Number 11: Tracy Moseley
Last year’s position: N/A
Last year it was Steve Peat who finally captured a world title after several years of trying.
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This season it was Tracy Moseley’s turn to finally get her hands on the gold medal and rainbow jersey.
Moseley has been racing since 1994 but the Worlds had always eluded her. She had won the national title several times and had become a regular winner on the world circuit, winning rounds of the World Cup and the overall World Cup classification.
But when it came to the Worlds she has missed out. Two silver medals (at Rotorua in 2006 and Canberra last year) looked like they might be as good as it got.
But this year, at Mont-Sainte-Anne in Quebec, Canada, her dream finally came true.
Moseley beat three French riders, Sabrina Jonnier, Emmeline Ragot and Floriane Pugin, to become world champion at last.
And, like Peat a year ago, the mountain biking fraternity could not have been happier that one of the most consistent and long-serving competitors was finally crowned.
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