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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.
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.