CX NATS 15 / WHY NOT MAKE IT YOUR FIRST CX RACE?

Rocking up for you first race in something doesn’t normally involve the words Australian Championship! The decision to race the Australian Cyclocross champs was a last minute one for Bec, one that involved a borrowed and a bit of rush getting to know it in a day or so.

Cyclocross has always been some thing we have both wanted to do, after all its hard not to be attracted to the format and the atmosphere, and as we are both road cyclists and mountainbikers the fit feels obvious! So when a bike came available at the last minute through a friend, Bec naturally jumped at it.

The race saw Bec start on the Back of the grid and slowly but surely work her way up to 3rd place. Looking very solid and sitting pretty here, then at the top of ‘The climb’ That chain thing’ happened! The chain jumping off and what followed was what seemed like an eternity as it just wouldn’t go back on, she is no slouch with the mechanical skills either, here she feel back to 5th where she finished. Although disappointed to drop from 3rd to 5th pretty happy to podium at her first CX race and Aussie champs, (aswell as being named in the Australia team for CX world champs). Lisa Jacobs defended her Australian title on board her Focus Meares!

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Start line focus, no matter the race you always feel the tension!
2015 National Cyclo-Cross Championships Essendon Fields 09 Aug. 2015. Photo: Con Chronis
Bec in action . Photo: Con Chronis
2015 National Cyclo-Cross Championships Essendon Fields 09 Aug. 2015. Photo: Con Chronis
Tackling the climb Photo: Con Chronis
Nothing like racing through the raw of the crowd on the hill!
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Rens old Australian Road team mate & Ex Olympian Oweone Wood ripping up the dirt
The Focus boys were in full action, and full colour
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Focus on the line not the lunge burn!
2015 National Cyclo-Cross Championships Essendon Fields 09 Aug. 2015. Photo: Con Chronis
That chain thing when Bec lost 3rd place, there was no pressure at all just the whole crowd on the hill willing the chain back on! Photo: Con Chronis
Done and dusted Bec and winner Lisa Jacobs chat about the race
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Tour de France Yellow legend Phil Anderson being cameraman whilst Bec is interviewed by Adam Kelsall
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CX Nat Podium 2015
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The future looks bright for CX in Australia
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Thunder pup contemplating that chain thing!
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We will see you next season CX!