Nema’s Jared Graves Dominates the ’09 Oceania Championships!


Photo courtesy: Damian Breach

Escondido CA (March 26, 2009) Nema rider Jared Graves (Yeti / Fox Shox) dominated the 2009 Oceania MTB Championships this past weekend in Thredbo, New South Whales, Australia by pulling a double victory in both the 4X and downhill disciplines!

In the 4X, Graves was at ease on a fast and flowing track which included a variety of line options and gaps, albeit a bit on the short side.  Racing went really smooth for Graves as he qualified 1st by a full second, then proceeded to win every lap all day with ease. “I was in the final with 3 other BMX guys that all were riding well, so it was good fun,” said Graves.

In the downhill competition, riders had a bit of an interesting finals as it had warm & sunny conditions all week.  After qualifying first, in sunny conditions, the weather moved in.  It quickly became cold, overcast & windy.  As the last practice session began, the heavens opened and drenched the track.  Luckily the rains stopped for the men’s finals & Graves was able to put together a great run to take the win by 5 seconds!

“I was pretty pumped to qualify 1st in both events, and back them up with winning when it counted as well…” exclaimed an excited Graves, “it was a perfect weekend!”

Graves is now in final preparation for an exciting start to the UCI World Cup season starting in just a few short weeks in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa!

Elite Men Downhill

1. Jared Graves – 6:13.65  [NEMA]
2. Wyn Masters – 6:18.81
3. Joshua Button – 6:19.44
4. Benjamin Cory – 6:19.57
5. Nathan Rennie – 6:19.89

Elite Men 4X

1 Jared Graves  [NEMA]
2 Ryan Henderson
3 Leigh Darrell
4 Alex Lloyd

About the company…

Through its roster of high profile athletes, Nema International is recognized as a leader in riding & racing apparel for the mountain bike community.  Nema has continued to define the mountain bike apparel category, all the while staying true to the original goal… the product – fusing function & fashion for the world of mountain biking.  For more information, visit Nema’s website at

source: Dylan Dean

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