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Almost 300 riders participated in the final SHIMANO Mountain Bike Grand Prix Series event at Stromlo Forest Park. Many local riders claimed podium positions and two local riders took out the seven-hour elite endurance categories – Eliza Kwan was the winning female rider and Ed McDonald claimed the men’s race. In the four-hour competitions, Wendy Stevenson from Sydney won the elite women’s race and series title and Andrew Blair was the fastest elite male racer.
The fifth and final race of this year's SHIMANO Mountain Bike Grand Prix Series will summon more than 300 racers to Canberra's Stromlo Forest Park this Saturday. Organisers from Rocky Trail Entertainment expect a thrilling conclusion to the popular cross-country racing series that has seen a good 1500 riders cross their finish line since March. For 2015, a six-race series with headline sponsor SHIMANO Cycling Australia has already been confirmed to commence in early March next year.
Mother Nature loves to keep riders guessing in the lead up to the annual Nowra round of the Finish Line Singletrack Mind Series with last year’s race firstly postponed due to rain, then delivering dry but windy conditions for the race. Chocolate Foot has brought Mountain Bike riders to the Shoalhaven in every edition of this popular series, now in its 5th year, but early last week it was looking like the constant rain would lead to it being washed out. Thankfully the rain eased and race day dawned bright and sunny, and the 10.8km circuit was in exceptional condition for racing thanks to the hard work of the South Coast United MTB club.
Event Management Solutions Australia, Australia’s leading event promoters of the hugely successful SEQ Gravity Enduro Series is taking their Enduro format on a road trip this February. Starting in Mt Buller on February 1 the ROCKSHOX ENDURO CHALLENGE POWERED BY SRAM will see riders tackling a challenging series of stages with a combination of self powered and assisted liaison stages.
With a three-second victory at Stromlo Forest Park, Canberra's Rosemary Barnes secured herself the Elite Women's series title on the weekend's fifth round of the Australian Gravity Enduro Mountain Bike Series. Local favourite Ben Cory took out the Elite Men's win ahead of Dan MacMunn from Victoria, who defended his series lead and will have to go up against his closest contender for the overall win, Simon Buzacott from South Australia, in the final series event at in Cairns this October.
Round 5 of the Australian Gravity Enduro Series will be held in Canberra on 24 August. More than 200 mountain bike racers from all over the country are expected to compete in the popular new racing style of neutral up-hills and timed cross-country and downhill race runs at Stromlo Forest Park. Dan McMunn from Victoria currently leads the six-race series in the elite men's category and Canberra's Rosemary Barnes heads up the women's elite division.
Paris Basson and Brooke Rowlands are the GP4-hour elite winners of the SHIMANO Mountain Bike Grand Prix Round 4 at The Australian Botanic Garden, Mt Annan. In the GP7-hour competition turned out to be a nail-biter: Canberra's EdMcDonald persisted on the challenging track and won ahead of Quantum racers Michal Kafka and Ondrej Slezak. But it was Callum McNamara that attacked Max Richardson's series lead early on and with a fourth place ahead of the final series event on his home track at Stromlo Forest Park on 13 September, McNamara now draws level with Richardson taking over the series lead ex aequo with the newcomer from the Central Coast.
The MTB 24 hours of Rome is an unmissable event for any bike lover – from beginners to expert riders. The relay race takes place like always in the stunning “Parco degli Acquedotti” (Aqueducts Park) in Rome, one of the most beautiful places in the city: the arches of the ancient aqueduct, built by emperors Caligula and Claudio between 38 and 52 AD, will be the amazing background for the race that will take place on 12th, 13th and 14th of September 2014.
With wildly fluctuating forecasts in the lead up to the third round of the Finish Line Singletrack Mind MTB Series, competitors and the organisers Chocolate Foot were very pleased to be blessed with perfect weather including a light overnight shower which would add grip to the serpentine 12km ribbon of singletrack at Awaba MTB Park near Newcastle.
The Australian Botanic Garden at Mount Annan and their popular Enduro Trail will once again be the venue for a Rocky Trail event, namely round four of their SHIMANO Mountain Bike Grand Prix Series. More than 300 mountain bikers are expected to compete in the four and seven hour categories, racing solo or in teams of up to three riders, on Saturday next weekend, 9 August.
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