Day four of the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships in Hafjell, Norway, was a busy affair with the U23 Cross Country Olympic (XCO) races, Junior Downhill seeding and Observed Trials all taking place simultaneously.
Cross Country Olympic
Cameron Ivory (NSW) was the star Australian of the day, pushing hard in the second half of the U23 Men’s XCO to finish among the top 20 riders.
Ivory is the current Elite Men’s Subaru National Series Champion for Cross Country and Eliminator, as well as the reigning Australian U23 XCO Champion.
He put on a fantastic show in Hafjell, riding his way up from 37th at the end of the first lap to finish 18th in a field of 96 riders.
Also representing Australia in the U23 Men was Scott Bowden (TAS) who finished 40th, Chris Hamilton (VIC) who placed 49th and Ben Forbes who finished a lap down in 68th place.
In the U23 Women’s race, both Holly Harris (NSW) and Emily Parkes (NSW) had admirable rides in their first year in the age category.
Harris is the current Australian U23 Cross Country Champion and has a friendly rivalry with Parkes, with both often finishing races in neck and neck battles for position.
Today the Australians were affected by an early crash that blocked much of the field soon after the start.
In this battle of the teammates, Parkes would be victorious, riding well in the latter half of the race to work her way up to 27th place.
Harris finished one lap down from the winner in 42nd position.
Jolanda Neff from Switzerland completed an amazing 2014 adding the Under 23 Women’s Championship to her overall Elite Women’s World Cup Series title.
Australian Results – 2014 Cross Country Olympic World Championships
Emily Parkes (NSW) – 27th
Holly Harris (NSW) – 42nd
Cam Ivory (NSW) – 18th
Scott Bowden (TAS) – 40th
Chris Hamilton (VIC) – 49th
Ben Forbes (QLD) – 68th
Andrew Crimmins (NSW) posted the fastest time of the Australian Junior Men in the downhill seeding.
Crimmins, who last year beat both Troy Brosnan (SA) and Mick Hannah (QLD) in an event at the Thredbo Cannonball festival, seeded 7th for the finals after completing the course in 3 minutes 42 seconds.
Fellow Australians Ben Hill (TAS) and Benjamin Dengate (ACT) are seeded 31st and 33rd respectively, while Matthew McCorkell (ACT) did not finish after an unfortunate crash early in the course.
In the Junior Women’s downhill, UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Series winner Tegan Molloy (NSW) claimed third seeding with a time of 4:33, 12 seconds behind leader Marine Cabirou from France.
Australian Results – 2014 Downhill World Championships
3. Tegan Molloy (NSW) +12.444
7. Andrew Crimmins (NSW) +9.885
13. Aiden Varley (VIC) +12.932
14. Max Warshawsky (QLD) +13.593
31. Ben Hill (TAS) +24.119
33. Benjamin Dengate (ACT) +25.303
47. Jackson Davis (WA) +31.451
DNF Matthew McCorkell (ACT)
2013 Trials World Championship Bronze medallist Janine Jungfels (QLD) again starred for Australia in the Observed Trials event.
After a strong start today with a clean first section, Jungfels put in a consistent performance in each obstacle lap to finish just one step off the podium in 4th place.
Tatiana Janickova (Slovakia) successfully defended her title to again be the Women’s Observed Trials World Champion.
Our men’s Trials team were in action yesterday in the 26” category.
Both riders finished at the semi-final stage after displaying some impressive skills, with Nathan Mummery (VIC) in 21st place and Lachlan Sens (VIC) 30th.
Australian Results – 2014 Observed Trials World Championships
4. Janine Jungfels (QLD)
Men Elite 26″
21. Nathan Mummery (VIC)
30. Lachlan Sens (VIC)