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Photo Epic: Troy Brosnan and Tracey Hannah Win! Australian DH National Champs 2014

Mar 10, 2014
by Matt Wragg  
While most of us in the Northern Hemisphere are still in the grips of winter, it's race season on the other half of the world. This weekend saw the Australian DH National Champs in Bright, Victoria. Always a strong presence on the World Cup scene, Australia has given birth to some of the fastest racers the sport has ever seen. So if you want to get a good idea who is in form coming into the season, or which young riders might be worth keeping an eye on, then the Australian DH National Champs is one of the best places to do that...

Jared Graves Got Calves
  Jared Graves Got Calves?

Jared Graves got a second in xc and won the eliminator this weekend. Did i mention his calf game is ridiculous
  Jared Graves got a second in XC and won the eliminator this weekend. Did I mention his calf game is ridiculous?

Not a bad spot to chill with your buddies.
  Not a bad spot to chill with your buddies.

Connor Fearon rolls in for his final practice run.
  Connor Fearon rolls in for his final practice run.

SIC MIK dropping in over the beautiful Australian highlands. Hows the serenity.
  Sick Mik dropping in over the beautiful Australian highlands. How's the serenity?

The aussie Bilt bikes team had most of their riders out injured after practice but the ones left put on a show still. The hill from the start hut caught many out too. very deceiving how steep and fast it was into a tight rh blown out corner.
  The Aussie Bilt bikes team had most of their riders out injured after practice, but the ones left still put on a show. The hill from the start hut caught many out as well, and it was very deceiving just how steep and fast it was into the tight, right hand blown out corner.

Tracey dialling lines pre race run.
  Tracey dialing in lines pre-race run.

Will Rischbieth boosting were not many did Will has style.
  Will Rischebieth boosting where many did not - Will has style.

Danni Beecroft takes a break in final practice to admire the view and the circling paragliders.
  Danni Beecroft takes a break in final practice to admire the view and the circling paragliders.

Connor Fearons first run of the week on clips and his last practice run before finals. Confident.
  Connor Fearon's first run of the week on clips and his last practice run before finals. Confident.

When Troy came past me here on his final practice run i knew he was hungry. Quickest through this section by a long way.
  When Troy came past me here on his final practice run I knew he was hungry. Quickest through this section by a long way.

Traceys final practice run was smooth as silk. Fine tuning those sneaky lines.
  Tracey's final practice run was smooth as silk. Fine tuning those sneaky lines.

Did anyone say Glory Yes I m sure half the field were running them.
  Did anyone say Glory? Yes, I'm sure half the field were running them.

Bongo man AKA world xce champion kept the crowd entertained between riders
  Bongo man kept the crowd entertained between riders

Tegan Molloy is consistantly clocking times up in the elite range. The 2014 under 19 champ this year.
  Teagan Molloy is consistently clocking times up in the elite range. The 2014 under-19 champ this year.

Danni Beecroft is getting back up to speed for her upcoming wc season.
  Danni Beecroft is getting back up to speed for her upcoming WC season.

The Hannah family will be a force on the wc circuit this year for certain
  The Hannah family will be a force on the World Cup circuit this year for certain.

Tracey low and precise over the last drop for at the win
  Tracey, low and precise over the last drop for the win.

The Crowd always loves a good pig rooter
  The crowd always loves a good pig rooter.

Joel Willis was another casualty of the last corner. Binning it hard again after remounting this one on the finish straight.
  Joel Willis was another casualty of the last corner, binning it hard again after remounting this one on the finish straight.

Tracey was straight back up the hill after her run to watch her bro come down.
  Tracey was straight back up the hill after her run to watch her 'bro come down.

This one went a little too far after this and pointed him back up the hill. Not ideal.
  This one went a little too far after this and pointed him back up the hill. Not ideal.

Crimmins styling for the crowd.
  Crimmins styling for the crowd.

Andrew Crimmins is on a mission this year. Solid win today in under 19s.
  Andrew Crimmins is on a mission this year. Solid win today in under-19s.

Troy staying low and fast into the finish section.
  Troy staying low and fast into the finish section.

Troy Brosnan perfected the loose last corner hard on the pedals.
  Troy Brosnan perfected the loose last corner, hard on the pedals.

Look at the time. TB smashed the track today taking out a well earned win.
  Look at the time! TB smashed the track today, taking out a well earned win.

A little too much curry on the last corner can ruin a solid run as Angus Jackson found out.
  A little too much curry on the last corner can ruin a solid run, as Angus Jackson found out.

Steady there. This could but didn t end bad. Ben Cory
  Steady there. This didn't end bad for Ben Cory, but easily could have.

Connor on the last drop of the track. The loose gravel finish section was a spot where many threw away their race runs sliding or crashing out.
  Connor on the last drop of the track. The loose gravel finish section was a spot where many threw away their race runs, sliding and crashing out.

