Backing up their victories in Hobart, Newcastle's Rick Boyer and Maffra's Leonie Picton were again too strong in the elite downhill competition at round two of the 2010-2011 Jayco Australian Mountain Bike Series in Mt Baw Baw on Sunday.
Meanwhile, reigning junior world champion Troy Brosnan recovered from a horrible seeding run yesterday to narrowly take out the under 19 men's competition in a lightning quick time of 3:09.24.
After breaking through for his first win in over 10 years of competition last month, Boyer again found himself at the top of the podium after an impressive run that saw him stop the clock at 3:13.08.
The 29-year-old finished two seconds ahead of fastest qualifier Rhys Atkinson (3:15.18) who eventually took out second position. Canberra's Tim Eaton (3:16.00) was third.
Coming off a run which "couldn't have gone any better", Boyer struggled to put his finger on his sudden string of success.
"I really don't know why this season has been so successful. I haven't done that much different preparation-wise, I just think it is finally all coming together," Boyer said.
"I think that the confidence has started to play a little bit into it. To know that I could definitely make it onto the top step and that it was just a matter of doing it again.
"I am stoked to shave so much time of my qualifying performance. The track has got faster all weekend, it was really wet on Friday, yesterday was a bit slippery but faster and today it has the perfect amount of moisture to give you the most amount of traction."
Benefiting from the home track, Picton (3:46.09) was too good in the elite women's competition finishing over eight seconds ahead of Canberra's Julia Boer (3:54.87) and New South Wales' Genieve McKew (4:00.75).
The back-to-back victory in front of friends and family was as good as it gets for the 25-year-old.
"The track is really great, not too technical just flat out. After it rained yesterday, it was nice and dry this morning and it was great to see everyone getting some faster times," Picton said.
"Even though I have a home town advantage here, it is quite a sweet win with two in a row to start the season.
"Last year I had a few fifth and sixth finishes and quite a few crashes so I spent the off season training really hard, on the bike almost every weekend, got into the gym and it is paying off.
"Going into Tassie I was unsure of where I would be at, I was hoping all of the hard work would have paid off and so far so good."
Qualifying over four seconds slower than South Australia's Connor Fearon (3:09.49) in seeding yesterday, Brosnan showed his international class in the final of the men's under 19 competition, slicing over 12 seconds off his qualifying time to take out his second win for the season.
Fearon pushed the world champion right to the line, his gallant effort just 0.25 seconds slower than Brosnan for second place. Queensland's Brandon Yrttiaho rounded up the minor placings in a time of 3:12.52 with all three boys clocking faster times than the elite men's field.
Disappointed with his performance in yesterday's seeding run, Brosnan was pleased to recover and keep his 2011 campaign on track.
"In my qualifying I just wasn't focused enough, didn't really attack it and just sat down a bit. Looking back on it, it was probably the worst seeding I have ever had but I learned from my mistakes and put it all into my run today," Brosnan said.
"The course was a lot drier today. There was not many puddles so I didn't have to wear tear-offs.
"I knew it was going to be hard sprinting at the top, and I left it all out there as I motored through the technical sections of the course. I didn't really have too much left for the bottom section but I gave it everything I had and only just got there."
In other results, New South Wales' Thomas Crimmins took out the under-17 male division in 3:22.95 whilst brother Andrew Crimmins (3:35.84, under-15 male), Sam Brownlie (3:41.35, expert male), Andy Murnane (3:57.49, master male) and Karl Peel (3:28.44, veteran male) also posted victories.
The Australian Mountain Bike Series continues when the nation's best downhill riders join cross country and short track riders at Mt Buller from Friday, February 4 to Sunday, February 6.
|1||Rick Boyer (OGIO/GoPro/ODI/Orange/Pinstripe/SRAM)||0:03:13.08|
|2||Rhys Atkinson (World Trail/Specialized)||0:03:15.18|
|3||Tim Eaton (Onyabike Belconnen/Marzocchi)||0:03:16.00|
