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Oceania Mountain Bike Continental Championships 2012

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March 9-11, 2012

March 11, Eliminator:

Taberlay takes eliminator title

Cycling News
March 12, 2012, 15:49 GMT,
March 12, 2012, 15:50 GMT

Quin returns to racing with victory

The 2012 Oceania Mountain Bike Championships finished Sunday with the downhill and cross country eliminator races in the Whakarewarewa Forest in Rotorua. Weather was very changeable, with just enough rain falling on and off all day to keep competitors guessing and gambling with the variable conditions. Competition was tough, and the strong international presence was felt again today in both feature races.

Evergreen Sid Taberlay (Australia) won the men's eliminator event ahead of the best New Zealanders on a very tough circuit in the knock-out format race - on a course that rewarded a good dose of nerve on the downhill section, and a strong pair of legs and a tolerance to sprinting burn on the uphill. Taberlay was beaten for outright honours by Switzerland's Patrick Luthi, who was ineligible for the title by virtue of having Swiss residency.

Tauranga's Vanessa Quin, the 2004 Downhill World Champion, made a successful return to mountain bike racing with a win in the women's race, and loved every second of the experience. Quin revelled in the dirt racing atmosphere and clearly enjoyed herself with this new dirt criterium style event, and expressed a strong desire to chase some more events in a sport that saw her international career span several years through the late 90s through to 2006.

Full Results

Elite men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Sid Taberlay (Australia)    
2 Brad Hudson (New Zealand)    
3 Mathew Waghorn (New Zealand)    
4 Harley Going (New Zealand)    
5 Sam Gaze (New Zealand)    
6 Elliot Pearce (New Zealand)    
7 Nick Millar (New Zealand)    
8 Sam Shaw (New Zealand)    
9 Mike Northcott (New Zealand)    
10 Aaron Perry (New Zealand)    
11 Jack Haig (Australia)    
12 Carl Jones (New Zealand)    
13 Lester Perry (New Zealand)    
14 Brett Stockman (New Zealand)    
15 Ryan Hunt (New Zealand)    
16 Simon Blanchett (New Zealand)    
17 Lewis Eccles (New Zealand)    
Elite women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Vanessa Quin (New Zealand)    
2 Raewyn Morrison (New Zealand)    
3 Katherine O'Shea (Australia)    
4 Melissa Newell (New Zealand)    
5 Katie O'Neill (New Zealand)    
6 Sarah Beadle (New Zealand)    
7 Kim McVicker (New Zealand)    
8 Isla Weir (New Zealand)    
9 Debra Dowland (New Zealand)    
10 Claire Barrattwood (New Zealand)    
11 Monessa Hartin (Guam)    
12 Philly Angus (New Zealand)