The results are in from the Australian XC National Championships in Thredbo, with Sam Fox, Rebecca Henderson, Domenic Paolilli and Izzy Flint taking the Elite and U23 titles for 2022.
Rebecca Henderson secured her tenth consecutive Elite national title with a win of nearly three minutes on second-placed Zoe Cuthbert. After winning again this year, Rebecca McConnell has now reached a 17-year winning streak at the National Championships that goes back to her time as a Junior.
Sam Fox managed to take the national title in the Elite Men's racing, with Daniel McConnell coming across the line in second place. Check out the full results below.
Elite Men (6 Laps):
1st. Sam Fox: 1:28:49.01
2nd. Daniel McConnell: +10.66
3rd. Cameron Ivory: +25.23
4th. Brendan Johnston: +47.93
5th. Tasman Nankervis: +1:07.99
Elite Women (5 Laps):
1st. Rebecca Henderson: 1:28:20.77
2nd. Zoe Cuthbert: +2:57
3rd. Peta Mullens: +4:32
4th. Katherine Hosking: +7:56
5th. Kathryn Mcinerney: +10:33
U23 Men (5 Laps):
1st. Domenic Paolilli: 1:18:32.02
2nd. Isaac Fletcher: +1:36.09
3rd. Joel Dodds: +1:41.81
4th. Riley Corke: +2:54.84
5th. Daniel Aurik: +5:09.02
U23 Women (4 Laps):
1st. Izzy Flint: 1:17:27.76
2nd. Hayley Oakes: +3:42
3rd. Lillee Pollock: +10:23
4th. Talia Simpson: +12:16
5th. Anook Simpson: +13:30
Full Results:Elite Men:Elite Women:U23 Men:U23 Women:
And whilst winning 10 in a row is a great achievement, it's very like Compton & Cant winning similar titles in CX; very little competition; there doesn't look to be many future world class talents to follow Rebecca.
If you look at those Australian National Champs results..... who are the pro's that are missing? They were all there. Will be the same at NZ Nationals next weekend. We only have 2 x Pro's in NZ. Almost all active "Elite" riders will be at National Champs (the only one missing will be Sam Gaze... who has commitments with his Pro team in Europe)
People these days seem to either want to race Enduro (closer to what is done by most people when they go for a ride), or a marathon that pushes them to personal goals. There aren't too many people entering Whaka100 to win it (well, maybe you do Mark ), more just to push themselves. XC racing on the other hand is very much a race!
It's a pity that the Replublic XC race series never found it's legs.
These are the frequent conversations in our house. Those events are what engaged people and got them enjoying (?) XC. That still fed a certain percentage of those riders into national stuff.
But... since the powers that be made the purpose/focus of national events to "prepare riders for international racing" the interest dropped, numbers diminished, and so did the events.
So unless someone at MTBNZ/CNZ decides they should put on events that are more aligned with the events people want to do; the interest in XC will stay very low
Not much sympathy for the national body though
A 1hr race for $70ish in "Oamaru"... No thanks. Same with Nationals in the most expensive location in NZ... That being said, Im heading to do the Coronet Loop/Mototapu next weekend for a $200 "race". ha ha.
I would have gone to Nationals if it was in CHCH/WLG/Rotorua ( so would a few others I ride with)
As much as it hurts to say it, XCO style (1-1.5hr) races need to be in locations where the population is, or can at least get to easily/affordably.
TLDR all the best riders in Australia are on road because that’s where the money and support is.
Who is to come after Rebecca? It's not great, is it?
Loana lecomte also cited kind of burn out after a winning streak the previous year. She just had enough points to keep competitors away for the remainder of the season
*This was a joke*
If it’s separated by a : then minutes.
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