Highlanders secure national titles

Highlanders made a big impact in a national riding competition over the weekend. 

NATIONAL TITLE: Meaghan Stanton nearing the end of her third lap of the Masters 3 Women's race. Photo: Russ Baker.

NATIONAL TITLE: Meaghan Stanton nearing the end of her third lap of the Masters 3 Women's race. Photo: Russ Baker.

Members of the Southern Highlands Cycling Club competed at the Cross Country Mountain Bike National Championships, held in Canungra, Queensland on March 18 and 19.

The event was held on private property and the course featured steep climbs and rocky, technical descents, which were a true test for competitors fitness and skills.

Two Highlanders proved their strengths and won national titles in the Olympic Cross Country (XCO) event. 

Moss Vale High student Maizy Evans won the under-15 women’s title after a closely contested race against her Canberra rival, Arwen Crampton. 

Oxley College teacher Meaghan Stanton, won the Masters 3 Women's race, finishing ahead of the Masters Category 2-5 (35-55yr) riders. 

SHCC member Riley King won the under-17 men's race, after dominating the age group all season.

In the lead up to the main XCO event, Maizy and Riley also won races in the short course (XCC) event, held on the Friday, March 17. 

A number of other SHCC riders also competed at the national event. 

Ian King won the XCC and fourth in the XCO Master 6 Men.

Verity Evans came in eighth in the under-17 women and  Karen Evans placed fifth in the Master 4 Women.

Leah Childs placed fifth in the Master 3 Women and John Van Den Ham placed fifth in the Master 7 Men. 

Southern Highlands Cycling Club president Zac Hulm said the weekend produced a number of outstanding results for the club. 

“The fantastic results are a credit to all the people who have been training hard to perform at their best,” he said. 

“Meaghan deserves a very special mention too because she worked so hard and has been so dedicated to her training.”

Hulm thanked SHCC coaches who host cycling clinics every Wednesday afternoon. 

“Without the support of coaches and parents the club wouldn’t have been able to produce such great results,” he said. 

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