In the year that the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup returns to the hallowed grounds of Cairns, we welcome you to the new 2014 Subaru Australian Mountain Bike Season.
The inclusion of the mighty Real Insurance XCM Series means that fresh new destinations and events have been developed and the televised series of each of the big four formats of our sport (Downhill, Cross Country Eliminator, Cross Country Olympic and Cross Country Marathon) are all together for the first time.
This season we start the move toward heading to towns that are not only dear to mountain bikers but are places that serve as destinations for families and friends looking for a great weekend away. From being able to race the opening round at Eagle Park then spend some time watching the stars of world road cycling at the Tour Down Under (and a thrilling city-based Cross Country Eliminator course), relaxing by the Ovens River in Bright at the National Championships to riding the epic handcrafted trails of Atherton while holidaying at the World Cup in Cairns the season is filled with highlights for riders and non-riders alike. There's been some big changes so you might have some questions about how it's all going to play out. If so, drop us a line and we'll be happy to help.
All the best to the riders of the 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 Eliminator (XCE)
The smash fest for the sprinters who ride with their elbows out. XCE is a short course up to 1km in length. Riders race in groups of four and the first two go through. The course may include a range of natural and artificial obstacles or, in the case of Adelaide, be in the city.
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.
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 (Adelaide) and five minutes (Thredbo).
2014 Australian MTB Season Events
The National Series is in the start box with MTBA running these rounds. See you at the races.
The Champs have found a home.
The much anticipated return of the mighty Real Insurance XCM Series. Five stops with some old favourites and a handful of new destinations. New distances, new terrain and all the adventure the marathon format can offer.
Another reason to go mountain biking in the Land of the Long White Cloud.
Race three of the Real Insurance XCM Series will also feature the 2014 Australian Marathon MTB Championships in Mt Joyce, Queensland.
In April 2014, 20 years later and as the bookend of the Subaru Australian Mountain Bike Season, we're headed back there. Over six months the Smithfield trails have been primped and preened by the World Trail crew and the venue has had a lick of paint. It's all shoulders to the wheel as all the pieces of this epic event come together.
10 Mar 2014, 11:05am
Top 3 women after lap 1/3 @realxcm Melissa Anset leads from Jo-Anne Bennett and Sarah Riley #mtbnats #BrightVIC
10 Mar 2014, 11:04am
Top 3 men after lap 1/3 @realxcm Adrian Jackson lead from Sam Chancellor and @dylancooper_net #mtbnats #BrightVIC
10 Mar 2014, 11:01am
Reigning Aus marathon champ @jasonaenglish on the startline, he's 4th after lap 1 @realxcm #mtbnats #brightvic pic.twitter.com/Xb1Xpeqa9S
10 Mar 2014, 10:59am
The @RealXCM series is underway with Rd 1 at #BrightVIC on course, results online at mtb.subaru.com.au/xcm-series/res… #mtbnats