RANKIN Park's Cameron Ivory plans to contest the national series after winning the second Newcastle cyclocross at his first attempt.
Through rain and mud, the 21-year-old was superb at Newcastle Velodrome yesterday.
Sydney's Garry Millburn, who won the first Newcastle cyclocross in May, finished second, followed by Wangi Wangi's Chris Aitken.
Ivory rode a cyclocross bike for the first time on Saturday, but his mountain-biking experience for Australia shone through.
"I've done lots of mountain-biking with the national team overseas and you get conditions like that week in, week out," Ivory said.
"It was so much fun with all the spectators around with air horns.
"Every 20 metres or so you had to pick up the bike and run, so it was very tough."
So impressed was Ivory with his debut during the 10 laps of the two-kilometre course that he plans to enter round three of the national series at Manly on July 13.
Ivory took up road cycling recently to improve his fitness and build his case for inclusion in the Australian mountain bike team at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The city's second cyclocross attracted 84 riders.