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English wins fifth consecutive 24-hour Australian solo title

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Smith earns women's title while French woman Guillot wins overall

Jason English and Liz Smith were crowned Australian 24-hour solo mountain bike national champions after an enthralling weekend of endurance mountain bike action at Majura in the ACT.

English, the three-time and reigning 24-hour world champion secured his fifth consecutive national title against a high quality field. With barely a pause in the 24 hours, English's inimitable combination of speed and consistency paid off again.

After riding with a lead pack from the start, he slowly gapped the competitive field in the tenth hour. English was ecstatic with his result, riding 418 kilometres in the 24 hours.

"I've already achieved more than I ever thought possible. That said, I've trained and given myself the best chance, and four in a row was already massive," said English.

"It was a tough race, based on my preparation for the world championships in Italy and looking at the high-quality field assembled I was prepared that I could quite likely lose coming in. I decided that I wouldn't be disappointed if that happened, but that said, it's an awesome feeling to win".

With his undefeated run in 24-hour solo mountain bike racing now extending to almost four years, English has every right to be confident heading overseas to defend his title in Italy.

"I really wanted to go over as the Australian Champion; wearing the green and gold jersey. I've got six weeks to get everything sorted, and the goal is to win again".

Ed McDonald placed second outright and in the process won his 23-29 age category. In third place was under 23 rider Mark Tupalski, who also took out the U23 category on the way to the overall podium.

Liz Smith was crowned the women's 24-hour solo national champion after a race-long battle with Bec Parkes. With the two riders separated by only five seconds with two hours to go, Smith was finally able to take a lead that would seal the win.

The win is Smith's first national championship. "It feels fantastic. This was the first time at an endurance mountain bike race where I've had to race to-and-fro right to the end. I'm aiming now to race the worlds in Canberra next year," said Smith.

Mimi Guillot of France won the women's race outright racing as an international. With the lead group of three women grouped together overnight, Guillot rode away from daybreak to a convincing outright win. Guillot is a member of the Thule Adventure Team, the 2011 Adventure Racing World Champions.

The Canberra Off-Road Cyclists Club hosted the event for the seventh time. The event was sanctioned by Mountain Bike Australia as the national championships for the last five years. Over 100 riders enjoyed the singletrack at Majura and riders qualified for the 2012 WEMBO World Solo 24-Hour Championships to be held in Finale Ligure, Italy in May.

The next Mountain Bike Australia national-level event is the MTBA Marathon Championships, an event that will be also hosted by the Canberra Off-Road Cyclists Club at Stromlo Forest Park on June 10.

Canberra will also host the WEMBO 24-hour World Solo Championships in 2013.

Full Results

Men open
# Rider Name (Country) Team Laps
1 Jason English (30-34) 38   laps
2 Edward McDonald (23-29) 37  
3 Mark Tupalski (U23 ) 37  
4 Andrew Hall (30-34) 33  
5 Brett Bellchambers SS (35-39) 32  
6 Deon Revet SS (40-44) 31  
7 Thule-Trailmix (Jacky Boisset) (30-34) 30  
8 Nathan Versey (30-34) 29  
9 David Speering SS (35-39) 29  
10 Garry James (50-54) 28  
11 Project 63 (Phil Welch) (40-44) 28  
12 Tony Rowley (45-49) 28  
13 David Coyles SS (30-34) 27  
14 Chris Millman (40-44) 27  
15 Scott Walker (45-49) 25  
16 Stuart Brown (35-39) 25  
17 Chris Schofield (35-39) 25  
18 Matthew Nash (40-44) 25  
19 James Eldridge (50-54) 25  
20 Chris Becvarik SS (40-44) 24  
21 Andrew Kingston SS (30-34) 24  
22 Andrew Clark (U23 ) 23  
23 Corey Werfel (40-44) 23  
24 Justin Frith (23-29) 22  
25 Phil White SS (35-39) 22  
26 Project 63 (Ivan Chan) (40-44) 21  
27 Rod Gisik (35-39) 20  
28 Cameron Dalton (30-34) 20  
29 Peter Selkrig (50-54) 20  
30 Stephen Evans (50-54) 20  
31 Robert Davis (30-34) 19  
32 Geoff Moon (50-54) 19  
33 Kieran Laughton (35-39) 19  
34 Jason Shepheard SS (40-44) 19  
35 Angus Mckay (30-34) 18  
36 Ben Hallowell SS (30-34) 18  
37 James Ross (U23 ) 18  
38 Steve Eggleton (45-49) 18  
39 Jason Harrod (23-29) 16  
40 Nathan Schubert (30-34) 13  
41 Joel McFarlane-Roberts SS (23-29) 10  
42 Timothy Stubenrauch (35-39) 9  
DNF Anytime Fitness/Trek (Richard Peil SS) (45-49) 18  
DNF Sydney Eco-Cabs (Sam Warmington SS) (35-39) 18  
DNF Neil Dall (50-54) 17  
DNF Clayton Locke (40-44) 15  
DNF Sam Chancellor (23-29) 14  
DNF Shane Taylor (30-34) 14  
DNF Phillip Banks SS (30-34) 14  
DNF Michael Norman (40-44) 14  
DNF Aaron Thomson (35-39) 14  
DNF Mark Astley (35-39) 14  
DNF Scott Chancellor (23-29) 13  
DNF Matt Hand (30-34) 12  
DNF Michael Sutinen (35-39) 11  
DNF Arran Pearson (40-44) 10  
DNF Alistair Gribble SS (23-29) 10  
DNF Matt Dening (45-49) 9  
DNF Martin Handley (35-39) 6  
Women open
# Rider Name (Country) Team Laps
1 Thule - Trailmix (Mimi Guillot) (30-34) 29   laps
2 Liz Smith (30-34) 29  
3 Felicity Wardlaw (35-39) 29  
4 Bec Parkes SS (35-39) 28  
5 Libby Adamson (40-44) 26  
6 Prita Jobling-Baker (30-34) 24  
7 Wendy Stevenson (45-49) 22  
8 Gwynn Le Maitre (30-34) 19  
9 Ronja Hill-Wright SS (U23) 11  
DNF Bethany Thompson (23-29) 8  
Open men 6+6
# Rider Name (Country) Team Laps
1 Jon Odams 19   laps
2 Jason McAvoy 18  
3 Darren Groves 18  
4 Alex Ramsey 17  
5 Madison Giles 17  
6 James Mason 14  
7 Michael Dunbar 14  
8 Andrew Chamberlain 14  
9 Joshua Higson 14  
10 Anytime Fitness/Trek (Harry Herne) 13  
11 Tim Christie 13  
12 Craig Iverach 13  
13 Clinton Leong 13  
14 Hagen Ganahl 13  
15 Grantley Butterfield 13  
16 Sean Baker 12  
17 Marko Sibila 12  
18 Fil Giles 10  
DNF Anytime Fitness/Trek (John Henderson) 7  
DNF Martin Wisata 7  
DNF Alexander Austin 7  
DNF Geoff Pollard 4  
Open women 6+6
# Rider Name (Country) Team Laps
1 Kath Bicknell 16   laps
2 Anne Symes 16  
3 Merryl King 15  
4 Sophie Clement 14  
5 Rachel Jacka 13  
6 Belinda Chamberlain 12