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McConnell and Hanlen crowned Oceania cross country champions

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U23 men's podium: Jack Haig (Aus), Anton Cooper (NZl), Dirk Peters (NZl)

U23 men's podium: Jack Haig (Aus), Anton Cooper (NZl), Dirk Peters (NZl)
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U15 rider Innes Ferrier

U15 rider Innes Ferrier
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Liam Jeffries

Liam Jeffries
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The start of the elite men's race at the Oceania cross country championships

The start of the elite men's race at the Oceania cross country championships
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The elite men are off

The elite men are off
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Jack Haig leads Anton Cooper and Dan McConnell

Jack Haig leads Anton Cooper and Dan McConnell
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Jack Haig leads Anton Cooper and Dan McConnell

Jack Haig leads Anton Cooper and Dan McConnell
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Anton Cooper leads Dan McConnell

Anton Cooper leads Dan McConnell
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Dan McConnell

Dan McConnell
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Dirk Peters in third in the U23s

Dirk Peters in third in the U23s
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Sid Taberlay in second in the elite men's race

Sid Taberlay in second in the elite men's race
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Luke Fetch in third in the elite race

Luke Fetch in third in the elite race
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Samuel Gaze leads the U19 men's race

Samuel Gaze leads the U19 men's race
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Ben Bradley in second in the U19 men's race

Ben Bradley in second in the U19 men's race
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Chris Hamilton leads fellower U19 rider Ben Oliver into the switchback before the final climb

Chris Hamilton leads fellower U19 rider Ben Oliver into the switchback before the final climb
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Ben Henderson back to racing after a long illness. He would finish 6th

Ben Henderson back to racing after a long illness. He would finish 6th
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Jack Haig just in front of Anton Cooper

Jack Haig just in front of Anton Cooper
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Anton Cooper put in some dominating accelerations on the last lap to overtake Jack Haig on the climb to the final feed zone

Anton Cooper put in some dominating accelerations on the last lap to overtake Jack Haig on the climb to the final feed zone
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Lead elite man Dan McConnell

Lead elite man Dan McConnell
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Dirk Peters in third in the U23 race

Dirk Peters in third in the U23 race
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Michael Crosbie in 4th in the U23 men's race

Michael Crosbie in 4th in the U23 men's race
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Ben Bradley

Ben Bradley
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U23 rider Brad Hudson

U23 rider Brad Hudson
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Jack Haig in second in the U23 race

Jack Haig in second in the U23 race
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Dan McConnell

Dan McConnell
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Dirk Peters

Dirk Peters
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U19 men podium: Ben Bradley (Aus), Sam Gaze (NZl), Ben Oliver (Aus)

U19 men podium: Ben Bradley (Aus), Sam Gaze (NZl), Ben Oliver (Aus)
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Harriet Beaven on her way to 2nd in the U19 women's race

Harriet Beaven on her way to 2nd in the U19 women's race
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U17 men's podium: Michael Potter, Liam Jeffries, Callum Carson

U17 men's podium: Michael Potter, Liam Jeffries, Callum Carson
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Lucas Sprosnan, first vet man

Lucas Sprosnan, first vet man
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The old event centre provided an area to see three separate cross country course sections

The old event centre provided an area to see three separate cross country course sections
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Tom Green leads Luke Brame

Tom Green leads Luke Brame
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Alex Lack leads Nathan Johnston

Alex Lack leads Nathan Johnston
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U17 rider Callum Carson

U17 rider Callum Carson
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U17 rider Michael Potter

U17 rider Michael Potter
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Greg Morgan leads the super masters

Greg Morgan leads the super masters
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Super Masters rider Glenn Hyland

Super Masters rider Glenn Hyland
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Masters rider Ray Hope

Masters rider Ray Hope
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U17 rider Callum Carson

U17 rider Callum Carson
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U17 rider Michael Potter

U17 rider Michael Potter
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U17 rider Liam Jeffries leads Nathan Johnston

U17 rider Liam Jeffries leads Nathan Johnston
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Elite men's podium: Sid Taberlay, Dan McConnell, Luke Fetch (all Australia)