Connor Fearon made the decision to swap to clips for race day to try and make up the 8 seconds he needed on SIC MIK. The usually flat pedal rider making the right choice gaining enough time for a solid second.
  Connor Fearon made the decision to swap to clips for race day to try and make up the eight seconds he needed on Sic Mik.

Mick was pushing hard on the last corner trying to salvage his race run
  Mick was pushing hard on the last corner trying to salvage his race run.

Mick Hannah clearly unhappy with the front wheel washout that possibly cost him the win. Still a solid effort to make it down in 5th after a spill with such a stacked field.
  Mick Hannah clearly unhappy with the front wheel washout that possibly cost him the win. Still, a solid effort to make it down in 5th after a spill with such a stacked field.

Tracey putting on a show on and off the track
  Tracey putting on a show on and off the track.

Tracey and Troy 2014 National Champions.
  Tracey and Troy 2014 National Champions.

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Connor Fearon is a favourite of the young fans.
  Connor Fearon is a favourite of the young fans.

Under 19s Male podium
  Under-19s podium

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Elite Female Podium
  Elite Female podium

Elite Mens Podium
  Elite Mens podium

2014 Australian Champions Under 19s Male Andrew Crimmins Elite Male Troy Brosnan Elite female Tracey Hannah Under 19s female Tegan Moloy
  2014 Australian Champions: Under 19s Male Andrew Crimmins, Elite Male Troy Brosnan, Elite female Tracey Hannah, Under 19s female Teagan, Molloy

Connor Fearon second today to Troy Brosnan. Still worthy of a major Australian tv interview.
  Connor Fearon second today to Troy Brosnan. Still worthy of a major Australian TV interview.


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30 Comments
  • 78 0
 Jared Graves doesn't have calfs. Those are full grown cows!
  • 6 4
 Chris Kovarik's are just a tad bigger believe it or not...
  • 24 0
 Thats what she said-
  • 29 1
 Everybody realises that 'Bongo Man' is Paul Van der Ploeg....winner of the xc eliminator at pietermaritzburg at the most recent World Champs Other than that....an awesome showcase of Aussie racing, riding and scenery....
  • 1 1
 Yep, spotted that one!
  • 15 0
 Im sorry im unfamiliar with those riding conditions? Wheres all the mud?
  • 6 1
 I think I seen some dust on sunday , my mate went ripping by us and left a slight trail behind him , I'm still not convinced he didn't have sand in his pocket and do a ' great escape ' style dumping of dirt tho...
  • 9 0
 I heard Mik was heading to Bonny Doon to check out the serenity
  • 3 0
 Would LOVE to know if they wear a pressure suit body amour?! Looks like they don't.. any ideas people Smile
  • 4 0
 Not a lot of people do anymore around here
  • 1 0
 Its very rare to see anyone using body armor these days. More so at national champs, anything that's not needed wont help the clock.
  • 1 0
 Troy was using the tld body armour in practice with a kidney belt, don't know if he did during the race though. A lot of juniors wear body armour but once they get to 19s not many people are wearing it anymore...
  • 4 0
 i gotta lay off the curry Frown . rad photo though Kane!
  • 3 1
 Hey Pinkbike do you have a better pic of Jared's Yeti Arc?? Sam Hill had a good eye in picking up Brosnan back in the day. Way to go Troy!! Heal up Sam. It's go time!!
  • 3 0
 There is a gallery on another website, rhymes with "title"mtb.
  • 1 0
 These 2 kids are on the right track, I’m brosnan will be up there with the likes of Gee and Steavie very soon. And tracy will be racing faster then her brother. Razz
  • 3 0
 Caption on sixth photo should be 'Bilt' bikes, not 'Built" bikes.
  • 3 0
 Bill of Bilt Bikes is actually in the photo of Connor taking the final corner.
  • 3 0
 As is his son Ben... who is also on the podium for U19's!
  • 2 0
 Oh and troy is gonna slay it this year....YEWWWW
  • 1 0
 Nice to see that Jack Moir is comfortable on his new Bike..must be working out for him. Great work, 3rd place...
  • 1 0
 哪个英语给力点,这文章求翻译
这么精致的图文,看不懂好可惜
  • 1 0
 The pic coming away from the sun down between the trees is sweet
  • 1 1
 Graves calves are Enduro calves, lycra and him just looks so wrong, just saying!
  • 1 0
 I don't think he even needs to use the straps on his knee pads…they can't slide down.
  • 1 0
 How's the Serenity! Straight to the Pool Room for these great photos.
  • 1 2
 so the big wheels did not make it over from NZ??? Seeing only 26 in the pics... nice pics btw
  • 2 0
 Only one set of 650 wheels there this weekend on the Aussie Built teams bike.
  • 1 0
 Nah, apparently blokes don't ride 650B.
  • 2 0
 Glories are popular here (as mentioned in a caption), so when Giant release the 650B Glory you'll see a massive increase in 650Bs.







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