BENDIGO'S Peta Mullens and Jack Haig won silver at the weekend's national mountain bike championships in Bright.
The reign of both as national cross-country champions was ended in hard-fought contests on the daunting climbs and tricky descents.
Mullens raced to the line a time of 1hour 47.05minutes.
The Wiggle Honda rider was 59 seconds behind Rebecca Henderson.
After starring on the road in the Tour Down Under and Jayco Herald Sun Tour, Haig was back on the hills.
He raced to second place in the under-23 final in 1:33.36. Haig was 33 seconds behind Cameron Ivory.
Strathdale's Chris Hamilton was fifth and Strathfieldsaye's Tasman Nankervis was 10th.
Mullens and Haig were monthly winners in the Bendigo Bank-backed Bendigo Advertiser-WIN TV Sports Star of the Year for 2013-14.