Is Mercury lifting its news from online site Cyclingnews.com

It would appear that the Mock has lifted a report about Tassie’s Wildside MTB event from online cycling bible, Cyclingnews.com. 

Check out the time the respective reports were covered….....

The Mock - February 03,  2010 07:51a.m

Cycling News - February 2,  2010 02:59, 

The give away here is the author of the Mock report has merely mixed and matched a few of the Cyclingnews.com. quotes however most of the lines are clearly word for word directly lifted from Cyclingnews.com. 

Just a few examples from the articles below….......... 

“While Australian national champion Daniel O’Connell, hung on by the barest of margins to claim a maiden title to grace the top step of Wildside’s winners podium with a slender eight-second advantage, it was Taberlay’s performances over the four-day event which captured the hearts and won the accolades of many supporters. The US-based professional finished the classic with six victories from the seven stages on offer, yet had to settle for seventh position on the General Classification” (The Mercury). 

“While McConnell graced the top step of Wildside’s winner’s podium with a slender eight second advantage, it was Taberlay’s performances over the four-day event which captured the hearts and won the accolades of many supporters.The US-based professional finished the classic with six victories from the seven stages on offer, yet had to settle for seventh position on the general classification.”(Cyclingnews.com)

And…

“The 30-year-old Taberlay will look back on the horrendous mechanical problems suffered on day two, when the four-time winner lost huge time as a result of a series of punctures. It was a sequence of events which ultimately cost him overall success. “That tells me I need to take some extra spare tubes and that luck wasn’t with me,” Taberlay said. (The Mercury)

“The 30-year-old Tasmanian will reflect on horrendous mechanical problems suffered on day two, when the four-time winner lost so many minutes as a result of a series of punctures. The sequence of events ultimately cost him the title.“That tells me I need to take some extra spare tubes and that luck wasn’t with me”, said Taberlay. (Cyclingnews.com)

Oh dear.

The Mock article does not credit Cyclingnews.com at all

Good on the mock for caring enough to publish a report on Wildside.

However should readers be satisfied that a local paper is giving the appearance that they are out and about covering local sporting events when they are infact just lifting their reports from elsewhere?

Surely the least the Mock could do is credit the original source of the report.

C’mon Mock, on your bike! 

The Mock’s story.

Taberlay falls short

Andy Davidson of Queensland heads the pack on Ocean beach. Pic: RICK EAVES

February 03, 2010 07:51am

LOCAL legend Sid Taberlay stole the show in the final stage of Pure Tasmania Wildside MTB in Strahan yesterday.

While Australian national champion Daniel O’Connell, hung on by the barest of margins to claim a maiden title to grace the top step of Wildside’s winners podium with a slender eight-second advantage, it was Taberlay’s performances over the four-day event which captured the hearts and won the accolades of many supporters.

The US-based professional finished the classic with six victories from the seven stages on offer, yet had to settle for seventh position on the General Classification.

The 30-year-old Taberlay will look back on the horrendous mechanical problems suffered on day two, when the four-time winner lost huge time as a result of a series of punctures.

It was a sequence of events which ultimately cost him overall success.

“That tells me I need to take some extra spare tubes and that luck wasn’t with me,” Taberlay said.

“I’m satisfied, I’m riding well. The season has only just started and I’m looking forward to heading back to the US and have some good form over there.”

O’Connell finished third on the 36km final stage behind Taberlay and fellow-Tasmanian Ben Mather, but had enough up his sleeve to head the overall standings and keep his Torq teammate and under-23 Victorian Steele Von Hoff in second place just eight seconds behind.

The 24-year-old O’Connell, from Melbourne, was threatened by Paul van der Ploeg but he couldn’t make up the 29 second deficit required for overall success.

“The top three was close, but I just had to mark Paul.” O’Connell said after crossing the finish line. O’Connell will now focus on the mountain bike World Cup series.

Canberra rider Heather Logie won the women’s category by clinching the final stage and extending her overall lead to 2m53s from Launceston’s newly-crowned national champion Rowena Fry.

“I think that could have easily been Rowena’s leg. It was tough so both of us were working really hard and she seriously deserves it too,” Logie explained.

The final stage featured a spectacular race along Ocean Beach on Tasmania’s west coast which took in the notorious Hells Gates and the gateway to Macquarie Harbour.

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McConnell scrapes home despite another Taberlay victory

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Cycling News

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February 2, 02:59,

Updated:

February 2, 15:13

Logie and Fry take it to the line
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Australia’s national champion Daniel McConnell hung on by the barest of margins to claim a maiden title in Wildside MTB, a mountain bike stage in Tasmania, but not before being upstaged by local legend Sid Taberlay who raced to victory on the final stage of competition in Strahan.

Meanwhile, Canberra rider Heather Logie won the women’s category by clinching the final stage and extending her overall lead to 2:53 from Launceston’s newly-crowned national champion Rowena Fry.

The two category toppers were unexpected victors at race’s beginning but proved that consistency is the key to taking one of the country’s toughest MTB events.

While McConnell graced the top step of Wildside’s winner’s podium with a slender eight second advantage, it was Taberlay’s performances over the four-day event which captured the hearts and won the accolades of many supporters.

The US-based professional finished the classic with six victories from the seven stages on offer, yet had to settle for seventh position on the general classification.

The 30-year-old Tasmanian will reflect on horrendous mechanical problems suffered on day two, when the four-time winner lost so many minutes as a result of a series of punctures. The sequence of events ultimately cost him the title.

“That tells me I need to take some extra spare tubes and that luck wasn’t with me”, said Taberlay. “I’m satisfied, I’m riding well. The season’s only just started and I’m looking forward to heading back to the US and having some good form over there.”

McConnell finished third on the 36km final stage behind Taberlay and fellow Tasmanian Ben Mather, but had enough up his sleeve to head the overall standings and keep his Torq teammate and under 23 Victorian Steele Von Hoff in second place - just eight seconds behind.

McConnell’s main threat came from Paul van der Ploeg, who couldn’t make up the 29 second deficit required for overall success. “The top three were pretty close, but I just had to mark Paul,” said McConnell immediately after crossing the finish line. “We had a strong team with Steele in second so we had to mark Paul and hold the gap.”

The open women’s category was a race of two riders, with Logie and Fry maintaining close contact throughout the four days, the pair embracing in an emotional display of celebration at the finish line.

“I think that could have easily been Rowena’s leg. It was tough so both of us were working really hard and she seriously deserves it too,” Logie explained at the finish.

The final stage featured a spectacular race along Ocean Beach on Tasmania’s west coast which took in the notorious Hell’s Gates and the gateway to Macquarie Harbour.

With the huge surf breaks of the Southern Ocean providing a stunning backdrop, the elite men raced across the wet sands in their bid to gain superiority.

Mather broke away from the group of a dozen rivals and opened what seemed, an unbeatable margin, before battling the last section of racing over gravel roads.

But the part time road racer was caught and overtaken by Taberlay, who produced an amazing turn of speed and finished at the Strahan finish unchallenged. Mather came home 37 seconds behind with McConnell heading the chase group 48 seconds in arrears.

McConnell’s overall conquest completes a memorable month for the 24-year-old Melbourne rider, who won the national title held in the Adelaide Hills in January. His next racing season will revolve around racing in the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup series