VENUE: STROMLO FOREST PARK
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2015 RACE REPORT
Returning World Solo 24 Hour Champion, Jason English, has capped off an extraordinary week by taking out the 2015 Scott Australian 24 Hour Mountain Bike Championships in the Stromlo Forest Park, Canberra over the weekend.
Hosted by the Canberra Off-Road Cyclists Mountain Bike Club (CORC), English had only just claimed the World Solo 24 Hour Championship title in California seven days prior, before backing up the performance with a dominant display on home soil to enhance his standing as the very best in the business.
English failed to disappoint
Considered one of the most popular mountain bike participation events in Australia, CORC started the Scott 24 Hour championships over a decade ago and has played a pivotal role in the rise of Australia as the dominant power in the 24 Hour discipline of MTB.
The decision to couple this year’s event with the Australian 24 Hour Championships, helped provide greater opportunities for spectators to view current world champions in action, who failed to disappoint.
After an absorbing 24 hours of racing, it was ultimately a combination of skill and experience that saw English and Jess Douglas emerge from stacked fields to rain supreme, with MTBA President Russ Baker quick to praise the spectacle.
“When it comes to Solo 24 Hour Mountain Bike racing, Canberra’s Stromlo Forest Park is no stranger to epic world and Australian title battles, and the 2015 Australian Championships continued this tradition,” Baker said.
“In winning the 2015 Australian crowns, both Jason and Jess demonstrated that consistency and a solid support structure in the pits, remains the key to Solo 24 Hour racing.
“Other riders would attack throughout the day and night, but were unable to maintain the sustained pace of the two champions and many paid the price for their efforts.”
The men’s podium
For English, who bested Ed McDonald (2nd) and Tobias Lestrell (3rd) to the line, his rare World-Australian double in seven days means he has now amassed eight Australian Solo 24 hour titles, six consecutive world titles and two Australian XC Marathon titles.
“Jason’s double has never been achieved before and I doubt whether anyone else would even consider attempting it,” Baker said.
“It sets him apart from every other current 24 Hour racer in the world.”
Douglas was a force to be reckoned with
Not to be outdone, Douglas’ win from Liz Smith (2nd) and Meredith Quinlan (3rd) means she now has an incredible three Australian Solo 24 Hour titles and three world titles of her own, an achievement Baker made sure to highlight.
“I must express some sympathy for Jess who must be feeling a touch overshadowed right now, but her achievements are also worthy of praise,” he said.
“Her three world titles and three Australian Solo 24 Hour titles are a great example of achievement and tenacity in our sport.
“I would like to congratulate both Jason and Jess on their 2015 tiles, which add to their status as great Australian and World-Level riders in 24 Hour racing.
“Finally, I would also like to thank Canberra Off-Road Cyclists, who staged a great championships and for their support of our sport.”
For a full list of results please visit: http://my5.raceresult.com/43253/results?lang=en#