Elite men's podium: Sid Taberlay, Dan McConnell, Luke Fetch (all Australia)
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Anton Cooper on his way to a win

Anton Cooper on his way to a win
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Amber Johnston (New Zealand)

Amber Johnston (New Zealand)
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U15 rider Ewan Ferrier

U15 rider Ewan Ferrier
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National veteran men's XC champ and series winner Lucas Sproson leads U19 rider Reece Tucknott in training

National veteran men's XC champ and series winner Lucas Sproson leads U19 rider Reece Tucknott in training
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Emily Parkes in training

Emily Parkes in training
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Some riders recover from training: Tristan Ward, Jack Haig, Ben Forbes, Emily Parkes

Some riders recover from training: Tristan Ward, Jack Haig, Ben Forbes, Emily Parkes
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The elite women's cross county start at the Oceania championships

The elite women's cross county start at the Oceania championships
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U19 women's winner Amber Johnston (New Zealand)

U19 women's winner Amber Johnston (New Zealand)
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U19 rider Holly Harris leads Emily Parkes and Samantha Hope

U19 rider Holly Harris leads Emily Parkes and Samantha Hope
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Rowena Fry in second in the elite women's race

Rowena Fry in second in the elite women's race
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Samara Sheppard in fifth among the elite women

Samara Sheppard in fifth among the elite women
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Harriet Beaven

Harriet Beaven
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Sarah Ions leads the U15 women

Sarah Ions leads the U15 women
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U23 rider Bec Henderson on her way to winning

U23 rider Bec Henderson on her way to winning
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Rowena Fry

Rowena Fry
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Tory Thomas

Tory Thomas
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Karen Hanlen on her way to winning the elite women's race

Karen Hanlen on her way to winning the elite women's race
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Amber Johnston

Amber Johnston
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Harriet Beaven

Harriet Beaven
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Samara Sheppard

Samara Sheppard
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Emily Parkes

Emily Parkes
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Karen Hanlen cruises toward a win

Karen Hanlen cruises toward a win
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Tory Thomas

Tory Thomas
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Jenni King rides in fourth in the elite women's race

Jenni King rides in fourth in the elite women's race
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Karen Hanlen wins the Oceania cross country champs for New Zealand

Karen Hanlen wins the Oceania cross country champs for New Zealand
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U19 women's podium: Harriet Beaven, Amber Johnston, Samantha Hope

U19 women's podium: Harriet Beaven, Amber Johnston, Samantha Hope
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U23 women's podium: Bec Henderson, who was leading the elite women's race by two minutes when she finished

U23 women's podium: Bec Henderson, who was leading the elite women's race by two minutes when she finished
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Elite women's podium: Rowena Fry, Karen Hanlen, Tory Thomas

Elite women's podium: Rowena Fry, Karen Hanlen, Tory Thomas
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2012 London Olympians Dan McConnell of Australia and Karen Hanlen of New Zealand were crowned the 2013 Oceania cross country champions in Glenorchy, Tasmania on Saturday.

Men

McConnell successfully defended his title in the elite men's category, beating challengers Sid Taberlay (Australia) and Luke Fetch (Australia) to the line.

"I have won this a few times," McConnell said of his third Oceania title. "It's a very good race to set up the season with a lot of UCI points on offer, it's really going to help me for the rest of the season in Europe," the Trek Factory rider said.

Tasmanian expat Taberlay, led the field for the first two laps, riding in a lead group of five including three under 23 competitors.

The inclusion of the under 23 riders Anton Cooper (New Zealand), Jack Haig (Australia) and Dirk Peters (New Zealand) to the lead group ensured a fast and furious pace, eventually getting the better of Taberlay who dropped back with three laps remaining.

McConnell, however, held the wheel of the under 19 junior world champion Cooper and Haig before the pair broke away to complete their final lap in what was clocked as the fastest lap time of the day.

That left the Victorian to ride tempo to the finish line one lap later to claim the Oceania title, over two and a half minutes ahead of Taberlay.

