Wright wins Junior World Championship crown
8 September 2017
CYCLING -MTB: Cameron Wright (QLD) has opened the account for Australia at the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships with victory in the Junior Men’s Cross Country.
In the Junior Women's Cross Country final, Sarah Tucknott was Australia's best place finisher in 31st position.
The South African-born but recently naturalised Australian, soloed in to an empathic victory in front of a roaring home crowd by thirty seconds over Switzerland’s Joel Roth and Canada’s Holden Jones who filled the podium.
“I am lost for words, doing it in front of a home crowd just best thing that’s ever happened to me to be honest. It was a very hard race but it paid off in the end.” Said 17-year-old Wright after pulling on the rainbow jersey.
“I couldn’t be here today without everyone from the local community and around Australia and all their support, it’s amazing and without them, I definitely wouldn’t have these stripes on me today."
A developing road and track cyclist, Wright was slated to ride the Queensland Road Teams Series last weekend but was rested by his coach to keep him fresh for today’s battle at the World Championships.
Wright also revealed that his citizenship ceremony was fast-tracked his to ensure he could ride in the Cycling Australia Santini green and gold racing suit in Cairns.
“I moved here for a reason and I have to represent the country that I live in and it’s a really good feeling to do that,” Wright added.
“Having lived here for almost five years, I really wanted to represent Australia at this year’s worlds, and now to put the rainbow stripes on for Australia is a really good feeling.”
Local Aussie Cycling Club, Balmoral CC has been key to helping build on the already great talent that Wright has.
“The club is ecstatic with the win and we’ve been sharing it all over social media,“, said Balmoral CC club president Kalvin Bartlett.
“Cam has been part of the elite squad since last year and we’ve been running him in a lot of races.
“He came to us already very talented and it Kevin White his DS has been backing him all the way and helping build on his already great talent.”
While there was a success in the junior men’s race for Australia, due to an early pile up in the women’s race the Australia Cycling Team got caught behind the rest of the pack. It took some time for them to unwrap themselves from the entanglement which damaged their chance of a podium and meant they had to fight hard for every place.
Junior Men's Cross Country Results
- 1 Cam Wright
- 7 Matthew Dinham
- 21 Kian Lerch-Mackinnon
- 36 Isaac Buckell
- 38 Ben Metcalfe
- 48 Jasper Albrecht
- 49 Sam Fox
Junior Women's Cross Country Results
- 31. Sarah Tucknott +11:44
- 32. Tegan Atherstone +12:11
- 38. Courtney Snowball (VIC) -1Lap
- 39. Olivia Nendick -1Lap
- Katherine Hosking DNF2