Cross Country mountain bike racing (XC, XCO, XCC) is a complete test of bike riding skills and fitness. Action-packed and fun for all, races are relatively short and consist of multiple laps loaded with features such as technical climbs, rock-gardens, singletrack trails, roots, drop-offs and jumps.

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QLD XCO State Champs 2021

The 2021 AusCycling XCO State Championships – Queensland were held at Tyamolum Scout Camp, Anstead over the past weekend, with Brent Rees and Holly Lubcke reigning supreme on the west Brisbane dirt.

Rees’ (Inverell Mountain Bike Club) win caps a stellar two weeks for the Gold Coast-based rider, who has claimed the road and cross-country state title double after his road race win at Round 2 of the Queensland Team Road Series held in Gympie eight days earlier.

Rees was unmatchable during Sunday’s Elite Men’s XCO race, winning with a margin of +04:53.76 over hometown hero Ben Forbes (Kenmore Cycle Club).

2021 Queensland Cyclo-cross State Champion Declan Wharton (University of Queensland CC) rounded out the Elite Men’s podium in third, while Kyle Stewart (Bushrangers Sunshine Coast) took the honours in U23 Men ahead of Max Hobson (Balmoral CC).

Lubcke (Caloundra Off-Road Cycling Association) dominated the Elite Women’s race en route to notching both the Elite and U23 Queensland titles.

The Sunshine Coast-based Lubcke finished +10:29.14 ahead of Ashley Watling in second (University of Queensland CC) and Elise McDonald (RATS CC) in third.

Current Junior Men National Champion Joel Dodds (Ipswich CC) added a maroon jersey to the locker, winning by +06:41.99 ahead of a fast-finishing George Kirwan (Toowoomba Mountain Bike Club) in second and Declan Smythe (Sunshine Coast CC) on the final step of the podium.

In the Junior Women, it was Luca Turton (South Burnett MTB Club) who claimed the win in front of Shannon Petre (Moreton Bay CC) and Alanna van de Hoef (RATS CC).

Full results can be found here.

Pictures: Dylan Provan