RE­TURN TO THE TOP

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - By JUSTIN JEN­VEY

THE ac­tion was fast paced all week­end at Bright’s Mys­tic Moun­tain Bike Park but none were quicker than Troy Bros­nan (pic­tured) who claimed his fifth down­hill na­tional cham­pi­onship and fourth at Bright in the elite men’s race on Sun­day. The week­end at­tracted more than 250 rid­ers with the Alpine Cy­cling Club and their team of vol­un­teers again com­mended for their ef­forts host­ing the event.

TROY Bros­nan and Tracy Hannah have once again topped the podium at the Moun­tain Bike Aus­tralia Down­hill Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Bright.

The pair has now won ev­ery elite men’s and women’s race con­tested at the Mys­tic Moun­tain Bike Park hav­ing both pre­vi­ously tri­umphed from 2014-16.

Both Bros­nan and Hannah lost their na­tional jer­seys last year but re­gained them in epic fash­ion on Sun­day.

Bros­nan, who was the slow­est qual­i­fier on Saturday af­ter punc­tur­ing his rear tyre, set the course alight as the first man on course in Sun­day’s fi­nal.

The 24 year-old set a blis­ter­ing time of 3:46:78 be­fore New South Welsh­man and last year’s cham­pion Jack Moir went 0.09 within knock­ing him from top of the podium.

Jack­son Frew put in a su­per run to take his first ever elite men’s medal while vet­eran racer Michael Hannah was fourth and Dean Lu­cas who was the fastest qual­i­fier, fifth.

“Hav­ing Jack come down so close was very nerve wrack­ing and I’m su­per stoked to get the win,” Bros­nan said post-race.

“It was a tough one af­ter yesterday getting a flat tyre in my qual­i­fy­ing run but it worked out today for the best so I’m re­ally happy.

“I was lit­tle dis­ap­pointed last year los­ing the sleeve but getting it back this year is amaz­ing.”

It was again all smooth sail­ing for Hannah in the elite women as the world num­ber two topped qual­i­fy­ing be­fore post­ing a time of 4:37:78 in the fi­nal.

Te­gan Mol­loy who was 16 sec­onds back in her first na­tional cham­pi­onships in two years with Sian A’Hern third.

It was Hannah’s 10th na­tional ti­tle.

“It’s su­per cool, it’s al­ways awe­some rac­ing in Aus­tralia, just be­ing able to take that flag back over­seas and race with the top rid­ers in the world is pretty spe­cial to me - so yeah, I’m stoked,” she said.

Bright’s Aaron Gungl just missed out on adding to his under 15 na­tional cham­pi­onship from 2014, fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the ju­nior men (U19).

Gungl qual­i­fied fifth but im­proved on his time by nine and half sec­onds in the fi­nal to hold top spot be­fore New South Wales rider Kye A’Hern bet­tered him with a time of 3.55.02.

There was some joy for lo­cal rid­ers with Mt Beauty’s for­mer pro­fes­sional Joel Panozzo tak­ing out the Masters 2 category while Peter El­lis claimed the Masters 4 ti­tle.

The week­end at­tracted more than 250 rid­ers with the Alpine Cy­cling Club and their team of vol­un­teers again com­mended for their ef­forts host­ing the event.

PHOTO: Justin Jen­vey

TENTH TI­TLE: Tracy Hannah was again un­stop­pable in the elite women’s race.

ELITE: Troy Bros­nan was the first rider on course in the elite men’s fi­nal and he didn’t dis­ap­point.

SEC­OND: Wandiligong’s Aaron Gungl nar­rowly missed out on claim­ing the ju­nior men na­tional ti­tle.

HOME TRACK: Bright young­ster Char­lie Jones fin­ished fifth in the under 17 men.

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