English claims fourth consecutive Australian 24-hour solo title

World champion Jason English (NSW) took his fourth consecutive Australian 24-Hour Solo Mountain Bike Championship in Canberra today with a confident ride to record his second win in just seven days after securing a victory at the Australian Mountain Bike Marathon Championship in Queensland last weekend.

There was a surprise upset in the women's event, with Victoria's Joanne Wall defeating 2010 world champion Jess Douglas. Douglas later announced her plans to retire from 24-hour competition.

David Ludenia (NSW) laid down the early challenge in the open men's event and stayed with English for the first grueling nine hours before taking a narrow lead. In the second half of the race, the two were back together before English rode away and maintained a one lap lead to the end. Ludenia fell away allowing Stuart Brown (VIC) to move up into second position.

Stamping his authority on the top level of the podium once again, English said the win was a relief.

"Relieving is the way to describe it and I'm glad it's over. I'm pretty happy with winning green and gold jerseys two weekends in a row," English said.

"After the fast start and how much training I should be doing - in some ways I felt underdone."

"I felt he was pushing it too hard and maybe he would learn his mistake. I looked at my heart rate, and I kept doing my own thing. I was hoping that David's heart rate was a little higher."

"The pass didn't happen until night-time, a little gap formed and I used the opportunity to put a little pace on. I'd tested him a few times earlier and he started to slow down on the climbs so I used it to capitalize and he didn't come chasing this time."

"There's no rest from here, I'm off to the Dirtworks 100km race next weekend in New South Wales."

Up and coming endurance rider Wall put in a strong performance in the women's event to overcome exhaustion and a rugged Stromlo Forest Park track in what was her first 24-hour race.

Douglas led the field by up to 10 minutes for the first half of the ride until Wall turned it around significantly increasing the pace. By the 13-hour mark Wall sped past Douglas and maintained her speed while Douglas fell away and later crashed out of the event.

Wall stretched to a three-lap lead and pedaled to victory.

When asked about the win, Wall said she felt "elated, surprised, stoked and shattered at the same time".

