Daniel McConnell (ACT) finished the 2015-16 National MTB Series undefeated with a hard fought win in the final round at Jubilee Park, Toowoomba on Saturday.
While he had already wrapped up the Series crown with four straight victories, the defending champion wanted to press home his credentials as the best cross country rider in Australia.
But despite completing the 6 lap race in 1:32:29secs, nearly two minutes in front of second placed Cameron Ivory (NSW), McConnell still played hard task-master.
“It was a pretty hard race and I’m sure have a few things to work on.”
The 30 year old had to contend with Ivory on his wheel early in the race, as conditions heated up.
“I wouldn’t call it too comfortable I was not feeling too good for the first three laps.”
“I thought I either got to get away at my own pace or I’m in a bit of trouble so I sort of had a quick lap and was able to get a gap and with the heat he started to struggle a bit and hold a little bit of a gap.”
For Ivory, who is desperately chasing the second Australian spot on the XCO team to Rio, it wasn’t just the course that got him in the end.
“Once he dropped the hammer I couldn’t’ follow.”
McConnell’s attention now turns towards the 2016 Australian MTB Championships in Bright, Victoria in a fortnight, as he looks to retain his Aussie jersey.
“Olympic year is a really big one for everyone I think we’ll be lucky enough to qualify for two spots the second spot is up for grabs and making everyone work that little bit harder.”
“I think it’s bringing the best out of everyone.”
Brendan Johnston rounded out the podium in third.
For full results: http://onlineresults.com.au/results