Young bones heal fast, and dust helps the blood clot quickly, so why not lay it all on the line? The Under 23 men’s XCO racing was absolutely bananas today as the next generation of cross country stars went into battle in the dust pit of Smithfield.
This course is really living up to its reputation as a breaker of bikes and bodies, but Sam Gaze had no troubles taming it. In fact the only thing that seemed to worry him today was the cork on his champagne bottle, blasting him in the face on the podium.
The Aussie contingent was led home by Reece Tucknott, who followed in his sister’s footsteps bringing home a 31st place, with the rest of the Aussie young guns all finishing on the lead lap. Check out our massive photo gallery below to get an idea of just how tough the fight is out there. Savage stuff!