|8||Kaine Cannan (Bike Ride/Track X Clothing)||0:03:20.19|
|11||Aaron Bashford (Onya Bike Belconnen)||0:03:22.61|
|12||Kirby Watts (Midland cycles)||0:03:22.71|
|13||Ezra Bartholdt (Bicycle Centre Cairns)||0:03:23.18|
|18||Ben Goff (Santacruz Bike/Drift Bike Shop)||0:03:25.36|
|20||Charlton Durie (Phantom Cycles/ambion.com.au)||0:03:26.14|
|24||Daniel Lavis (Giant Bikes/Spearmans Cycles/Maxxis||0:03:28.48|
|26||Jeremy Powell (Onya bike Civic & Belconnon)||0:03:28.91|
|27||Clint White (Kona/SRAM/Rock Shox/Adidas)||0:03:29.78|
|29||Jacob Hunter (Tripp Industries)||0:03:30.30|
|30||Nathan Murphy (GU Energy All4Bikes MTBPicsOnline.com)||0:03:31.71|
|31||Jesse Beare (berratas bike hub)||0:03:32.00|
|33||Michael Illing (bikeology)||0:03:32.68|
|34||Ricky Lee (Monza Imports/Turner Bikes/Fox Clothing)||0:03:34.28|
|35||Blake Nielsen (apply here)||0:03:34.67|
|36||Matt Swann (YVC/Norco)||0:03:35.55|
|39||Ben Morrison (Trek Australia/Rock Star Energy/SRAM)||0:03:39.48|
|43||Chris O'Brien (Bicycle Recycle)||0:03:41.64|
|45||Ian Jones (Edge Cycleworks Cairns)||0:03:45.21|
|46||Nick King (MC*Racing/Mallard Cycles/iTrain)||0:03:45.71|
|47||Michael Bienvenu (Yarra Valley Cycles)||0:03:53.22|
|49||Kye Hore (Urcchque clothing/smx optiocs/epic vetiro)||0:04:10.12|
|1||Leonie Picton (Yarra Valley Cycles)||0:03:46.09|
|4||Julie Berry (Bikeology/Corsair Bikes and Bushwacker)||0:04:09.72|
|5||Holly Baarspul (Kona Bicycles/Mavic/Pedros)||0:04:13.93|
|6||Sarah Booth (Kona/Adidas Eyewear)||0:04:24.71|
|1||Troy Brosnan (Monster Energy/Specialized)||0:03:09.24|
|2||Connor Fearon (Kona Factory Team)||0:03:09.49|
|3||Brandon Yrttiaho (Giant Australia/fortheriders.com)||0:03:12.52|
|4||Joe Vejvoda (Redass/Revolution Pro Transition Bike)||0:03:20.03|
|5||Henry Blake (Norco Bikes/Mitcham Cycles)||0:03:22.41|
|6||Jai Motherwell (Yarra Valley Cycles)||0:03:23.09|
|7||Ben Power (Banshee Bikes NS Dynamics.com.au)||0:03:23.30|
|9||Jake Newell (the edge cycles)||0:03:25.01|
|10||Daniel Bender (Insane Cycles Steelmx/SMX Optics)||0:03:26.53|
|12||David McMillan (OnyaBike Civic)||0:03:27.62|
|14||Phillip Piazza (Fox/Tekin Suspension/Schwalbe)||0:03:28.87|
|15||James Kelly (Torquay cycling factory)||0:03:29.71|
|16||James Green (Downhill Direct/Imperial/Anxious Mother)||0:03:30.47|
|17||Nicolas Bohle (The Bike Shed Mortdale)||0:03:31.63|
|18||Angus McCarthy (OnyaBike Belconnen and Civic)||0:03:31.97|
|20||Flinders Johnston (Cyclingo)||0:03:33.58|
|21||Spencer Morris (Mallards Cycles/HRain)||0:03:33.94|
|25||Andrew Meagher (Croydon Cycleworks)||0:03:36.61|
|26||Elijah Marinov (Bike Edge [ Wodonga ])||0:03:36.84|
|27||Adam Flower (None)||0:03:37.18|
|28||Jackson Crowe (Fearless cycles/Solid bikes)||0:03:37.64|
|29||Conor Bullard (Bilt Bikes)||0:03:38.50|
|30||Stephen Matthews (Bike Ride/Track X Clothing)||0:03:39.64|
|33||Max Nielsen (Adelaide hills cycles Mt barker)||0:03:45.78|
|35||Josh Mitchell (Wheel King)||0:03:48.82|
|36||Ryan Connell (CycleLogic/Rotec Cycles)||0:03:49.29|
|39||David Manton (Spearman Cycles)||0:03:53.86|
|DNF||Angus Jackson (Bike Barn Scott Goggles)|
|1||Andrew Crimmins (Rouler Imports/The Sacred Ride)||0:03:35.84|
|2||Joel Willis (Insane Cycles Santa Cruz)||0:03:47.15|
|5||Jackson Frew (Lennock Motors/Commencal/High Roller)||0:04:09.82|
|1||Thomas Crimmins (Rouler Imports/The Sacred Ride)||0:03:22.95|
|3||Brent Smith (TWE Wheelsets / Knolly Bikes / Endeavour)||0:03:30.73|
|4||Lachlan McLaren (Banshee Bikes/Edge Cycles)||0:03:32.22|
|5||Brent Capel (ulverstone bikes)||0:03:34.70|
|6||Liam Towers (Spearman Cycles Giant Utopia Optics)||0:03:37.29|
|7||Matthew McCorkell (Cycle City)||0:03:40.10|
|9||Wade Budden (Drift Bikes)||0:03:43.79|
|16||Darcy Reynolds (Bike Culture ACT)||0:04:00.71|
|17||Stephen Johnson (Bicycle Recycle)||0:04:00.83|
|DNS||Tom Gibson (VertigoMTB Sprung)|
|DNS||Eddie Powell (Onya bike Civic & Belconnen)|
|1||Tegan Molloy (South East MTB co/SERAS)||0:04:31.10|
|1||Sam Brownlie (My Mountain)||0:03:41.35|
|6||Brad Ahern (Thredbo/South East MTB)||0:03:49.73|
|8||Andrew Kirk (Mallard Cycles Racing)||0:03:53.55|
|12||Ben Bloomfield (Mallard Cycles Racing)||0:04:10.68|
|1||Karl Peel (Tekin Suspension)||0:03:28.44|
|9||Shane Duno (Me/Mallard Cycles TCD)||0:04:24.94|
|10||Ben Reynolds (Streamline Cycles)||0:04:27.80|
|11||Justin Armstrong (Kona Grass Roots)||0:05:19.40|
|1||Scott Mynard (Mallard cycles)||0:04:01.14|
|3||Brad Giles (Mallard cycles)||0:04:21.91|
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