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Chris Aitken and Katherine Hosking claim Australian elite cyclocross titles

Cofidis' Spanish rider Ion Izaguirre Insausti cycles in a lone breakaway in the final ascent of the Col de la Croix Rosier during the 12th stage of the 110th edition of the Tour de France cycling race, 169 km between Roanne and Belleville-en-Beaujolais, in central-eastern France, on July 13, 2023. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP)

Cyclocross newcomer Katherine Hosking (Orbea Women’s Racing) and long-time contender Chris Aitken (MAAP/Sixpence Coffee CX) rode their way into the green and gold bands of national champions on Saturday, claiming  the elite victories at the AusCycling Cyclocross National Championships on a muddy course in Ballarat.

Mountain biker Hosking, who threw herself into cyclocross this season, relished the conditions, with rain leaving competitors waking up to slippery, sticky, drivetrain coating mud. She took off out the front early and held firm out the front to claim a solo victory, crossing the line 30 seconds ahead of her nearest rival, Miranda Griffiths.

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