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Elite Australians set sights on Olympics

Chris Jongewaard getting air

Chris Jongewaard getting air (Image credit: Evan Jeffery / evanjeffery.blogspot.com)

Australia's elite cross country racers have their sights set on the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. One male and one female racer will make the final selection to the Olympic team, but in the meantime, four riders have been named to the shadow team.

To date, the men's shadow team members include Dan McConnell, Sid Taberlay and Chris Jongewaard. All three will head to the Oceania Championships March 13-16 in Nelson, New Zealand, before going overseas to compete in the World Cups and World Championships.

Dellys Starr is the only female shadow team member so far, however the following women will also race the Oceania Championships and several of the World Cups: Rowena Fry, Katherine O'Shea, Tory Thomas, Kate Potter, Zoe King and Terri Rhodes.

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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.