The last championship of the year was decided on Wednesday night when Bruce Arthur and Jasmine Neve took out the Victorian sprint titles, which were held at La Trobe University.
Arthur’s win was a very comfortable one, with a margin of nearly two minutes over the field. His closest challenger was Adam Scammell, who continued the sprint form he showed with a top-ten finish at the Australian Championships. The next fastest time was run by junior winner Chris Naunton, who was closely challenged by MTBO national team member Steven Cusworth.
In contrast to the men’s race, the women fought a close contest with the places covered by 35 seconds and the winner decided by nine. Neve was the winner in the end, just ahead of visiting New Zealand WOC representative Jenni Adams, while Kirsten Fairfax completed the placings. Another visitor scored in W20 with Kendal Sutherland taking out the race.
Bruce Arthur’s route choice