British Cycling Federation Press Release 10/6/00
Subject: World Mountain Bike Championships, Sierra Nevada, Spain
There was disappointment for Britain in the Junior Men’s Downhill at the World Mountain Bike Championships when Yorkshire’s Paul Garrett crashed during his timed run. Garret, who qualified fifth fastest had been one of the fancied runners for the title, but hit problems half way down the four minute plus descent. He re-mounted by could only finish 26th.
Winner was Frenchman Julien Poomans, with Australian Michael Hannah second. The event turned into a French field-day as their riders filled five of the top seven places.
Leading Brit was Scotland’s Stu Thompson, who was 11th. Of the other GB riders, Dan Harper was 14th and Sam Furness 21st.
Junior Men’s Downhill
1 Julien Poomans Fra 4 mins 08.19 seconds
2 Michael Hannah Aus 4:08.42
3 Jean-Paul Labossiere Fra 4:10.65
4 Julien Camellini Fra 4:11.30
5 Christopher Hatton Fra 4:12.64
11 Stuart Thomson Gbr 4:16.34
14 Dan Harper Gbr 4:17.19
21 Sam Furness Gbr 4:20.48
26 Paul Garrett Gbr 4:22.63
Five of the best from Anne-Caroline
In the Elite Women’s Downhill it was business as usual for the matchless Anne-Caroline Chausson, (FRA) who picked up her fifth successive senior world title. She had to battle hard for her victory, though, as less than two seconds covered the first three places. In a repeat of the 1999 World Championship result, Katja REPO of Finland was second. Veteran American Marla Streb, 34, was third. Twenty-four year old Helen Mortimer of Britain once again showed her skill on world-class courses with a very smooth sixth place. Helen had been suffering from a cold all week and a seeding run puncture had further dampened her spirits, but on the day she was back to her best. Adele Croxon was 18th.
Elite Women’s Downhill
1 Anne-Caroline Chausson Fra 4 mins:18.13 seconds
2 Katja Repo Fin 4:19.26
3 Marla Streb Usa 4:20.03
4 Elke Bruitsaert Usa 4:22.33
5 Sabrina Jonnier Fra 4:27.36
6 Helen Mortimer Gbr 4:27.84
7 Nolvenn Le Caer Fra 4:28.91
8 Sari Jorgensen Sui 4:29.56
9 Missy Giove Usa 4:31.84
10 Sarah Stieger Sui 4:31.92
18 Adele Croxon Gbr 4:42.81
Philip Ingham, reporting for the British Cycling Federation