Fellows and O'Shea win eliminator

Several favorites battle mechanicals

Andrew Fellows and Katherine O'Shea led the elite ranks in the 2013 Subaru All Mountain Cup National Series after day one's eliminator race at Mount Buller, Victoria.

O'Shea clinched the win in the women's group over Jaclyn Schapel and 17-Year-old Holly Harris.

"I really enjoyed the eliminator format," O'Shea said. "It suits my power and my style of racing. I got a new bike today, and I think it made the difference.

"It was hard enough getting through to the final because I was racing against Peta Mullens, who has been going so well on the road, and Nathalie Schneitter, who has won World Cups before.

"In the final, I knew I needed a really good start and I got that. Jaclyn was on my wheel the whole time and she really challenged me so it was a great race," O'Shea said.

O'Shea admitted that having the lead in the general classification would be tough to hold onto heading into stage 2's Olympic cross country.

"It's great to have a lead heading after the eliminator. Jenni King is performing really well in the cross country format, and I will be looking out for her tomorrow," O'Shea said of the AMC defending champion.

"I have been practicing a lot on the descents so I am hoping that will come into play tomorrow," the 33-year-old said.

Men

In the men's event, Fellows suffered a mechanical in the eliminator final to finish with silver, yet the Queenslander managed to claim the overall lead after finishing highest ranked against his elite competitors.

However it was 17-year-old Ben Bradley who took it to the senior riders to claim victory in the stage over Fellows and Tristan Ward.

A three-time junior national champion, Bradley led the race from start to finish and said his experience racing in Europe had helped him with the format.

"I got a good jump off the gun which I had done for all my heats, I knew if I could get first off the line then I'd be pretty safe to get the win," the defending under 19 national champion said.

"Once you got to the first corner there was no passing, it was so fast that no one could get by," Bradley described.

With race heavyweights Sid Taberlay, Chris Jongewaard and Andrew Blair all suffering mechanicals in the heats, the door was left open for Bradley to take the win and top spot in the under 19 age category general classification.

"There were time bonus' up for grabs in the eliminator so it gives me a little bit of an advantage heading into the cross country tomorrow which everybody wants to win. It's a big confidence boost to be leading on the overall GC," Bradley said.

The short but exciting course consisted of gravel, pavement, road, hills, sweeping bends and stair descents and centred in Mount Buller's village square allowing riders to test and showcase their skills for the spectators.

The "eliminator" category has proven popular on the world stage and was introduced into the 2013 Australian National Series as a result.

Full Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andrew Fellows  
2Nicholas Morgan  
3Nick Both  
4Sid Taberlay  
5Andrew Blair  
6Luke Fetch  
7Michael Illing  
8Jarrod Quinn  
9Jack Haig  
10Chris Jongewaard  
11Shaun Lewis  
12Adrian Jackson  
13Mark Tupalski  
14Sam Chancellor  
DNSAndrew Arthur  
DNSScott Needham  
DNSJoel Tracksdorf  
Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katherine O'Shea  
2Jaclyn Schapel  
3Lindsay Gorrell  
4Peta Mullens  
5Nathalie Schneitter  
6Jenni King  
7Tory Thomas  
8Therese Rhodes  
9Melissa Anset  
DNSKatie Chancellor  
U23 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Benjamin Forbes  
2Sebastian Jayne  
3Brendan Johnston  
4Jason Lowndes  
5Alexander Meyland  
6Tom Goddard  
7Brendan Adair  
8Harry Herne  
9Billy Sewell  
10Russell Nankervis  
11Zack Agius  
12Ben Comfort  
13Michael Crosbie  
14Jack Steele  
15Lachlan Bakewell  
16Rodger Pogson-Manning  
DNSCameron Ivory  
DNSTane Crosby  
DNSTorren Lamont  
DNSCasper Oxlee  
DNSTravis Parkley-Simpson  
U19 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ben Bradley  
2Tristan Ward  
3Felix Smalley  
4Tasman Nankervis  
5Jack Lavis  
6Scott Bowden  
7Chris Hamilton  
8Mitchell Greenway  
9Jordan Butler  
10David Bleakley  
11Hamish Prosser  
12Jack Jude  
13Simon Harrington  
14Ethan Kelly  
15Dean Madden  
16Cameron Prosser  
17Jack Gardner  
18Alexander Yallouris  
19Samuel Barnden  
20Josh Abbey  
DNSMalte Adebahr  
DNSAusten Hawkins  
U19 women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Holly Harris  
2Emily Parkes  
3Ella Scanlan-Bloor  
4Karlee Gibson  
5Sophie Weston  
U17 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luke Brame  
2Foley Lachal  
3Liam Jeffries  
4Ben Walkerden  
5Guy Frail  
6Callum Carson  
7Michael Potter  
8Dylan McKenna  
9Tom Green  
10Jet Turner  
11Oliver Armstrong  
12Jack Booth  
13Joshua Sullivan  
14Declan Prosser  
15Mitchell Dosser  
16Ben Read  
DNSAlex Lack  
U15 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kian Lerch-Mackinnon  
2Charlie Brodie  
3Cameron Wright  
4Matthew Dinham  
5Jasper Albrecht  
6Josh Battye  
7Joseph Simpson  
8Oliver Gibson  
9Tristan Miller  
10Piper Albrecht  
11Callum Inglis  
U15 women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sally Potter  
2Zoe Cuthbert  
Veteran men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jarrod Moroni  
2Lucas Sproson  
3Brad Clarke  
4Andrew Low  
5Damien Enderby  
DNSGlen Cunial  
DNSTim Ferres  
Veteran women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Philippa Rostrum  
Masters women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Justine Leahy  
2Jennifer Enderby  
Super masters men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Martin Keir  
2Craig Peacock  
3Simon Ronalds  
DNSDavid Danks  
DNSPaul Darvodelsky  
Super masters women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sharon Prutton  
Ultra masters men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Myles Higgins  
DNSNicholas Bird  
Expert men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Greg Doerksen  
2Gregory Manttan  
3Gregory Ellis  
DNSMark Raymond  
DNSDaniel Van Der Ploeg  
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