Downhill race draws a trio of big names

Mountain biking Cameron Newbold ALBANY ADVERTISERAlbany Advertiser
Downhill race draws a trio of big names
Camera IconDownhill race draws a trio of big names Credit: Albany Advertiser

Junior world champion Tegan Molloy will headline a quality field of riders set to converge on Albany for the second edition of the Albany Urban Downhill event later this month.

Molloy who hails from Jindabyne, NSW, is one of the country's most talented downhill mountain bikers at just 19 years of age.

The teenager heads a list of three big name competitors announced by the marquee event so far with fellow female racer Holly Baarspul and young star Jackson Frew also confirmed starters for the race on May 23 and 24.

Molloy won the junior women category of the Downhill UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Norway last year and also dominated the junior women division of the UCI World Cup Series on the way to being crowned overall winner.

After her breakthrough 2014 year, Molloy recently graduated to the elite women category and last month finished 10th in the first round of the 2015 World Cup, which was also her first elite race.

Baarspul, who resides in Perth, has a wealth of experience in downhill mountain biking which includes being the 2009 under-19 downhill champion and making the Australian team for the downhill world championships in the same year.

Frew recently competed in his first World Cup event in France and performed extremely well to finish third in the junior men category.

He is one of Australia's most promising young riders and will be another star attraction at the popular event.

Albany Mountain Bike Club president Chris Idle said to secure three high-quality competitors was fantastic for the second annual event.

"Tegan and Jackson are big names and Holly is an ex-international rider so its huge," Idle said.

"We are expecting similar numbers to last year, if not a few more, so we should be around the 100 mark.

"We will have at least six to eight local boys racing.

"A big portion of guys will be here just to test themselves against the course but the top 10 in the elite category are still very competitive and will be trying pretty hard for the win."

Entries for the event, which is sponsored by the _Albany Advertiser _, close next Thursday at midnight.

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