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 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 even 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 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.
2014 Australian MTB Season Events
The National Series is in the start box with MTBA running these rounds. See you at the races.
Queensland wins hosting rights for the Oceania MTB Championships for 2015 and 2017.
The Australian Mountain Bike Championships will return to Bright, Victoria for 2015 and 2016.
Stay tuned, an exciting series is coming soon.
Australian Marathon MTB Championships to be run in Derby, Tasmania.
2 Oct 2014, 6:17pm
@antship @marathonmtb @stromloforest @rockytrailent @AMBMag mtba.asn.au/news/2249-addi…
2 Oct 2014, 6:13pm
@antship @marathonmtb @stromloforest @rockytrailent @AMBMag Previously cancelled, re-announced as XCO-only (paired wkend-Thredbo DH on Sun!)
2 Oct 2014, 6:11pm
@Contessa29er @marathonmtb @AMBMag We worked with our friends at @rockytrailent when setting date, we feel both events will be even bigger!
29 Sep 2014, 5:05pm
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