Bec McConnell triumphs in the Oceanic XCO Championship
Primaflor-Mondraker-XSauce has already achieved its first victory of the 2020 season and it is a remarkable victory such as the women’s cross-country Oceanic Championship. It took place on Friday morning in Dunedin (New Zealand). Nevertheless, it was not easy for Bec McConnell to ratify her title from 2019.
The bronze medal of the last XCO World’s started as the big favorite for the victory but a mechanical damage in the first of the five laps made her objective more difficult. The Australian was nearly two minutes behind the leader at that point, the local Josie Wilcox. Step by step, after setting her ideal pace in a big effort for this part of the season, Rebecca shortened the gap and took the leader to cross the line with a minute ahead of the rest.
Bec McConnell: I’m very happy, both for the result and my performance in this Oceanic Championship although I didn’t have the best feeling at the beginning. The damage mechanical made me lose a lot of time as I had to walk most of the circuit until I got to the boxes. I had to make a huge effort both physically and mentally to recover the time I’d lost. I was looking at the heart-rate monitor and I even got up to 189 b.p.m. Lap after lap I was bridging the gap and by the end, I managed to overtake Josie. You never hope for a situation like this but, actually, I believe it will help to find my own limits. The last few weeks I haven’t felt as I ideally would like to but a race like this one brings back my confidence and certainly the good legs are back.
PMX Racing Team’s good performance was completed by Dan McConnell’s third place in men’s. The biker from Victoria signed a solid competition just behind two World Cup regulars such as the New Zealander Anton Cooper, the winner at home, and the also Australian Cameron Ivory.