13 former winners to line up at 2019 Oceania Mountain Bike Championships
13 former winners including two defending champions headline the entries for the 2019 Oceania Mountain Bike Championships in Bright, Victoria, Australia, 8-10 April 2019.
Defending elite Cross-country champions Anton Cooper and Samara Sheppard of New Zealand return with Cooper chasing a fourth consecutive title and Sheppard a hattrick of wins. Cooper will face strong competition from four time winner Daniel McConnell (Australia) and rising stars Ben Bradley (Australia) and Ben Oliver (New Zealand). While Sheppard’s competition is likely to come from 2015 and 2016 winner Rebecca McConnell (Australia) and two time silver medallist Holly Harris (Australia).
In the under 23 categories the men’s could be a repeat of the 2018 under 19 podium with newly crowned Australian Champion Matthew Dinham, former under 19 world champion Cameron Wright (Australia) and Sam Fox (Australia) names to watch. New Zealand Champion Joshua Burnett leads the kiwi charge. In the women’s Katherine Hosking will be looking to add the Oceania title to her Australian title while former under 19 winners Jessica Manchester (New Zealand) and Megan Williams (Australia) will also be looking for gold.
New Zealand Champion Samara Maxwell and Australian Champion Zoe Cuthbert will go head to head in the under 19 women’s category. Fresh from winning the Australian title Corey Smith will be looking for more gold with podium finishers Nick Chisholm and Liam Johnston also chasing the top step. From New Zealand Angus Riordan will be hoping to find the podium.
Sian A’Hern heads in to the women’s downhill as the favourite off silver at the Australian Championships while former junior world champion Tegan Molloy (Australia) and 2017 champion Danielle Beecroft (Australia) are also eyeing the top step, with New Zealand’s Shania Rawson a former under 19 champion looking for elite success. Jackson Frew and Ben and Oliver Zwar will be looking to improve on top six finishes at the Australian Championships with New Zealand’s George Brannigan the under 19 champion in 2010 looking to take the title back to New Zealand.
Luke Meier-Smith and Joshua Arcus finished second and third at the Australian Championships and are eyeing the Oceania gold in the under 19 men’s field. In the under 19 women’s Cassie Voysey will be looking to add the Oceania title to her Australian title.