Taberlay wins first short track title

Photo finish decides close race

Sid Taberlay won his first short track national title in Adelaide on Sunday. His victory came after an intriguing tactical battle with Lachlan Norris continually attacking in an effort to break the spirits of pre-race favourite Daniel McConnell and the ever present Taberlay.

Norris wasn't able to shake his rivals and at three laps to go he, McConnell and Taberlay along with Ben Henderson and Joshua Carlson formed a group of five all in contention for the win.

The 29-year-old Taberlay used his vast experience by waiting patiently until the final lap to launch his bid for victory. McConnell marked the move and the two were shoulder-to-shoulder up the finishing straight with the Tasmanian getting the gold medal in a photo finish while the bronze medal went to Henderson.

"I was just hoping I had something left coming out of that bottom corner. I saw Dan throw his bike to the line, and I didn't think he got ahead of me but you just have to wait patiently for the photo finish to confirm it," Taberlay said of the tight finish.

"Throughout the race I was just trying to be smart because I was suffering out there all day. It's early season and I don't quite have the horsepower needed so I was trying to suck wheels and stay in the game up until the last couple of laps so I had the best shot at it."

"After a little bit of an ordinary day yesterday it was good to live back up to expectations and deliver."

On the back of his three cross country titles (2002, 2004, 2006) this was Taberlay's first victory in the short track.

In the Under 19 men's race South Australia's Mitchell Codner won ahead of Ryan Standish and Mathew Waghorn.

Full Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sid Taberlay  
2Daniel McConnell  
3Ben Henderson (Crowne Plaza Canberra,Onya Bike )  
4Lachlan Norris  
5Joshua Carlson (Total Rush Factory Specialised)  
6Matthew Fleming (Clarence St Cyclery, Shimano)  
7Daniel Braunsteins (Drapc Porsche)  
8Neil Van Der Ploeg  
9Luke Fetch  
10Shaun Lewis  
11Aaron Benson (Cannondale, For The Riders)  
12Mark Tupalski  
13Nick Both  
14Brenton Jones  
15Dylan Cooper (Trek Concepts.com.au )  
16Matthew Potter  
17Adrian Jackson (Merida Flight Centre MTB Team)  
18Jack Lamshed  
19Andrew Blair (Redshift Racing, KOM )  
20Cal Britten  
21Steele Von Hoff  
22Garry Millburn (City Bike Depot, Biggride.com)  
23Paul Van der Ploeg (Felt Bicycles, SRAM Components)  
24James Kennedy  
25Matt Ligtermoet (Rush Racing Specialized Sram)  
26James Williamson (Giant)  
27James Maebus  
28Scott Liston (Felt, SRAM, Pinacle Cycles)  
DNSMark Flood  
Under 19 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mitchell Codner  
2Ryan Standish (Ultimate Ride Bike Shop)  
3Mathew Waghorn  
4Michael Baker  
5Rowan Brown  
6Cameron Ivory  
7Jeremy Scott  
8Sean Moloney  
9Michael Crosbie  
10Robbie Rhodes  
11Jacob Langham  
12Josh Sek  
13Alistair Donohoe  
14Mitchell Vanetie  
15Taylor Charlton (HGR,SIS,Harcourts, Race Elements)  
16Alistair Crameri  
17Unknown  
18David Wilson  
19Jarryd Jones  
20Thomas Phillips  
21Richard Braithwaite  
22Alasdair Henderson  
DNSRyan MacAnally (River City Cycles)  
DNSJames Hanus  
DNSTristan Ward (Travel Edge)  
DNSJosh Russell-gibbs  
DNSKyle Ward (Spearman Cycles, ZannoX Cyling Apparel)  
Sport men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1James Downing (Lonsdale St Cyclery Canberra)  
2Lachlan McVey  
3Reece Tucknott  
4Julien Wicks  
5William Murphy  
6Darren Smith  
7Roger Cull  
DNSMerlin Spranz (B.-d. Farm Paris Creek Bio-Mechanics)  
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