Mountain bike cyclists of the year named in Australia

Katrina Miller

Katrina Miller (Image credit: Tour of Japan)

Sam Hill and Katrina Miller were named male and female Mountain Bike Cyclists of the Year. Hill produced a thrilling run at the World Championships to claim the gold medal in the elite downhill. He was consistent throughout the year picking up two World Cup wins in Great Britain and Austria to finish second overall in the World Cup Series. He won the US NORBA Series and finished the year as the number one ranked downhill rider in the world. Miller's final year of international competition saw her again challenging on the international stage. She won the 4X at the Mont St Anne World Cup in Canada and was second in both the German and Brazilian rounds to finish the World Cup series ranked fourth overall.

On the junior side, Daniel Braunsteins (male) and Tracey Hannah (female) took the honors. Braunsteins is the Australian Short Track Champion and was second in the cross country at the Australian Championships and Oceania Championships. At the World Titles in New Zealand he placed sixth. Hannah had an exceptional year in 2006. She was the series champion and won up two rounds in the elite division of the NORBA series and ended her season with a gold medal winning ride to be crowned Junior Women’s Downhill World Champion.

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