As Australia’s largest mountain bike club, CORC strives to keep our members and the wider community aware of what is going on in the mountain bike community in ACT, interstate and overseas. CORC and Canberra have riders competing at the highest level in their chosen mtb discipline. In order to improve our coverage of the elite riders from Canberra we have a new segment called Elite News. Here we will focus on our local elite riders and what they have been up to both locally and abroad. If we have missed something or if you have news that will fit into our Elite News Segment, please send us an email to [email protected]
In this month’s Elite News you can read about Canberra’s elite riders Bec and Dan McConnell’s re-signing with Primaflor Mondraker Rotor for the 2019, Canberra’s new 24hr hr world champions and Brendan Johnston’s epic goals for 2019.
Bec & Dan resigns with Primaflor Mondraker Rotor
Rebecca and Dan McConnell have re-signed with their team Primaflor Mondraker Rotor for the 2019 season. The Canberra wife and husband team are excited for a new season with their Spanish team. According to their website Bec & Dan are planning a quieter summer with less travel, less racing and more fun rides! The pair also enjoyed a warm Saturday afternoon looking at the CORC Club XC race and meeting up with fellow Canberrans, including Darryl Cram.
Bec and Dan’s first big goal in Australia is the National Championships in April 2019. Their first team event will be in January in Spain with a couple of races and where they will also have the full team together. In May Bec and Dan are starting their World Cup Season again.
Bec and Dan have also opened a fundraising account to help subsidise the 2019 Elite, U23 and Junior XCO Male and Female National Champions (awarded in April) to represent Australia at the 2019 World Championships. To donate visit www.gofundme.com/australian-mountain-bike-champions?member=1065862 (opens in new window)
Follow Bec and Dan on their website. (opens in new window)
CORC have 2 new World Champions
In October while most Canberrans were putting away their winter coats and getting ready for summer, Canberra’s age group athletes Jordan Butler and Gwynn Le Maitre raced the WEMBO Solo 24 Hour World Championships in conditions more suitable for winter sports. The race was held in Scotland and has been categorised as one of the hardest Wembo events in history. Cold and wet weather along with a technical and tough race course made sure everyone had to dig deep in order to perform to their very best. Gwynn Le Maitre from FIZO Cycling and Jordan Butler won their age groups and were crowned World Champions. Gwynn won the Female 35-39 age group with 16 laps in 24:34:54 and Jordan won the male 23-29 category with 20 laps in 24:02:39.
Brendan Johnston has epic plans
Canberra elite rider Brendan Johnston is teaming up with good friend and close rival Cam Ivory for the well-known stage race Cape Epic in South Africa. The iconic race takes place 17 – 24 March 2019. Read more about Jonston’s plan on AMB online. (opens in new window)