Kovarik, Buchar Win Australian National Championships

Source: Mountain Bike Australia

Chris Kovarik pinned at the Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup 2009. Photo: Colin Meagher

Chris Kovarik pinned at the Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup 2009. Photo: Colin Meagher

Chris Kovarik started the 2010 season off with a bang, winning the Australian National Championships for the first time since his string of victories there between 2000 to 2002.

Pre-race favorite Sam Hill had set the fastest time in the qualifying round, and was the last rider out of the start gate. Hill appeared ready to claim the title, but crashed just yards before the finish line. Hill was unharmed by the fall and managed to get back up and cross the finish line in fifth place. Sam Blenkinsop was also injured during the race.

Korvaik commented after the race: “Although it was pretty good I wasn’t really happy with the time. I was hoping to go two seconds faster than my qualifying time, but I’ve just done the same time. Hard luck to Sam coming off on that last corner and giving it to me. I was just watching the times and think he would have had it by half a second.”

Kovarik’s wife, Claire Buchar, won the women’s DH race.

SRAM Australian MTB Championships results:

Elite men – downhill
1. Chris Kovarik 1:56.03
2. Shaun O’Connor 1:57.52
3. Joshua Button 1:57.58
4. Kaine Cannan 1:58.50
5. Sam Hill 1:59.25
6. Amiel Cavalier 1:59.65
7. Rhys Willemse 1:59.82
8. Mitchell Delfs 2:00.07
9. Rhys Atkinson 2:00.40
10. William Rischbieth 2:00.51

Elite women – downhill
1. Claire Buchar 2:18.46
2. Leigh Douglas 2:26.71
3. Claire Whiteman 2:31.89
4. Leonie Picton 2:32.55
5. Joanne Fox 2:34.45
6. Emma Lewis 2:36.34
7. Julia Boer 2:37.94
8. Shannon Chugg 2:41.11
9. Shelly Flood 2:43.95
10. Sarsha Huntington DNS

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