Bec and Dan McConnell just miss medals at Oceania mountain bike championships
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Bec and Dan McConnell just miss medals at Oceania mountain bike championships

Canberra duo Rebecca and Dan McConnell have fallen just short of medals at the Oceania mountain bike championships at Signal Hill in Dunedin.

Rebecca McConnell held the lead early but faded to finish fourth and just over two seconds outside medal contention, crossing the line in 1:31:53 in the elite women's event won by Wellington's Samara Sheppard.

Canberra couple Rebecca and Daniel McConnell.

Canberra couple Rebecca and Daniel McConnell.

Dan McConnell says his "body never really got going" as he came fifth (1:28.34) in the elite men's category, with Christchurch rider Anton Cooper claiming gold.

Rebecca McConnell took to Instagram to thank her supporters and says she doesn't have much time to dwell on the result with an Australian championship defence looming.

"I don't have a lot of positives to take from my race today but I'm going to have to turn it around pretty quickly because I really love my Aussie Champs jersey and I have to fight for it in 2 weeks time," McConnell wrote.

Caden Helmers

Caden Helmers is a sports reporter for The Canberra Times

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