03:30 
5Peta Mullens (Aus) Team Merida Moronis Bikes Bendigo0:04:09 
6Tory Thomas (Aus) The Bicyle Superstore Albury0:08:16 
7Jessica Douglas (Aus) Torquay Cycling Factory/Giant Bikes0:13:06 
8Lindsay Gorrell (Aus)0:14:51 
9Kelly Bartlett (Aus)0:16:00 
10Felicity Wardlaw (Aus) only my partner0:18:03 
11Rosemary Barnes (Aus) Swell-Redshift0:23:32 
12Jaclyn Schapel (Aus) Giant Australia0:24:12 
-1lapSarah Holmes (Aus) Cycleworx Avantiplus  
DNFKatherine O'Shea (Aus) Torq Nutrition  
DNSTrudy Nicholas (Aus)  
Under 23 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jack Haig1:23:25 
2Trenton Day (Scott Bikes, Breakaway Cycles)0:00:18 
3Robbie Hucker0:03:11 
4Kyle Ward (Jet Racing, Specialized Bikes)0:05:27 
5Luke Fetch (Search2Retain - Felt)0:06:26 
6Alexander Meyland (Rock and Road Cycles/Giant Bicycles Aust)0:06:35 
7Robbie Rhodes0:07:24 
8Blake Polverino0:07:45 
9Tom Goddard0:10:39 
10Sebastian Jayne (Bikeminded)0:13:30 
-2lapsBen Marshall  
DNSMichael Crosbie  
DNSCameron Ivory  
DNSRowan Brown  
DNSJames Hanus (Scott Australia, Mitcham Cycle Centre, SASI)  
Under 23 women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jess Wigan (Sealy's Cycles)1:48:15 
Under 19 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Billy Sewell0:51:29 
2Ben Bradley0:00:31 
3Benjamin Forbes0:01:19 
4Ben Comfort0:01:24 
5Christopher Aitken0:01:38 
6Scott Bowden0:02:45 
7Chris Hamilton0:03:03 
8Jack Lavis0:03:49 
9Toby Stewart0:04:02 
10Tasman Nankervis0:04:04 
11Cameron Prosser0:05:47 
12Rodger Pogson-Manning0:05:50 
13Jason Lowndes0:06:56 
14Peter McKellar Stewart0:07:05 
15Harry Lindsay0:10:03 
16Joel Rogers0:10:21 
17Jordan Butler0:13:42 
-2lapsHarry Herne  
DNSMichael Hayashi  
Under 19 women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Holly Harris1:09:13 
2Emily Parkes0:00:10 
3Kyna Millan0:01:30 
4Karuna Henderson0:02:06 
DNFElla Scanlan-Bloor  
Under 15 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Liam Jeffries0:39:34 
2Declan Prosser0:14:30 
3Zale Ross-Willmore0:20:02 
Under 15 women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sarah Tucknott0:48:44 
2Gabrielle Millan0:34:57 
Under 17 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Reece Tucknott0:35:21 
2Simon Harrington0:00:35 
3Hamish Prosser0:01:39 
4Benjamin Green0:03:18 
5Jack Jude0:03:23 
6Mitchell Greenway0:04:06 
7Jayden Ward0:04:26 
8Dean Madden0:04:52 
9Ben Lack0:05:13 
10Roly Stewart0:05:43 
11Foley Lachal0:06:21 
12Jet Turner0:08:11 
13Tom Green0:10:43 
14Daniel Dowling0:13:44 
15Malte Adebahr0:17:22 
16Jack Gardner0:21:09 
DNFCallum Carson  
DNFJack Booth  
DNFJosh Abbey  
DNFStefan Cotroneo  
DNSDru Berryman  
Under 17 women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ellie Wale0:56:28 
Expert men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Landon Arthur0:59:49 
2Jan Francke0:02:10 
3Phillip Bardsley-Smith0:03:54 
4Gregory Ellis0:08:58 
5Tim Rowe0:21:31 
DNSShannon Rademaker  
Veteran men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jarrod Moroni0:56:34 
2Gavin Burland0:01:56 
3Damien Enderby0:02:21 
4Dion Blair0:05:06 
5Andrew Low0:07:09 
6Daniel Gossert0:16:08 
DNSCon Mavroudakis  
DNSTrevor Arnold  
Veteran women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rhianna Farrell1:16:14 
Master men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Fenner0:37:08 
2Damon Willmore0:00:01 
3Daniel Skerry0:00:25 
4Richard Peil0:02:08 
5David Harris0:04:43 
6Rob Davis0:08:37 
7Keith Hamilton0:22:28 
DNSMicheal Chance  
DNSAndrew Remely  
DNSMichael Chance  
Master women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
DNSSally Fenner  
Super master men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Craig Peacock0:38:33 
2John Henderson0:00:05 
3Kevin Jones0:02:38 
4Paul Verheijden0:07:50 
5John Harvey0:09:02 
6Nathan Carroll0:10:08 
7Keith McKellar Stewart0:10:40 
8Bruce Pain0:16:44 
DNSRoger Campbell  
DNSScott Carson  
DNSDavid Danks  
Super master women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Peggy Douglass0:55:43 
2Jenny Tucknott0:01:35 
Sport men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Daniel Van Der Ploeg0:43:11 
2Jason Head0:00:53 
3Lucas Sproson0:01:03 
DNFSteffan Vaivars  
DNSTim Bardsley - Smith  

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