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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.
As with all Melrose rides the 18hrs is eventful, relaxed and very social! Melrose has forged a reputation within the mountain bike community as a stress free destination with some great, hand made single-track. The 18hrs of Melrose exudes all of this with live music thrown in for good measure.
Ben Cory and Sarah Booth are the first elite series leaders for 2014 after the first RedAss NSW/ACT Downhill State Round at Tongarra near Wollongong on the weekend. The two downhill old hands competed in a record-field of racers at the brand new venue at Green Valleys Free Ride Park, which also hosted the XUP Gravity Festival on the Saturday night. In the U19's division Hamish Cowen from nearby Mt Keira claimed the win on the new downhill home track of his hosting Wollongong Mountain Bike Club.
Mountain bikers from across NSW converged on the picturesque South Coast town of Mogo which, through the efforts of the Eurobodalla Cyclists club, boasts a course that had riders raving and grinning from ear to ear.
Approximately 250 riders are expected to turn out for Round 3 of the Victorian Enduro Series to be held at Blores Hill Mountain Bike Park in Glenmaggie on Saturday 26th July. Run by Gippsland Mountain Bike Club (GMTB), the Gippsland 6 Hour has proven to be one of the most popular rounds of the series over the past 4 years.
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