Australian DH championships – Sliced & Diced

We don’t usually cover national-level racing but this weekend’s Subaru Australian MTB Champs were a bit special. Not only did the men’s startlist read like a Who’s Who of current World Cup racers – Hill, Hannah, Brosnan – but there were some surprises come podium time. Here are our Sliced & Diced highlights.

Not king of the Hill

All eyes were on Sam Hill (CRC-Nukeproof), with his new bike and back-to-back wins in the Subaru Gravity Cup national series. But the five-time world champ had to settle for third place, saying he made a “few little mistakes” near the bottom of the course. We reckon he was just glad it wasn’t his former protege Troy Brosnan who beat him!

Check out the first race video we’ve ever seen with a kangaroo in it!

Source: AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPS DOWNHILL 2013 from The Roost Mag

Double trouble

Australia’s new national champ is Mick Hannah. Not bad for his first outing on his Polygon DHX! With his freshly-healed sister Tracey taking top honours in the women’s race – her fifth national title – it was a dream outcome for Hutchinson UR’s new bike sponsors. Check out the team vid below.

Source: Hutchinson UR Team / Australian National Champs from Hutchinson UR

All-rounder 

With four-cross off the agenda, Jared Graves (Yeti-Fox Shox) had a toss-up – downhill or cross-country? “Sod it, I’ll enter both!” The gamble paid off, with Graves finishing seventh in the XC and second in the DH, missing out on the win by less than two seconds. Look out for him in his ONE Industries kit in this alternative take on the weekend’s action:

Source: 2013 Australian National Championship DH by Ty Bowmaker/Captyvate Media

Rain on the plain

Racers expecting dry, dusty trails were in for a shock – pouring rain and mud were the order of the day at Canberra’s Stromlo Forest Park come finals day. “We’ve had a proper World Cup race day today,” said Mick Hannah. Come on lads, it’s hardly Champery now is it?!

Elite men top 10

1 Mick Hannah 02:21.0
2 Jared Graves +1.83
3 Samuel Hill +2.22
4 Chris Kovarik +2.41
5 Troy Brosnan +2.47
6 Todd Madsen +3.32
7 Jack Moir +3.64
8 Graeme Mudd +4.09
9 Joe Vejvoda +4.21
10 Ben Cory +6.75

Elite women top 5

1 Tracey Hannah 02:46.53
2 Caroline Buchanan +0.43
3 Lisa Mathison +5.7
4 Trudy Nicholas +36.03
5 Victoria Armstrong +58.86

Check out the full results on the Subaru Australian MTB Champs website.