Peoples Choice Award: Janine Jungfels
MTB Rider of the Year: Jason English
XCO Elite Male Rider of the Year: Dan McConnell
XCO Elite Female Rider of the Year: Rebecca Henderson
XCO Junior Male Rider of the Year: Kian Lerch-Mackinnon
XCO Junior Female Rider of the Year: Katherine Hoskings
DHI Elite Male Rider of the Year: Troy Brosnan
DHI Elite Female Rider of the Year: Tracey Hannah
DHI Junior Male Rider of the Year: Andrew Crimmins
DHI Junior Female Rider of the Year: Sian A’Hern
Gravity Enduro Male Rider of the Year: Chris Panozzo
Gravity Enduro Female Rider of the Year: Emily Parkes
Gravity Enduro Junior Male Rider of the Year: Loic Fery
XCM/24hr/ Stage Race Male Rider of the Year: Jason English
XCM/24hr/Stage Race Female Rider of the Year: Liz Smith
OT Female Rider of the Year: Janine Jungfels
OT Male Rider of the Year: Andrew Dickie
CX Elite Male Rider of the Year: Garry Millburn
CX Elite Female Rider of the Year: Lisa Jacobs
CX Junior Male Rider of the Year: Ben Walkerden
CX Junior Female Rider of the Year: Tegan Atherstone
Masters Female Rider of the Year: Karen Evans
Masters Male Rider of the Year: Peter Selkrig
Event of the Year: Dwellingup 100
Friends of the Trails: Kalamunda Mountain Bike Collective
Male Commissaire of the Year: Anthony Newham
Female Commissaire of the Year: Claire Whiteman
Male Coach of the Year: Mark Fenner
Female Coach of the Year: Donna Dall
Club Volunteer of the Year: Peter Hosking (New England MTB Club)
MTBA would like to thank the Alpine Shire Council, Alpine Cycling Club, the riders, volunteers and the spectators who turned up to make this the best Australian Championships yet. We look forward to seeing you on the Gold Coast for the 2017 Australian Championships.
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT – Russell Baker
Our third and final National Championships of this allocation at Bright was the best.
Entries were well up on previous years and the event village had been changed to provide a better atmosphere for the riders, supporters and spectators.
We all got to see the very best riders Australia has, plus a very exciting glimpse of the future. Tracey Hannah, Bec Henderson, Troy Brosnan and Dan McConnell stamped their authority on the field, with the performances of Bec and Dan sending a clear message about their potential for the Rio Olympics.
The future is very bright, with big fields in the Junior Men and Women and to have nearly 50 Under 17 Men in the Cross Country was a very rewarding reflection on the work that our clubs and MTBA have put into junior development in recent years.
My thanks go out the Alpine Cycling Club and the Alpine Shire for their hard work and support of mountain biking over the last 3 years of the championships. Bright now has a great legacy in place for mountain biking, with the trail and facilities work that has been instrumental in the running of national events.
Many of our riders now head to the Oceania Championships, the World Cup season starts with the Downhill in Lourdes, France, before returning to Australian for the Cairns World Cup on the ANZAC Day weekend. The remainder of their year will be filled with world and Olympic level competition, with the world championships split this year due to the Olympics.
Your national championships will move to Nerang for 2017 and serve as an important test event for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. For 2018 and onwards, MTBA will soon be requesting expressions of interest from locations, clubs and organisers wishing to bid for future Australian Championship events.
Thank you to all the riders and their supporters who made the 2016 Australian Championships a great event. See you next year in Nerang.
MESSAGE FROM THE CEO – Shane Coppin
The Australian Championships is a showcase event on the MTBA calendar and is now attracting significant interest and support from both riders, the MTB community and “fans” of MTB.
Over the past three years, there have been considerable improvements made to format, facilities and event experiences, highlighted by recent activities in Bright, which included kids events, participation events, MTBA Awards, a band in the forest during the DHI finals and a huge crowd around the village enjoying the OT and the general village atmosphere.
Significant acknowledgement and thank-you must go out to all those who have contributed and made it a fantastic weekend of MTB in Australia.
But special recognition must go to the Alpine Cycling Club, whose tireless efforts and pride in their themselves adds that special extra attention needed to make this event such a success. Thanks also to our partners, Subaru and the Alpine Shire Council for their continued support, which is vital in helping to deliver an event of this type.
The riders and performances over the weekend were amazing and all should be congratulated.
These are “your” Australian Championships and over the past couple of years, I believe that the MTB community support and respect for this event has grown. With the continued support of the MTB community and partnerships with Clubs, government and local businesses our Australian Championships will continue to grow and be a signature event that we all look forward to.
As CEO of MTBA I am very proud of what we have all collectively achieved through partnerships and collaboration and look forward to MTBA continuing to be an integral part of delivering the Australian Championships in the future.
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