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    Surely Rowney, Ronning and Sharples must get a mention
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    Cadel would be in the top 5 but somewhere at the bottom of it, his biggest results in mtb were age-group bronze and silvers.

    Sam Hill, Jared Graves, Katrina Miller (is probably our winningest mountainbiker by a long stretch),Kovarik, that should round out the 5

    IMO then you've got Michael Ronning, Nathan Rennie, Miles Davis, Paul Rowney, Scott Sharples, Joel Panozzo, Tai-Lee Muxlow and quite a few more plus a bit of daylight before you can start considering today's grey templed enduro XC specialists.
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    The old guys are coming out of the woodwork! I can't believe Rowney has only popped up now. Katrina Miller (even though she was born in NZ), though as floody mentions, she has won absolute shitloads. Scotty Sharples is a legend. I'd put Gordo in there also. He's well 'ard. Dunno about number 5. I shall ponder...

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    Quote Originally Posted by floody View Post
    Cadel would be in the top 5 but somewhere at the bottom of it, his biggest results in mtb were age-group bronze and silvers.
    I dunno, I would have thought winning the world cup a couple of times might rank up there somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mik_git View Post
    I dunno, I would have thought winning the world cup a couple of times might rank up there somewhere.
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    1st U-17 XC Australian MTB Champion

    1994
    1st U-19 XC Australian MTB Champion
    2nd U-19 XC Mountain Bike World Championships

    1995
    3rd U-19 XC Mountain Bike World Championships
    3rd Individual Time Trial Juniors World Championship

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    1st XC Australian MTB Champion
    3rd U-23 XC Mountain Bike World Championships
    9th Atlanta Olympics Mountain Bike Race

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    1st XC Australian MTB Champion
    2nd U-23 XC Mountain Bike World Championships

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    1st Overall Mountain Bike World Cup

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    1st Overall Tour of Tasmania
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    1st Young rider's competition Tour Down Under
    1st Overall Mountain Bike World Cup
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    Agreed! Without the likes of Cadel Evens and the countless Aussie DH's in the earlier days of MTB Australia wouldn't have the scene it does today. Whilst I probably wouldn't put Cadel as No.01 he is deff a Top 3.
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    All good names mentioned so far and I'll throw Shaun McCarroll into the mix as well. Still killing it at his recent race appearances.

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    Jason English (Really just dominates)
    Brett Bellchambers (Has a beard and no gears)
    Scott Sharples (Paved the way and coached Ozzie DH riders to the top)
    Sam Hill (Best flat pedal rider ever and inspired me to ride harder)
    Tai Lee Maxlow (She couldn't be beaten for a long time in Australian DH)
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    You know I actually forgot about Cadel's world cup wins. Still stand behind it, top 5 for sure but not the greatest ever.
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    Just to mix things up a bit, what if you changed "top" to "most influential?"

    Would Aussie mountain biking be where it is today without Damien Grundy and Scott Sharples coaching the high performance teams? Throw in whoever it was that got the funding to do that int he first place?

    also throw in Gudex, she was our 3rd ranked rider in both DH and XC and while she couldn't match it with Miller and Maxlow for top places on the podium she certainly knew/knows how to get cross marketed in main stream media thus must have at least planted the seed for other women to get into the sport
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    My five below, but I can't believe no one has mentioned Rob Eva before me.

    Cadel Evans
    Paul Rowney
    Rob Eva (he'd race XC on the Sat then DH on the Sunday)
    Nathan Rennie
    Chris Kovarik

    Notable exclusions;

    Trent Lowe
    Scott Sharples
    Johnny Waddell
    Sam Hill
    Craig Gordon
    Jared Graves
    Sid Taberlay
    Mary Grigson
    Wade Boots (I know he was a BMXer but he trail blazed with courage)

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