Rowena Fry and Samuel Gaze won the Oceania eliminator championships in Australia on Easter Sunday.
Tasmania's Rowena Fry claimed a home state victory, the Launceston-born competitor taking the Oceania championship title in the open women's cross country eliminator in Glenorchy.
The win was an Easter delight for Fry, who placed second in Saturday's cross country behind Olympian Karen Hanlen (New Zealand).
"I haven't had a win in a long time, I'm really happy to come away with an Oceania eliminator title," said Fry, who last year podiumed in the format in a World Cup.
Fry clinched the victory from under 19 riders Holly Harris and Emily Parkes.
Parkes seeded fastest and led from the gun in the final, before falling on a rough corner allowing Fry to capitalise.
"Em Parkes has been starting really well which is really impressive and again she was super quick off the line," Fry said.
"We came into one of the corners and it is quite gravelly and she slid out on it and I narrowly avoided being taken out too - I managed to get around her and re-start and Holly was on my wheel by then but I managed to pull away which was great," Fry said.
In the men's race, New Zealand's Samuel Gaze made it two-from-two winning the eliminator after he was victorious in Saturday's under 19's cross country.
Gaze came from behind to notch steal the win from Australia's Nicholas Morgan and Tristan Ward.
"I am pretty surprised and chuffed at the same time," Gaze said. "It's great to come from winning yesterday in the cross country to winning an elite title, it's awesome."
Under 19 Australian National champion Ben Bradley snapped his chain during the race, causing him to crash and allowing Gaze to make his way through the field.
"Off the gun, I slipped and didn't get my pedal in until halfway down the straight, but I still managed to get into third place early in the race.
"It was hard to keep myself calm while everything was going on. I was about to attack when the other two riders made a mistake so I thought I better go now and I managed to hold them off until the finish which was good.
"Ben Bradley was the highest ranked U19 rider in the world last year - it's quite a good boost for me heading into the European season," Gaze said.
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team|
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team|
Latest on Cyclingnews
Bahrain step up sponsor hunt with McLaren likely to leave WorldTourBahrain team will continue as crown prince keeps squad alive
Astana abandon Virtual Tour de France due to technical difficultiesUnreliable internet connection at men's altitude training camp in Spain forces decision, explains Kazakh team
Evenepoel recons key stages of October's Giro d'ItaliaBelgian takes closer look at Valdobbiadene time trial and Piancavallo summit finish
Tacey overcomes broken knee to win two stages of the Virtual Tour de FranceDrops rider hopes to race La Course in 2021
Thank you for signing up to Cycling News. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.