Tegan becomes state champion

THE RedAss NSW/ACT Downhill State Championships were held in Lithgow on the weekend and more than 160 riders competed on the "Pony Express" track, home of the Central Tablelands MTB Club. Jindabyne's Tegan Molloy is one of the new 2013 Elite State Champions.

Last year's elite winners Graeme Mudd and Sarah Booth from Newcastle both come in second place.After windy practice conditions on Saturday, a warm and calm race day awaited the competitors of the 2013 RedAss Downhill State Championships. Organisers Rocky Trail Entertainment had summoned downhill racers from all over NSW and the ACT with interstate visitors from QLD also attending the event. It was two riders from the Snowy Mountains region, Andrew Crimmins from Bredbo and Tegan Molloy from Jindabyne who clocked in the fastest elite race times of the day.Tegan Molloy took out the Elite women's title ahead of Sarah Booth from Newcastle and Michelle Crisp from Sydney. The 17-year-old is adding this win to her commendable achievements this year, including a Junior Women's third place at the UCI World Championships in South Africa and a podium placing at the UCI Downhill World Cup at Fort William.

"First I'm finishing up school now and then I want to keep training and racing in Australia and overseas", said the talented rider about her future plans. Molloy added that she will be ready to defend her Lithgow title at next year's Downhill State Championships, which will be held on her home track in Thredbo in April.

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