Full Results

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Open men (categories)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jason English (Male 30-34)38laps
2Stuart Brown (Male 35-39)38Row 1 - Cell 3
3Edward McDonald SS (Male 18-24)38Row 2 - Cell 3
4Ashley Hayat (Male 30-34)37Row 3 - Cell 3
5Brett Bellchambers SS (Male 35-39)37Row 4 - Cell 3
6Andrew Hall (Male 30-34)35Row 5 - Cell 3
7Jason Quigley (Male 35-39)35Row 6 - Cell 3
8Jason McAvoy (Male 40-44)34Row 7 - Cell 3
9David Ludenia (Male 18-24)33Row 8 - Cell 3
10Deon Revet SS (Male 40-44)33Row 9 - Cell 3
11David Rae (Male 30-34)32Row 10 - Cell 3
12Garry James (Male 50-59)32Row 11 - Cell 3
13James Lamb (Male 25-29)31Row 12 - Cell 3
14Warrick Hancock (Male 30-34)31Row 13 - Cell 3
15David Coyles (Male 30-34)31Row 14 - Cell 3
16Joel McFarlane-Roberts SS (Male 25-29)30Row 15 - Cell 3
17Roger Dudziak (Male 35-39)30Row 16 - Cell 3
18Phillip Haughton (Male 25-29)29Row 17 - Cell 3
19Tony Rowley (Male 45-49)29Row 18 - Cell 3
20Scott Chancellor (Male 18-24)28Row 19 - Cell 3
21Robbie Verity (Male 25-29)28Row 20 - Cell 3
22Dan Marges SS (Male 35-39)28Row 21 - Cell 3
23Andrew Chamberlain (Male 40-44)27Row 22 - Cell 3
24Neil Dall (Male 50-59)27Row 23 - Cell 3
25David Milne SS (Male 45-49)26Row 24 - Cell 3
26James Eldridge SS (Male 50-59)26Row 25 - Cell 3
27Ivan Chan (Male 40-44)25Row 26 - Cell 3
28Chris St Jack (Male 18-24)25Row 27 - Cell 3
29Simon Easy (Male 30-34)25Row 28 - Cell 3
30Richard Ferris (Male 40-44)23Row 29 - Cell 3
31Chris Millman (Male 40-44)23Row 30 - Cell 3
32Peter Young SS (Male 30-34)21Row 31 - Cell 3
33Andrew Clark (Male 18-24)19Row 32 - Cell 3
34Stan Hancock SS (Male 30-34)18Row 33 - Cell 3
35Angus Campbell (Male 40-44)17Row 34 - Cell 3
36Jason Harrod (Male 18-24)15Row 35 - Cell 3
37Christopher Copeland (Male 50-59)13Row 36 - Cell 3
38Adrian Jones (Male 35-39)11Row 37 - Cell 3
39Colin Littleton (Male 50-59)10Row 38 - Cell 3
DNFArran Pearson (Male 35-39)Row 39 - Cell 2 Row 39 - Cell 3
DNFJeff Rooney (Male 40-44)Row 40 - Cell 2 Row 40 - Cell 3
DNFMark Fenner (Male 40-44)Row 41 - Cell 2 Row 41 - Cell 3
DNFDavid Speering SS (Male 35-39)Row 42 - Cell 2 Row 42 - Cell 3
DNFShaun Timberlake (Male 30-34)Row 43 - Cell 2 Row 43 - Cell 3
DNFGrant Harmer (Male 25-29)Row 44 - Cell 2 Row 44 - Cell 3
DNFScott Walker (Male 40-44)Row 45 - Cell 2 Row 45 - Cell 3
DNFKevin Wells (Male 35-39)Row 46 - Cell 2 Row 46 - Cell 3
DNFSam Chancellor (Male 25-29)Row 47 - Cell 2 Row 47 - Cell 3
DNFAndrew Beddie (Male 35-39)Row 48 - Cell 2 Row 48 - Cell 3
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Open women (categories)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jo Wall (Female 30-34)32laps
2Anne Antrecht (Female 25-29)30Row 1 - Cell 3
3Breony Webb (Female 18-24)28Row 2 - Cell 3
4Diane Perry (Female 45-49)27Row 3 - Cell 3
5Claire Stevens (Female 35-39)27Row 4 - Cell 3
6Mel Behrens (Female 35-39)25Row 5 - Cell 3
7Laura Marshall (Female 35-39)25Row 6 - Cell 3
8Erin Zimmer SS (Female 25-29)25Row 7 - Cell 3
9Katie Chancellor (Female 25-29)23Row 8 - Cell 3
10Bethany Thompson (Female 25-29)23Row 9 - Cell 3
11Phoebe Donovan (Female 35-39)23Row 10 - Cell 3
12Wendy Stevenson (Female 45-49)22Row 11 - Cell 3
13Rebecca Parkes SS (Female 35-39)18Row 12 - Cell 3
14Roz Edmunds (Female 60+)16Row 13 - Cell 3
15Merryl King (Female 40-44)16Row 14 - Cell 3
16Kris Nicholls SS (Female 40-44)8Row 15 - Cell 3
DNFJessica Douglas (Female 35-39)Row 16 - Cell 2 Row 16 - Cell 3
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Open men 6+6
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Alex Ramsey (Singlespeed)19laps
2Richard Peil18Row 1 - Cell 3
3Harry Herne18Row 2 - Cell 3
4Clayton Locke18Row 3 - Cell 3
5James Ross15Row 4 - Cell 3
6Joshua Higson14Row 5 - Cell 3
7Taylor Charlton12Row 6 - Cell 3
8David Feeney12Row 7 - Cell 3
9Timothy Stubenrauch7Row 8 - Cell 3
DNFPeter MerrickRow 9 - Cell 2 Row 9 - Cell 3
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Open women 6+6
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Amanda Sanderson11laps

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