World Champion Buchanan dominates women's four cross

Madill takes third men's championship

In the rainbow jersey of world champion, Caroline Buchanan claimed her fifth Australian four cross title at the Australian Mountain Bike Championships at Eagle MTB Park in Adelaide on Friday. Luke Madill took the men's event.

It was the first outing in the rainbow jersey of world champion for the 19-year-old Buchanan. Starting as the outright favourite, she coped well with the pressure putting in an almost flawless ride.

The women's race was only ever a race of two as Sarsha Huntington challenged Buchanan through the first two berms as they rubbed shoulders fighting for the lead, but the multiple-Australian champion eventually got the better of the battle. Emily Hockey claimed the bronze medal in front of her home crowd.

"I wasn't too sure what was going to happen in that first corner. It got pretty close in the first turn and I was ready for some carnage," Buchanan said. "I knew that Sarsha would be close and it's great that she pushes me all the time.

"Being my first mountain bike race since worlds I was feeling a little bit rough in areas but I wear the rainbow jersey with pride and I had an absolute ball with it out there today. I was just as nervous for this race as I was for the world titles.

"This [Australian] title feels just as good as the first one."

In addition to being the first outing for Buchanan's rainbow jersey, it was the debut for the new four cross course at Eagle MTB Park that the current four cross world champion rated as world class.

"With four cross it's important to get the lines equal so there's not one fast line from top to bottom and they've done that here," Buchanan said.

"It's on a really good slope. They've made it really technical and it will make for really even racing."

In the men's race Luke Madill took his third Australian title after going through the quarter final and semi-final comfortably, but got pushed to the line in the race for gold by Randal Huntington who made it a husband and wife combination in the silver medal position. The bronze medal went to Graeme Mudd.

"Having that strong first straight helped me a lot and got me out of trouble in the final," Madill said. "But it's still hard and you never know who's behind you because with this track there's lots of different lines so anything can happen.

"Once you get to the final experience really counts. But having the younger ones push us is good."

On Saturday, elite cross country racers will go for green and gold jersey.

Full results

Elite men's 1/16 finals, heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luke Madill  
2Craig Yates  
3Ben Matthews  
Elite men's 1/16 finals, heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Thomas Hubert  
2Ryan Hunt  
3James Shepherd  
4Ngari Jenkins  
Elite men's 1/16 finals, heat 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michael Fenwick  
2Michael Young  
3Andrew Brett  
Elite men's 1/16 finals, heat 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Randal Huntington  
2Darren Kirby  
3Ryan Chesney  
Elite men's 1/16 finals, heat 5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Leigh Darrell  
2Richard Levinson  
3Luke McCkenzie  
Elite men's 1/16 finals, heat 6
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michael Jobson  
2Hayden Lester  
3Philip Wood  
4Diego Alvaro  
Elite men's 1/16 finals, heat 7
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Graeme Mudd  
2Ashley Gray  
3Sean Fitzpatrick  
Elite men's 1/16 finals, heat 8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1David Habicht  
3Blake Nielsen  
2Jacob Reeves  
4Kirby Watts  
Elite men's quarter finals, heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luke Madill  
3Ryan Hunt  
2Thomas Hubert  
4Craig Yates  
Elite men's quarter finals, heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michael Fenwick  
2Randal Huntington  
3Darren Kirby  
4Michael Young  
Elite men's quarter finals, heat 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Leigh Darrell  
2Hayden Lester  
3Michael Jobson  
4Richard Levinson  
Elite men's quarter finals, heat 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1David Habicht  
2Graeme Mudd  
3Jacob Reeves  
4Ashley Gray  
Elite men's semi-final, heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luke Madill  
2Randal Huntington  
3Thomas Hubert  
4Michael Fenwick  
Elite men's semi-final, heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1David Habicht  
2Graeme Mudd  
3Leigh Darrell  
4Hayden Lester  
Elite men's final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luke Madill  
2Randal Huntington  
3Graeme Mudd  
4David Habicht  
5Leigh Darrell  
6Thomas Hubert  
7Michael Fenwick  
8Hayden Lester  
Elite women semi-finals, heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sarsha Huntington  
2Charise Atkinson  
3Kate Hoskin  
Elite women semi-finals heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Caroline Buchanan  
2Emily Hockey  
3Bec Kirss  
Elite women finals
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Caroline Buchanan  
2Sarsha Huntington  
3Emily Hockey  
DNFCharise Atkinson  
Under 17 women finals
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Maya Sidhu  
2Loren Vanetie  
3Ellie Wale  
4Danielle Beecroft  
Veteran men finals
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Daniel Sprague  
2Jade McPherson  
3Tom Gilfedder  
4Raymond Ross  
Under 15 men finals
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Timothy Kmetyk  
2Jackson Davis  
3Simon Harrington  
4George Hickman  
Under 17 men semi-finals, heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Max Hughes  
2Luke Ellison  
3Tom Rodgers  
4Henry Blake  
Under 17 men semi-finals, heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Connor Fearon  
2Cameron Ryan  
3Conor Bullard  
DNFAidan Vahtrik  
Under 17 men finals
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Connor Fearon  
2Cameron Ryan  
3Luke Ellison  
4Max Hughes  
Sport men semi-finals, heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Arjan Sidhu  
2Drew Stipanicev  
3Stephen Knott  
Sport men semi-finals, heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Will Hickman  
2Andrew Nilbett  
3Cale Anderson  
4Kieran Thompson  

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