Fry repeats as national cross country champ

Tasmanian Rowena Fry made it back-to-back cross country titles at the Australian mountain bike national championships in Adelaide on Saturday. Fry started the races as a strong favorite and didn't disappoint.

The 27-year-old led from start to finish but didn't quite have it all her own way as she was challenged by Heather Logie up until the final lap.

Logie, who has recently come across from adventure racing to mountain biking, eventually faded and had to settle for second place with third going to the experienced Jenni King.

"It's bloody good," Fry said of her win. "I was really keen to win it this year. I love wearing the national jersey overseas, it means so much to me. I'm just rapt to be able to do it for another year."

"The European season doesn't start until March, so hopefully I can hold my form and build from here. I've still got a bit of work to do but everything's going in the right direction. It's really good for my confidence to be riding this well early in the season."

Despite her convincing win, Fry was quick to acknowledge Logie's silver medal performance. "She's a little ripper. She's got so much go in her, she's a great athlete," the two-time Australian champion Fry said.

"Once she gets her mountain bike skills up and gets a few more races in, she's really going to push us top girls and its going to be great for mountain biking in Australia."

After finishing seventh at the junior world championships last year, Rebecca Henderson made her first appearance at an Australian Championship in the Under 23 category and was a convincing winner ahead of local favourite Sarah Homes. Another South Australian, Therese Rhodes took the bronze medal.

Full Results

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Elite and Under 23 women (U23 women indicated with *)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rowena Fry1:30:27
2Heather Logie0:01:03
3Jenni King0:05:00
4Joanna Wall0:05:16
5Rebecca Henderson*0:05:47
6Jodie Willett0:06:33
7Katherine O'Shea0:07:13
8Sarah Holmes*0:08:07
9Therese Rhodes*0:09:16
10Kelly Bartlett0:12:09
11Jessica Douglas0:12:54
12Anna Beck0:14:10
13Jody Bush0:14:39
14Kylie Webb0:15:06
15Melinda Jackson0:16:23
16Meaghan Binder0:17:02
17Claire Graydon0:18:30
18Tiffany Cromwell*0:18:57
19Jaclyn Schapel0:19:03
-2lapsRosemary BarnesRow 19 - Cell 2
DNFPeta Mullens*Row 20 - Cell 2
DNFShelly Flood*Row 21 - Cell 2
DNFNicole KeilyRow 22 - Cell 2
DNFFiona MacdermidRow 23 - Cell 2
DNFTory ThomasRow 24 - Cell 2
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Under 19 women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amy Austin1:33:19

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