A crop of emerging Border mountain bike stars dominated the recent Mountain Bike Australia National Championships at Bright.
Three of four junior boys downhill events were won by Albury and Wodonga riders.
Wodonga's Ben Back claimed the under-13s title by less than a second with a final run of 57.822, fellow Wodonga rider Ryan Lalor captured victory in the under-15s in 4:07.504, while Albury's Ollie Davis continued the stellar weekend for the region in the under-17s with a time of 3:53.180, to prevail by more than two seconds.
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Beechworth's Kade Parkinson joined Davis on the podium in third position.
The region also experienced some success in the elite categories with Bright's Aaron Gungl finishing third in the men's downhill behind world number three Troy Brosnan with a 3:37.063, while another Border export in Kathryn McInerney placed third in both the XCO (Cross-country Olympic) and XCC (Cross-country Short Track) categories.
After missing nationals last year with a broken collarbone, Davis was thrilled to clinch his first major crown.
"I was training pretty hard and I really wanted to win this one. It's my best achievement so far," Davis said.
"I know the track pretty well, we do most of our training there and Mount Beauty."
However, he didn't have it all his own way, hitting a tree during his seeding run and qualifying fifth.
But Davis saved his best for last, posting his best time for the weekend to win overall.
Australian World Cup rider and Wooragee product Dean Lucas has been one of Davis' biggest mentors.
"He's moved away from Albury, but up until November last year he was looking after Ollie a fair bit and helping him out with sponsorship," Davis' father Aaron said.
"I think Dean sees a lot of potential in Ollie. Ollie went for a ride with Dean a long time ago and ever since then he's been in contact.
"Kathryn (McInerney) is a beautiful person who has helped out a lot of these kids. Her family was probably the reason Ollie and his brother got into mountain biking.
"There's also the Zwar boys from Yackandandah, Ollie and Ben, so there's guys in their early 20s and mid-20s that have been a fantastic influence for this younger generation.
"We're pretty lucky with the facilities we have and the local kids are dominating Australia-wide at the moment."