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Jongewaard survives flat and protest for cross country title

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Chris Jongewaard on his way to winning the 2011 Australian Cross Country National Championship.

Chris Jongewaard on his way to winning the 2011 Australian Cross Country National Championship.
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Under 23 racer Paul Van Der Ploeg (Felt Bicycles) and Shaun Lewis

Under 23 racer Paul Van Der Ploeg (Felt Bicycles) and Shaun Lewis
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Andrew Blair (Swell Redshift MTB Team)

Andrew Blair (Swell Redshift MTB Team)
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Elite men's cross country podium at the Australian national championship

Elite men's cross country podium at the Australian national championship
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Elite men's cross country podium

Elite men's cross country podium
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Eventual fourth place finisher Andrew Blair (Swell Redshift MTB Team)

Eventual fourth place finisher Andrew Blair (Swell Redshift MTB Team)
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Ben Henderson (Torq/Anytime Fitness) racing after an early tangle with eventual winner Chris Jongewaard.

Ben Henderson (Torq/Anytime Fitness) racing after an early tangle with eventual winner Chris Jongewaard.
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Chris Jongewaard rides to victory

Chris Jongewaard rides to victory
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Elite men's winner Chris Jongewaard (Merida Flight Centre)

Elite men's winner Chris Jongewaard (Merida Flight Centre)
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Aiden Lefmann rides to a bronze medal

Aiden Lefmann rides to a bronze medal
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Shaun Lewis races to a top five finish.

Shaun Lewis races to a top five finish.
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Lachlan Norris would finish second.

Lachlan Norris would finish second.
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Jarrod Rando

Jarrod Rando
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Paul Van Der Ploeg (Felt Bicycles) on his way to claiming the Under 23 Australian national cross country title

Paul Van Der Ploeg (Felt Bicycles) on his way to claiming the Under 23 Australian national cross country title
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An under 23 cross country racer

An under 23 cross country racer
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Luke Fetch (Search2Retain - Felt) on his way to second in the U23 race.

Luke Fetch (Search2Retain - Felt) on his way to second in the U23 race.
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3rd place getter Aiden Lefmann happy to cross the line.

3rd place getter Aiden Lefmann happy to cross the line.
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Chris Jongerwaard talks to media before the start of the Mens Elite XC.

Chris Jongerwaard talks to media before the start of the Mens Elite XC.
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Sid Taberlay keeps cool and hydrated before the start.

Sid Taberlay keeps cool and hydrated before the start.
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Cool, clam and collected Chris Jongerwaard.

Cool, clam and collected Chris Jongerwaard.
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Hydrating in the heat is lachlan Norris.

Hydrating in the heat is lachlan Norris.
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Jongerwaard eases past rivals on the first climb.

Jongerwaard eases past rivals on the first climb.
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Eventual 3rd place getter in U23 males is Trenton Day

Eventual 3rd place getter in U23 males is Trenton Day
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Paul Van Der Ploeg round the switchbacks on his way to victory in the U23 Mens.

Paul Van Der Ploeg round the switchbacks on his way to victory in the U23 Mens.
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Jongerwaard smashing the top section and putting time into everyone

Jongerwaard smashing the top section and putting time into everyone
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Norris chasing down Jongerwaard

Norris chasing down Jongerwaard
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Winner of U23 Mens XC Paul Van Der Ploeg

Winner of U23 Mens XC Paul Van Der Ploeg
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Heat exhausted after the race, Van Der Ploeg

Heat exhausted after the race, Van Der Ploeg
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U23 Mens XC 2nd place getter Luke Fetch

U23 Mens XC 2nd place getter Luke Fetch
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Trenton Day finshes strong in 3rd for Mens U23 XC

Trenton Day finshes strong in 3rd for Mens U23 XC
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Jongerwaard even after a flat tyre shows why he is the Elite Mens National Champion.

Jongerwaard even after a flat tyre shows why he is the Elite Mens National Champion.
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A pumped Jongerwaard crosses for 1st place in the Elite Mens XC

A pumped Jongerwaard crosses for 1st place in the Elite Mens XC
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So close, an exhausted Lachlan Norris finishes in 2nd in the Elite Mens XC

So close, an exhausted Lachlan Norris finishes in 2nd in the Elite Mens XC
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Jongerwaard and Norris exchange after the finish

Jongerwaard and Norris exchange after the finish
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Current national series leader Chris Jongewaard survived a flat tyre and a rider protest to win his fifth national cross country championship at the 2011 Australian Mountain Bike Championships in Adelaide on Friday.

And in the elite women's event, a surprise upset saw an emotional Katherine O'Shea take a huge step up to claim her first national title.