"There was a fair battle with the under 23 guys and there weren't too many elite men here today. The younger guys had one less lap so the pace was a lot faster than the elite guys.

"I just tried to stay out of their way and they set a good pace for me so I was able to use them to get a bit of gap on the rest of the elite field," McConnell said.

Women

In the elite women's race, Hanlen made up for a shaky start, racing from fifth position to first during the five-lap race.

"I had a really slow start," Hanlen said. "but I then managed to come back nice and strong on the third lap and kept coming back for the finish. I was really wrapped to get a win for an Oceania championship."

The mother of two took out the race ahead of Australia's Rowena Fry (Australia) and Jenni King (Australia).

Fry led the race from the gun with Hanlen hot on her heels, however after the first lap was completed, the New Zealander had slipped well down the field.

Hanlen spent the next two laps making up ground, catching Fry by the bell lap and consolidating her winning position to take a comfortable 45-second win.

"I have been having this happen in my national series and I know once I get through the second lap I kick in and seem to just get stronger and stronger," said Hanlen.

U23

In the under 23 racing, Rebecca Henderson (Australia) claimed the Oceania Championship title, the 21-year-old testing herself against the elite women, finishing a lap early with a sizable lead on the entire field.

In the men's race, Cooper made a decisive move mid-way through the final lap with Haig holding on for second, Peters third.

The action continues at Tolosa Park, Glenorchy on Easter Sunday when the downhill Oceania Champions will be crowned in all categories including elite men and women.

Full Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Daniel McConnell (Australia)1:29:07
2Sid Taberlay (Australia)0:02:40
3Luke Fetch (Australia)0:03:49
4Carl Jones (New Zealand)0:07:18
5Nick Morgan (Australia)0:10:33
6Ben Henderson (Australia)

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Karen Hanlen (New Zealand)1:30:34
2Rowena Fry (Australia)0:00:44
3Tory Thomas (Australia)0:00:46
4Jenni King (Australia)0:01:22
5Samara Sheppard (New Zealand)0:08:22
6Myra Moller (Cook Islands)0:10:27
7Edwina Hughes (Australia)0:18:26

U23 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anton Cooper (New Zealand)1:13:33
2Jack Haig (Australia)0:00:14
3Dirk Peters (New Zealand)0:02:05
4Michael Crosbie (Australia)0:04:08
5Ben Forbes (Australia)0:05:21
6Brad Hudson (New Zealand)0:07:20
7Samuel Shaw (New Zealand)0:08:20
8Alexander Meyland (Australia)0:08:52
9Tom Goddard (Australia)0:09:50
10Adrian Retief (New Zealand)0:11:11
11Ben Comfort (Australia)0:12:18
12Sebastian Jayne (Australia)0:15:57
13Josh Parkin (New Zealand)0:16:59
14Stephen Matthews (Australia)0:17:33
15Travis Parkley-Simpson (Australia)

U23 women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rebecca Henderson (Australia)1:10:45

Junior men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Samuel Gaze (New Zealand)1:00:54
2Ben Bradley (Australia)0:00:16
3Ben Oliver (New Zealand)0:00:41
4Chris Hamilton (Australia)0:01:07
5Reece Tucknott (Australia)0:03:31
6Scott Bowden (Australia)0:03:42
7Brett Stokman (New Zealand)0:04:45
8Felix Smalley (Australia)0:04:58
9Tasman Nankervis (Australia)0:05:12
10Ethan Kelly (Australia)0:05:38
11Mitchell Greenway (Australia)0:06:54
12Craig Oliver (New Zealand)0:07:30
13Cameron Prosser (Australia)0:07:54
14Tristan Ward (Australia)0:14:40
15Josh Abbey (Australia)0:16:39
16Jack Gardner (Australia)0:22:26
17James Goodsell (Australia)

Junior women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amber Johnston (New Zealand)0:55:33
2Harriet Beaven (New Zealand)0:00:46
3Samantha Hope (New Zealand)0:02:45
4Holly Harris (Australia)0:02:47
5Emily Parkes (Australia)

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