Comeback king, Mick Hannah, is the Australian National Champion. Though it was announced he was on GT last week, he was riding the Mongoose gear. He’s been off the bike for over a year, doing his own thing. If this is what he can do with a few weeks of riding, just wait until the World Cup season.
Mick Hannah takes the win over Jared Graves at the 2009 Australian National Championships in Canberra. Temperatures were in the millions of degrees and even the kangaroos where found taking a break at the local pub. The course used on Mt. Stromlo is the same track that will host the 2009 UCI World Champs, so you know this was a testing session for everyone. Many heavy hitters showed up, but Mick rode it home after a year-long absense. Kinda makes you wonder if those who committed last year, felt cheated this year.
Top 10, courtesy of Farkin.net:
1. Mick Hannah - 2:48.62
2. Jared Graves - 2:48.91
3 (tie) Ben Cory - 2:53.82
3 (tie) Amiel Cavalier - 2:53.82
5. Rick Boyer - 2:55.44
6. Bryn Atkinson - 2:55.77
7. Kaine Cannan - 2:55.94
8. Will Rischbieth - 2:56.15
9. Joshua Button - 2:57.10
10. Sam Hill - 2:57.53
1. Emmeline Ragot - 3:15.59
2. Julia Boer - 3:27.89
3. Claire Whiteman - 3:29.53
It was hot this year for the Nationals at Canberra. So hot you could fry an egg on the rocks. Lucky there are hundreds of Kangaroos on Mt Stromlo, and if you’re hungry, all you have to do is raid a Kangaroo nest for their eggs and you have an instant meal.
Sam Hill has gone with black for the new season’s colors. Black may be slimming to those with a spare tire, like Gordo, but a note to team manager Sean Heimdahl, black sucks when shooting photos in the forests of Europe. Maybe it’s a strategic decision. Sam will be more camoflauged in the woods, so riders can’t poach his lines.
Sam and Brendan are running 2010 RockShox Boxxers on their race bikes. Part of their race kits included 2010 Calvin Klein Boxers. They’re stoked on the rebound of their underwears, but the compression isn’t totally what they’d hoped for. They’ve been doing R&D with Marky Mark. So it is one underwear or a pair of underwears? The saga continues…