05 Mar 2018

Australia's 2018 National Downhill Championships were held at Mystic MTB Park in Bright, Victoria on Sunday. In association with MTBA, Flow live-streamed the racing on Facebook and we have the video replays here for anyone who missed out. Read on for results and race wrap up. Congratulations to our new National Champions!

Video 1 featuring pre-race interviews with Sian A’hern, Troy Brosnan, Mick Hannah, Tracey Hannah and more. Race categories include U13, U15, U17 and Masters Men and Women followed by U19 and Elite Women.

Video 2 featuring Junior (U19) Men and Elite Men.

Stepping up into U19s and into a new factory sponsorship. Kye A’Hern delivered with another National title.

Troy Brosnan (SA) and Tracey Hannah (QLD) returned to the top of the Australian downhill stage taking out the elite men’s and women’s titles at the 2018 MTBA Downhill National Championships in Bright, Victoria on Sunday.

It was a heart in the mouth moment for Brosnan, who was first down the track in the elites and laid down a 3:46:78, before last year’s champion Jack Moir
(NSW) went 0.09 within knocking the South Australian from top of the podium.

“Having Jack come down so close was very nerve wracking and I’m super stoked to get the win.”

“I was little disappointed last year losing the sleeve but getting it back this year is amazing,” the five time national champion commented moments after the finish.

Jack Moir was so close to holding onto the title.

Jackson Frew (NSW) put in a super run to take his first ever elite men’s medal, with Michael Hannah (QLD) fourth and Dean Lucas (VIC) in third after he crashed mid- way in his run snapping off the seat post.

Jackson Frew, ready for his best Nationals to date.

Mick Hannah isn’t slowing down.

Just missing another Nationals medal, but no doubt a proud big brother.
Dean Lucas – fastest qualifier and still managed 5th with a crash that broke his seatpost.

In the women, all attention was turned towards Hannah who was chasing her own slice of history to become the first Australian female to win 10 downhill titles.

The Cairns rider smashed her way down the course to produce an unbeatable time of 4:37:78.

“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.”

10 National Titles deserves big smiles

The world number two was more than 16 seconds in front of Tegan Molloy (NSW) who was racing at her first national championships in two years with Sian A’Hern (NSW) in third.

Tegan Molloy in the medals this year.

Sian A’hern back from injury and 3rd again

There were more celebrations for the Canyon Factory Racing Team after Kye A’Hern (NSW) took out the national jersey in his first year in the junior men ahead of local Aaron Gungl (VIC) and Matt Carter (VIC).

U17 National Champ in 2017 and straight to to the top in Juniors this year. We’re hoping for big things from Kye A’Hern this season.
Two gold medals – a good weekend for Canyon Factory Racing.
2nd for Aaron Gungl

For the junior women, Ellie Smith (NSW) retained her title with a powerful display of riding to force Sally Potter (NSW) into the silver medal position.

Ellie Smith, Junior Women’s Champ

2018 MTBA National Downhill Championships Results

Elite Men
1. Troy Brosnan 03:46.8
2. Jack Moir 03:46.9
3. Jackson Frew 03:51.0

Elite Women
1. Tracey Hannah 04:37.8
2. Tegan Molloy 04:54.0
3. Sian A’hern 05:01.8

Junior (U19) Men
1. Kye A’hern 03:55.0
2. Aaron Gungl 04:02.5
3. Matt Carter 04:03.4

Junior (U19) Women
1. Ellie Smith 05:23.7
2. Sally Potter 06:23.0

Full results can be found here.

Connor Fearon rear flatted and ended up in 8th

Local Kaia Ellis
Bring on the World Cup season!

All photos: Matt Staggs Visuals / MTBA