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Fry repeats as national cross country champ

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The front row of the women's field before the fun started

The front row of the women's field before the fun started
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Rowena Fry, with the head down, gives it her all.

Rowena Fry, with the head down, gives it her all.
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Heather Logie is one of the hot performers in this year's series.

Heather Logie is one of the hot performers in this year's series.
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Jo Wall on her way to fourth in Adelaide

Jo Wall on her way to fourth in Adelaide
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Rebecca Henderson flying to an Under 23 national title

Rebecca Henderson flying to an Under 23 national title
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The women's podium before things got messy

The women's podium before things got messy
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The view from above the race village

The view from above the race village
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The four cross track stands idle after Friday's racing.

The four cross track stands idle after Friday's racing.
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The women's start was cleaner than the men's without any falls.

The women's start was cleaner than the men's without any falls.
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Rowena Fry, with Heather Logie hot on her heels, in the early laps

Rowena Fry, with Heather Logie hot on her heels, in the early laps
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Jodie Willett surprised herself with a podium finish

Jodie Willett surprised herself with a podium finish
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Rowena Fry on her way to winning the Australian cross country national championship

Rowena Fry on her way to winning the Australian cross country national championship
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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

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 Barnes
DNFPeta Mullens*
DNFShelly Flood*
DNFNicole Keily
DNFFiona Macdermid
DNFTory Thomas

Under 19 women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amy Austin1:33:19

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