Jindabyne's Tegan Molloy has taken home the bronze medal in the UCI Junior Women's Downhill at the World Championships held in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
Tegan's race run improved by over 10 seconds from her timed run, allowing her to snatch the bronze medal ahead of a French rider. The track is the fastest on the World Cup circuit with large jumps, rock gardens and an uphill pedalling section. The track was dry and dusty which suited the Australian team well.
Tegan said, "My run was loose, particularly in the top section that was blown out, I am so stoked with the result".
Tegan has been training hard with Manuella from High Country Fitness in Jindabyne and all her hard work and dedication has paid off.
The Kona Factory Team Rider began riding at Thredbo when she was 12-years-old, and credits her result to years of practice on the Thredbo "Cannonball Run" downhill track, along with multiple events throughout the country and the help of the Thredbo MTB instructors.
Being part of a successful Australian MTB team has been the highlight of Tegan's riding career. The team bought home seven medals; five of which were in downhill.
Tegan had a little time to take her mind off racing with a visit to a game park, go-karting and paint-balling. It's back to reality now as she must get back into her study in preparation for her HSC this year.
This summer Tegan will compete at the NSW state championships, as well as the Victorian state series and the national series.