• Tracey Hannah (Aus) Polygon UR (Rob Jones/Canadian Cyclist)Source: Rob Jones/Canadian Cyclist
It was a strong weekend of competition for Australian downhill (DHI) and cross-country (XCO) riders at the second round of the UCI MTB World Cup, especially for Tracey Hannah and Rebecca Henderson.
Zela, Rob Jones

Cycling Central
26 Apr 2016 - 2:27 PM  UPDATED 26 Apr 2016 - 2:34 PM

Women's DHI - Tracey Hannah

Local Cairns rider Tracey Hannah (Polygon UR) finished second to world champion Rachel Atherton (Trek Factory Racing), the seemingly unbeatable Brit.

"I stayed really calm and did the best I could," said Hannah, "and, well, today second is good enough for me."

Atherton won by over seven seconds, in a sport where differences are usually fractions of a second. Manon Carpenter (Madison Saracen) took third. 

"As I was coming into it I heard the commentator say 'Seven and a half seconds down' and I was thinking, 'Oh dear, that's a shame cuz I had a good run'," Atherton said. 

"And then I looked back as I crossed the line and realized that I had won and Tracey was 7 seconds back. I wanted Tracey to win, I really did, but then, a race is a race. Everyone rode well. I know what it's like to win [at home] like at Fort William and I'm sort of gutted for Tracy but I've got some bills to pay," she said. 


Hannah's second comes after her opening UCI MTB World Cup round fourth place in Lourdes, France. 

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Women's Junior DHI - Aussie to watch - Sian A'Hern

Sian A'Hern won the junior women category, her first world cup win. The victory meant A'Hern also finished 15th overall in the elite women's category. We doubt it's the last we'll hear of Canberran Sian A'Hern. 

Women's DHI highlights 

Women's XCO - Rebecca Henderson grabs her first ever World Cup podium

Danish rider Annika Langvad quickly jumped into the lead, with only Linda Indergand (Switzerland) able to respond. Henderson initially went with the front two, but the pace was too much and she had to back off, eventually being caught by Catharine Pendrel (Luna). 

Langvad and Indergand stayed together until a lap and a half to go, when the Danish rider attacked on the climb, quickly opening a gap, which she held to the finish line. Henderson, buoyed on by the crowd dropped Pendrel to take third.

"I think my smile says it all," commented Henderson, "it's sinking in at the moment. The crowd out there was amazing, so to do that in front of a home crowd, it was super awesome."

"She [Pendrel] helped me get the best out of myself today. Early in the race I wasn't backing myself, I was waiting for most of the field to catch me. Catherine then caught me and I just tried to follow her as best as I could. Then on the last lap I thought it was now or never," Henderson said. 


Women's XCO under 23 - Holly Harris 

In the women's under 23 category, Australia's Holly Harris finished a solid fifth. 


Women's XCO higlights