Off to a flying start, Jongewaard posted a 30-second lead on the rest of the field after just one lap, doubling his lead by the second. He hit trouble on the next lap with the 32-year-old suffering a flat tyre which pushed him back to third in the field.

After a similar mishap at the Mt Buller national series event earlier this month, Jongewaard showed his dominance of Australian cross country racing, recovering for the second time this season to take out the event in one hour, 43 minutes and 20 seconds.

In a second hiccup for the hometown hero, Jongewaard faced a rider protest at the conclusion of the event after a clash with eighth placed Ben Henderson from Canberra on the first lap.

UCI commissaries upheld the protest, hitting Jongewaard with a fine and 30-second penalty to take the South Australian to an official time of 1:43:50, but it was not enough to relegate him from the gold medal position. Victoria's Lachlan Norris (1:44:01) finished 10 seconds behind Jongewaard after the time penalty whilst Queensland's Aiden Lefmann (1:48:59) rounded up the minor placings.

After a turbulent two years, Jongewaard was pleased to be back in the Australian champion jersey just two months after his return to elite mountain bike competition.

"It hasn't quite sunk in. Honestly, I thought there was one more lap," a surprised Jongewaard said.

"It was pretty hot out there today and things went wrong. My rear tyre went flat, and I had some problems at the start and I just tried to block it out.

"Having a year off in the prime of your career is never a good thing for any athlete but it's how you deal with the situation and try to make it a positive return.

"For me, I owe it to a lot of people who have got me through the tough times. I owe this race and my career to them. It's been a pretty rocky road but I am enjoying my return and enjoying the sport so hopefully it's not too late to salvage something."

In other results, Paul Van Der Ploeg (1:34:34) took out the men's under 23 race.

The 2011 Australian Mountain Bike Championships will wrap up on Saturday with the cross country short track and downhill competitions. Cross country champion Chris Jongewaard will return to the track for the men's short track whilst Tasmanian Rowena Fry will also return in the women's event. Queensland's Michael Hannah will start as the fastest qualifier for the elite men's downhill whilst world under 19 champion Troy Brosnan has some work to do after seeding third behind fellow South Australian Connor Fearon. West Australian Holly Baarspul is the fastest Australian qualifier in the elite women's event, behind Canadian Clare Buchar.

Full Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chris Jongewaard1:43:51
2Lachlan Norris0:00:10
3Aiden Lefmann0:05:08
4Andrew Blair (Swell Redshift MTB Team)0:06:02
5Shaun Lewis0:06:59
6Adrian Jackson0:07:56
7Scott Liston (Search2Retain - Felt)0:08:16
8Ben Henderson (Torq/Anytime Fitness)0:08:55
9Daniel McConnell0:11:35
10Garry Millburn (Cannondale)0:11:36
11Nick Both (Swell-Redshift Racing)0:12:14
-1lapNeil Van Der Ploeg (Search2Retain - Felt)
-2lapsGlenn Stewart (Cannondale)
-2lapsSid Taberlay (Kenda / H20 Overdrive)
-2lapsBen Hogarth
-2lapsCal Britten (Search2Retain - Felt)
-2lapsNicholas Morgan (Ride Bellerive)
-3lapsAndrew Burford
-3lapsJack Lamshed (Search2Retain)
-3lapsJohn Groves (Apollo Bikes )
-4lapsGeofrey Schilg
-4lapsMatthew Fleming (Clarence St Cyclery)
-4lapsFucile Giuseppe
-5lapsJarrod Rando
DNFKevin Harnett
DNFBen Mather (Rapid Cycling)
DNFChad Gossert
DNFJoshua Carlson (Rockstar Racing)
DNFShane Spicer
DNFPeter Hatton
DNSAndrew Fellows (AYup lights)
DNSGrant Lebbink

Under 23 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Paul Van Der Ploeg (Felt Bicycles)1:34:35
2Luke Fetch (Search2Retain - Felt)0:00:20
3Trenton Day (Scott Bikes)0:02:31
4Charlton Durie (Phantom Cycles)0:03:42
5Kyle Ward (Avanti Bike's)0:04:28
6Merlin Spranz0:04:36
7Cameron Ivory0:05:46
8Travis Frisby0:05:47
9Brendan Johnston0:10:23
10Josh Prentice0:10:30
-1lapDylan Wallis
-1lapLewis Rattray (St Kilda Cycles)
-1lapDeclan Kilkenny
-2lapsLucas Pitt
-3lapsMitchell Codner (Rotor / FRS Magura)
DNFMichael Crosbie
DNFJarrad Burrell

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