Tokyo Olympics here you come!!!
We are very proud to share the news that Rebecca McConnell will be the first Australian women to make three Olympic Games in cross-country mountain bike along with her husband Daniel McConnell who becomes the first Australian to make four Olympic Games in the same discipline.
Long time supporters of the Duo Classic will know that the Duo Classic was first run in 2012, to raise funds to send Rebecca (nee Henderson) to compete in the European race season in pursuit of securing Australia’s Olympic spot, and her own Olympic debut. The Duo Classic is still run by Bec, in partnership with her mum Leanne and her brother Jack, and is still a contributing source of funding for her ongoing racing career.
At 20-years-old, Rebecca made her Olympic debut at the 2012 London Olympic Games. In 2013 she turned professional and won the Under 23 World Cup series. Bec is an eight time Elite National Champion as well as a Commonwealth Games Bronze medalist from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
In 2016 she made her first Elite World Cup podium appearance at home in Cairns with an incredible 3rd place that she still considers a career highlight and later that year made her second Olympic Games in Rio 2016. It was a race she would sooner forget. In 2018 Bec withdrew from the World Cup series mid season and took a three month break due to illness.
In 2019 she returned to the World Cup circuit and rewarded her long term supporters with a 2nd place in the second round of the World Cup. She made it to the podium again in the final round of the World Cup and her consistency over the season paid off with 5th place in the World Cup Overall and made Australian history at the World Championships becoming the first Australian to medal at the Elite World Championships with a Bronze medal.
In 2020 she backed up these performances again with Bronze at the 2020 World Championships and showed that she is becoming a regular on the podium at the highest level.
Tokyo will be Bec’s third Olympic Games.
Bec currently rides for the Primaflor Mondraker X-Sauce team based out of Murcia, Spain.
Daniel McConnell began cycling at 13 years of age and made his first Australian Team in 2002. At the age of 23, McConnell made his Olympic debut at the 2008 Beijing Games. Dan has been racing Internationally every year since 2002 and has made his life and career racing in Europe.
Dan made his second Olympic team in 2012 at the London Games but his breakthrough came in 2013, when, in his first year as a signed professional, Dan won the opening round of the 2013 World Cup. It was a phenomenal race and result and was the beginning of Dan’s consistent World Cup Podium results.
In 2013, 2014 Dan finished second and third in the World Cup Overall series. In 2014 Dan also won a Bronze Medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
In 2016 Dan was in peak form for the Rio Olympic Games however a mechanical ruined his chances of a result on the day.
He is a nine time Elite National Champion and has represented Australia in16 World Championships.
Tokyo will be Dan’s fourth Olympic Games.
Dan currently rides for the Primaflor Mondraker X-Sauce team based out of Murcia, Spain.
Dan races on Monday 26 July and Bec races on Tuesday 27 July.
Visit the Australian Olympic Team site and the Tokyo Olympic website.
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