2014-2015 Subaru Australian Mountain Bike National Series
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Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) is thrilled to announce the details of the Subaru Australian Mountain Bike Series for 2014-2015. The Subaru Australian Mountain Bike Series is the pinnacle series for the sport in Australia and is a key pathway for competitive riders to reach international competition.
Following on from a highly successful 2013-14 Series, MTBA will deliver a truly National Series in 2014-2015. The competition has been expanded both geographically, as well as the number of rounds. It will now encompass five Australian states/territories.
“The growth of the Subaru Australian Mountain Bike Series for 2014-15 and 2015-16 reflects the thriving nature of mountain biking across Australia” expressed Shane Coppin, Executive Officer of MTBA.
“We have worked hard with partner clubs and organisations to ensure that the series expands geographically, with both seasons stretching across Australia and visiting both Western Australia and Queensland for the first time in a number of years.
“Keeping with this aim of taking National events to a variety of exciting mountain bike destinations, we have plans for XCM events in South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory.
“It is also important that we recognise the importance of our clubs who are valuable partners in delivery of our national events”.
You Yangs Mountain Bike Club will host the first round, which gets underway on 12-14th December, 2014 with Downhill, Cross Country and Cross Country Short Circuit action taking place in the You Yangs Regional Park in Victoria. In an exciting partnership, the opening round of the series for Downhill riders will also be the opening round of the highly-successful Victorian State Downhill Series, with riders accruing points and prizes in both series for a single entry fee.
The series will continue with rounds in Western Australia, Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, and then finish on a high note with the final round being held in conjunction with the 2015 Oceania Mountain Bike Championships in Toowoomba, QLD.
Please note that event schedules are being finalised and will be available before the end of October.
2014-2015 Subaru Australian Mountain Bike Series & Championships Dates
Note: All National Series rounds will be UCI Cat 2 events.
|12 – 14 Dec 2014||You Yangs, VIC||DHI, XCO, XCC|
|24 – 25 Jan 2015||Pemberton, WA||XCO (Double-header – two rounds - one each day)|
|6 – 8 Feb 2015||Thredbo, NSW||DHI|
|7 Feb 2015||Mt Stromlo, ACT||XCO, XCC|
|27 Feb – 1 Mar 2015||Toowoomba, QLD||DHI, XCO, XCC - In association with the 2015 Oceania Championships.|
|12 – 15 Mar 2015||Bright, VIC|| National Championships- DHI, XCO, XCE, Trials
- Stand alone event separate to Series
Entries for the 2014/15 Subaru National Series are now open online so get excited for the best ever series!
An outline of the various entry rules and event specifics can be found below.
- Dates/Locations/Rounds/Closing Dates
- Enter the Series and WIN a week at the 2015 World Champs!
- 10% Discount
- Coupon Codes
- Pemberton Bonus
- Category Names
- XCE Changes
- Victorian Downhill (VDHS)
- U13 DHI Category
- Entries to the National Championships, XCM Championships and Oceanias
- Age Category Classification
- Full Technical Regulations
You Yangs, VIC : Entries close 8pm Monday, 8 December 2014
Pemberton, WA : Entries close 8pm Monday, 19 January 2014
Thredbo, NSW : Entries close 8pm Monday, 2 February 201
Mt Stromlo, ACT : Entries close 8pm Monday, 2 February 2014
Toowoomba, QLD : Entries close 8pm QLD TIME Monday, 23 February 2015 (For National Series only. Oceania entries close 8pm Friday, 20 February 2015)
All rounds are UCI Category 2 listed for both XCO & DHI disciplines.
This year we are giving riders the chance to win a very special prize pack for entering the Series, with airfares, accommodation, car hire and tickets for two up for grabs to attend the 2015 MTB World Championships in Andorra.
Every rider that enters the National Series will go into the draw to win. Even better - the more events you enter the more entries you will have in the draw - if you enter four events you will have four chances at winning.
The prize will be drawn on Sunday 1 March 2015 during the final round in Toowoomba.
We have updated our event entry system this year to allow a simpler, more streamlined process, which will allow riders to enter all events in one place, and with one payment.
And, we are offering a discount to riders who enter three or more rounds!
If you are planning to enter three or more DHI or XCC rounds, do so before 8am Monday, 8 December 2014 and you will receive 10% off your overall entry fee.
Similarly, if you are planning to enter three or more XCO rounds, do so before 8am Monday, 19 January 2015 and you will receive 10% off your overall entry fee.
Please note, to avoid being charged for a day licence your MTBA licence must be valid until the time of your last race in the series that you are entering.
Should you renew or join after entering, a refund can be made available at the venue on presentation of your licence.
Some riders will also have been issued with coupon codes, which were won during the 2014 National Series, and these will allow for additional discounts during the entry process.
To take advantage of these discounts, riders will need to enter their promotional code for each round when they register.
Riders are also eligible to receive a 10% discount for entering the two Pemberton XCO rounds, as a value benefit for entering two rounds on the same weekend.
Both rounds offer separate UCI points and prize money for UCI categories.
Category names for 2014/15 have also been updated to reflect the UCI Age categories, with the traditional MTBA category following in brackets. For example: Veterans is now “Mens Masters 1/2" and appears as
Mens Masters 1/2 (Veteran)
This is simply a name change however, and will not affect riding or racing in any way!
This year there are important changes regarding XCE events.
Following a review of suggestions brought forward by various MTBA members, we have decided to replace XCE events for the 2014/15 National Series Rounds with always popular Cross Country Criterium (XCC, short track).
Short Track XC gives both riders more race time, and spectators some action-packed racing to see.
Races will be conducted at the following rounds: You Yangs, VIC (December 12-15, 2014), Mt Stromlo (February 7, 2015) and Toowoomba, QLD (February 27 - March 1, 2015) and races will be conducted in the following categories for both men and women: Elite, Open, Veteran, Masters, Super Masters and Grand Masters, with U23, U19 and U17 categories combined into race groups.
Please note that currently Short Track XC races will not at this stage accrue UCI points, but we are exploring the possibility of UCI Cat 3 points for these events.
While there will be XCE Elite Male and Elite Female races at the 2015 National Championships, to replace the XCE races at levels other than elite we will be conducting Short Track XC races.
Series winners will be awarded with medals, jerseys and free entry into the 2015/16 National Series and Series leader jerseys will be awarded at each round. 2nd and 3rd place in the series will receive medals and 50% & 25% discounts respectively into the 2015/16 National Series.
At the You Yangs round in Victoria, a separate Sport category is being offered as this is part of the VDHS series only.
We are offering an U13’s DHI category this year for the national series!
All entries for U13's will be reviewed by an MTBA Gravity Representative and event organisers, riders and their coaches may be asked to submit an event history or other riding details, and in some cases undergo a ride orientation or assessment before being able to compete.
Final event participation is subject to approval of the MTBA Gravity Representative’s approval for rider ability.
Please note, entries for the National Championships, XCM Championships and Oceanias will open in December 2014.
All race categories will use the 31 December 2015 as the age cut off for the entire series. View Series eligibility here.
The full Technical Regulations for the Series can be viewed here. The 2014-15 Subaru Australian MTB Series Regulations overrides the rules published in the 2011 National Technical Regulations.