Andrew crowned National champ

BREDBO'S Andrew Crimmins has been crowned the 2014 Junior Australian National Mountain Bike Champion.

The 2014 Australian National Mountain Bike Championships were held from March 6 to 9 at Bright, Victoria- one of Andrew's favourite tracks.

It is extremely steep, fast and technical with little pedaling and is one of the very few downhill tracks in Australia that can be compared to some of the International World Cup tracks.

With the track dusty and slippery in some parts, especially the final corner before the finish line where a lot of riders came to grief within sight of the finish line, Andrew managed to have a very clean, albeit conservative run.

He knew it all depended on having enough speed but also staying on the bike which he managed to do to take the title in a time of 3:50.27, nearly seven seconds ahead of second place.

Andrew was happy with his result and is now looking forward to heading to South Africa in April for the first World Cup round.

"I'm so stoked to win the Champs in my first year in Juniors," he said.

"This is what I've been working towards since the beginning of the series."

Unfortunately, Andrew's older brother Thomas did not compete suffering from tonsillitis and was unable to practice for the first two days.

During practice on Saturday he aggravated an injury and decided he would be unable to compete in the race on Sunday.

Thomas wanted to rest before heading to New Zealand to ride the following Wednesday.

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