Race Report: Josh Carlson & Rebecca McConnell Win 2021 XCO eMTB Australian National Championship

Mar 10, 2021 at 16:23
by maydenabikepark  
Josh Carlson on his way to winning the XCO E-Bike National Championship

Day Two at the AusCycling National Championships went off with a bang, with the first National Champions crowned, and the downhillers getting their first taste of the brand-new downhill course.

National Champs DH and XC course first impressions

The first event of the day was the eMTB XCO race, which utilised a separate course, with some additional, brutally steep climbing sections. The course truly tested the limits of bikes and riders as they fought to ascend at the absolute limit of traction and riding position. After four laps, eMTB race legend, Josh Carlson won the Elite Men and world cup XCO racer, Bec Henderson took out the elite women event in her first foray into eMTB racing.

Rebecca McConnell in her first e-bike race on her way to taking the win

The course challenged riders on both the up and down

XCO Ebike Results
Elite Men
1st Joshua CARLSON
2nd Rohin ADAMS
3rd Danny TAUGGE

Elite Women
1st Rebecca MCCONNELL
2nd Isabella HOSKING
3rd Beverley ANDERSON

XCO Relay start with a heated one with Tali Lane Welsh having a crash on the straight when bars tangled

The XCO Relay event took place in the afternoon, with teams contending with the brand-new XCO course for the first time. In the first sprint Tali LANE WELSH had a crash and put TEAM VIC MTB Champ Series into last place but fought back to 3rd on the first lap. Trek Shimano led all the first 3 laps using their fastest riders on the 3 opening laps. Karen Hill of TEAM VIC MTB Champ Series overtook TEAM DUKE-Flanders Racing in the penultimate lap to gain 2nd position. On the final lap Rohin ADAMS of TEAM VIC MTB Champ Series put in a big effort to take his team from 2nd to the winning the National Championship. After four laps of racing, the Victorian’s dominated the competition, taking out the jerseys for 2021.

Team Shimano Australia lead took out a massive lead on the first three laps but Team TEAM VIC MTB Champ Series would begin to reign them in on lap 3

Zoe Cuthbert would put in a solid ride to give her team a extensive lead

Rohin Adams would reign in the lead on the last lap to take the win for his team

Celebrations for TEAM VIC MTB Champ Series

The XCO Relay National Champs Podium

XC Relay
1st TEAM VIC MTB Champ Series
2nd TEAM DUKE-Flanders Racing
3rd TEAM Trek-Shimano Australia

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