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Henderson and McConnell win cross country in Bright

2012 London Olympians and Trek Factory Racing teammates Rebecca Henderson and Daniel McConnell have claimed dominant victories in the Olympic cross country in Bright, the final round of the Subaru All Mountain Cup Australian national series.


Henderson contested the five lap, 6.2km course with ease and finished almost two minutes ahead of second placed Jenni King (Target Trek) and nearly three minutes in front of Tory Thomas.

The result matches Friday night's eliminator win and brings the Canberran closer to claiming her first national series title.

A victory in Sunday's point-to-point race will see Henderson leapfrog an absent Peta Mullens (Target Trek) in the overall Subaru All Mountain Cup rankings.

"If I could win the series that would be awesome," Henderson said. "Thredbo was the first time I'd won a national round so if I could take out the overall series this year that would be great."

The under 23 cross country national champion led from the gun and after the first lap, had a 40 second lead to a chasing King before Henderson broke away from the field to maintain a solid lead for the remaining four laps.

"I started really hard and Jen obviously went out hard as well, I didn't quite get as big of a lead as I would have liked in the first lap so I felt the pressure but as the race progressed - I could see I was getting a little bit further away," Henderson said.

"The steep climbing suited me really well so I was feeling good considering I have done a lot of travel and a lot of racing in the last few weeks. I'm happy to still have good legs and hold the form for the win," Henderson said of her arrival into Australia on Thursday after claiming the cross country win in the first round of the American national series.


McConnell also claimed the men's cross country round one US national series win in what was the pair's first race with Trek Factory Racing.

"Two weeks ago in the USA, that win was really special," McConnell said. "It was the first race with the Trek Factory team, and it was good to cement our spot in the team."

"It's good to get two wins back to back and Oceania's are in two weeks which are a really big goal for me."

On lap three, McConnell made his move from series leader Chris Jongewaard and Paul van der Ploeg, the attack resulting in the two-time Olympian clocking the fastest lap of the day.

McConnell quickly established a 30-second lead on the group before steadily extending his lead for the remaining laps.

The Victorian finished the race two minutes ahead of cross country national champion Chris Jongewaard (Jetblack/Lightsview) and a further three minutes to Paul van der Ploeg (Giant).

"I didn't want to leave it to chance this race so I went on the attack," McConnell said. "I felt pretty good on the climbs - I was able to get a gap and ride my own race and I felt really comfortable."

"It is a tough course, I was happy to be away but very conscious to keep the pace up and clock up some decent lap times," McConnell said.

Sunday's action will see the cross country point-to-point race concluding the Subaru All Mountain Cup series.

Full Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Daniel McConnell1:41:55
2Chris Jongewaard0:02:14
3Paul Van Der Ploeg0:03:05
4Luke Fetch0:04:47
5Mark Tupalski0:06:26
6Nick Both0:09:00
7Sid Taberlay0:09:39
8Trent Lowe0:09:45
9Michael Illing0:10:08
10Travis Frisby0:10:12
11Matthew Molan0:12:21

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rebecca Henderson1:42:09
2Jenni King0:01:52
3Tory Thomas0:02:51
4Katherine O'Shea0:07:20
5Melissa Anset0:12:46
6Therese Rhodes0:14:59
-1lapKatie Chancellor

U23 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michael Crosbie1:27:05
2Cameron Ivory0:00:30
3Ben Forbes0:04:55
4Alexander Meyland0:06:19
5Tom Goddard0:08:20
6Ben Comfort0:09:35
7Jason Loundes0:09:53
8Sebastian Jayne0:10:30
9Tane Crosby0:12:54
10Russell Nankervis0:13:44
11Travis Parkley-Simpson0:17:56
-1lapZack Agius
DNFTorren Lamont
DNSGregory Manttan

U19 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ben Bradley1:12:04
2Chris Hamilton0:00:50
3Tasman Nankervis0:01:19
4Felix Smalley0:03:08
5Reece Tucknott0:03:24
6Ethan Kelly0:05:18
7Mitchell Greenway0:07:13
8Cameron Prosser0:08:44
9Dean Madden0:11:41
10Jordan Butler0:11:51
11Josh Abbey0:15:03
12Jack Gardner0:16:56
13Hamish Prosser0:17:39
14Tristan Ward0:20:52
15Harry Irvine0:25:32
-1lapKane Thomas
DNFJack Lavis
DNSSimon Harrington
DNSDavid Bleakley
DNSJack Jude

U19 women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Emily Parkes1:07:11
2Holly Harris0:03:58

U17 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ellie Wale1:19:37

U17 women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ellie Wale1:19:37

U15 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kian Lerch-Mackinnon0:39:33
2Cameron Wight0:02:24
3Charlie Brodie0:03:38
4Josh Battye0:06:59
5Jasper Albrecht0:07:03
6Charlie Todd0:10:43
7Noah Zawertailo0:14:03
8Callum Inglis0:15:59
DNSRiley Horsman

U15 women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Zoe Cuthbert1:01:00
2Sally Potter0:06:54

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