Hayden Stead and Ellie Smith claim downhill titles at 2022 Oceania Cycling Championships
Host nation Australia claimed three of four titles on offer in Mountain Bike Downhill in the first competition of the inaugural combined Oceania Cycling Championships.
Kooralbyn Mountain Bike Park, in Queensland hosted the two-day competitions with more than 100 competitors battling for Oceania Championship or Oceania Cup glory.
Elite titles went to Hayden Stead (New Zealand) and Ellie Smith (Australia), while Gus Kyme and Elle De Nooyer took out the under 19 categories.
Stead was too strong in the elite men’s event stopping the clock in 3mins 12.804secs, more than a second ahead of silver medallist Jackson Frew as Josh Arcus made it a sweep of the podium for the host nation.
In the elite women’s category Smith was too strong, adding the Oceania title to the national crown she won in February. The hotly contested category saw her just edge out compatriot Sian A’Hern who was gunning for a third consecutive Oceania title, by half a second. Jessica Hoskin completing the podium and another 1-2-3 for Australia.
Gus Kyme took out the under 19 men’s event in 3mins 22.247secs ahead of Nick Maxwell and Taj Pollard. In the under 19 women’s Elle De Nooyer claimed gold ahead of Connor Mielke.
2022 Oceania Mountain Bike Downhill Medallists
Gold: Hayden Stead (NZL)
Silver: Jackson Frew (AUS)
Bronze: Josh Arcus (AUS)
Gold: Ellie Smith (AUS)
Silver: Sian A’Hern (AUS)
Bronze: Jessica Hoskin (AUS)
Under 19 Men
Gold: Gus Kyme (AUS)
Silver: Nick Maxwell (AUS)
Bronze: Taj Pollard (AUS)
Under 19 Women
Gold: Elle De Nooyer (AUS)
Silver: Connor Mielke (AUS)