Following a highly successful 2013-14 season, Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) is excited to welcome you to the 2014-15 Subaru Australian Mountain Bike Season!
The competition has expanded both in the number of rounds, as well as geographically, to bring you the biggest and best season yet. We will travel to a host of new, exciting mountain biking destinations, as well as return to some crowd favourites, which will please riders and spectators alike. The National Series will see racing return to Western Australia and Queensland for the first time in a number of years. Keeping with this aim of a truly National series, Marathon competition will also be held in new territory, with events planned in Tasmania, the Northern Territory and South Australia.
Expect big names and fierce competition at the Australian Mountain Bike Championships, to be held in Bright Victoria, as well as the Oceania Championships, to be contested in Toowoomba QLD.
We hope that you're as excited as we are. Should you have any further questions, please drop us a line.
All the best to the riders of the 2014-15 Subaru Australian Mountain Bike Season.
Cross Country (XCO)
O is for Olympics. XCO is the mountain bike discipline in the Olympic Games and is short (ish), sharp and sweet in a painful kind of way. An XCO course will be between 4km and 6km in length and depending on your category, you’ll race for between 60 and 90 minutes. That means ample opportunity to lose your legs, find them again, nail the tricky bits and enjoy the descents.
Cross Country Marathon (XCM)
A cross country format event utilising a point-to-point or three lap course of between 60 and 100km in length. Variations to course length may be allowed at the discretion of the event commissaire…like if it rains (pours) or is insanely hot.
Cross Country Short Course (XCC)
Centred around the event village, short course is always a spectacle. Course length . Riders circle the course for 20 minutes regardless of laps, and then complete 2 laps after the 20 minute call. First rider across the line wins
DHI, the mighty DHI. You can race on any bike and it will be good for the skills. Pick a line and hope it’s a good one. The courses are between 1.5km and 3.5 km and you can generally rely on the shorter ones to be trickier. Total race time should be between two and five minutes.
Observed Trials (OT)
OT involves short, marked sections of track that include a variety of technical challenges. Riders are penalised via a sliding points scale for mistakes made while trying to ‘clean’ the section.