and enjoy the benefits
Elite female competition in Australia is excelling and Rebecca Henderson's debut at the London 2012 games has stamped another new era in the sport.
The nearest Australia have come to an Olympic medal since the sport joined the Games program in 1996 was the sixth by Cadel Evans and seventh from Mary Grigson in 2000.
A total of 30 women aimed for glory on the opening day of the cross-country action on the 5km lap route in Essex, with 50 men vying for the title the day after on Sunday, August 12th the final day of London 2012.
The London 2012 course has been one of the most technically challenging courses at an Olympic Games and twenty year old Rebecca has gained a vast experience.
Gold medal winner Julie Bresset of France lead the field on completion of the first lap set at a high intense speed with forty year old Beijing former gold medalist Sabine Spitz (GER) finishing in second and Georgia Gould (USA) third.
While Henderson crossed the line in 25th postition, it is a credible result for the young Canberra rider who has already accomplished herself in MTB standing second in the world at U23 for 2012.
"It really sets her up for future Games." Said MTB Sports Director Chris Clarke.
Mountain Bike Australia would like to congratulate Rebecca on her excellent debut and representation.