Downhill mountain bike racer Tracey Hannah is raring to go in front of her home crowd in the second round of the World Cup in Cairns this weekend. Here’s why she’s one to watch in 2016.

SBS is broadcasting the Cairns UCI MTB World Cup action from Saturday 23 April on Cycling Central from 2:30pm AEST and broadcast on SBS2.

Thursday 21 Apr 2016

Let’s get to the obvious one - Hannah is easily Australia’s most consistent downhill rider, and damn near unbeatable her discipline.

She recently won her ninth Elite Women Downhill Australian Championships with a flawless run at the 2016 Subaru Australian MTB Championships.

Hannah placed third in the 2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, and after a fourth place finish in the opening round of the 2016 season, she’s nicely placed for a tilt at her maiden world title.  

 

Now 27, Hannah began riding at age 13, and by age 14, she was competing in the elite section at nationals, where she came second on debut.

Her first Elite Women Downhill Australian Championship title came in 2004, while she was also the 2006 Junior World Champion.

Not only is Hannah a beast on two wheels, she’s more than handy with the keyboard, too.

Her work has appeared here on SBS Zela, where she gave a unique insight into her headspace in the hours before a season begins.

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Hannah also writes a blog on her own site, and contributes thought provoking pieces to other mountain bike websites, such as pinkbike.com

Hannah’s older brother Mick is also a champion downhill rider, and a four time Australian Elite Men's Downhill Champion title holder.

But while her brother inspired her to take up the sport, Hannah is no longer riding in his shadow. Mick finished fifth at the recent Australian championships, giving Tracey sibling bragging rights.