Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) is excited to confirm the location and date for the 2017 Australian Mountain Bike Championships for XCO, DHI and OT, which will be held within 30 minutes of the Gold Coast.
MTBA CEO Shane Coppin announced that Canungra in Queensland will host the 2017 MTB National Championships from 16 to 19 March 2017.
“It is the first time MTBA has held the combined XCO, DHI and OT National Championships in South East Queensland,” Mr Coppin said.
This exciting new privately owned venue is located 15 minutes from the township of Canungra and 40 minutes from the centre of the Gold Coast. The event village will be situated on two flat areas with ridges rising on three sides forming a natural amphitheatre. The expansive village site will provide ample room for the pit area, OT sections, spectator viewing, and catering areas. The village atmosphere will add to what is expected to be some great racing
The Downhill trail has been developed with the assistance of Australian downhill legends Chris Kovarik and Nathan Rennie and has more than 500m of elevation. The short and steep shuttle road is completely contained within the property and will provide a fast turnaround for riders. The volcanic range and loamy red soil provides some serious rock garden action linked together with fast rhythm sections containing plenty of opportunity for massive air and high speeds. The trails is 40% machine built being fast and 60% hand groomed leaving bits raw, rough and off camber. Riders will not get a rest for the expected 3 and half minutes the track is expected to take. Spectators will have easy access to whole track but much of the focus will be at the last rock garden, which will provide a spectacular test of rider’s skills and is only 300 meters from the finish area.
The XCO track will utilise more than half of the total elevation of the property and runs mostly through open forest. It is sure to provide a true test for all riders. There is a gruelling climb with 3 technical sections that is expected to challenge the best riders. The descents will provide some fast flowing sections to keep the entertainment level high. With the finishing straight extending 200m through the event village and a fire road proving access to the entire course, spectators will have prime viewing opportunities.
“Southeast Queensland has many years of history in hosting national-level mountain bike events”, said MTBA President Russ Baker. “2017 presents us with an exciting new opportunity in terms of hosting a National Championships in conjunction with a private landowner on trails developed with the assistance of experienced national riders.”
The event will see more than 700 riders from across the country converge on the Gold Coast for the four days to compete in a variety of disciplines including cross-country, downhill and observed trials.