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Entries have now opened for the Cycling Australia and Mountain Bike Australia’s (MTBA) All Mountain and Gravity Cup Series.
As an innovative shift from previous seasons the Sport and Expert race categories have been brought together in the new category called ‘Challenge’.
The ‘Challenge’ category has been created for all ages over 13, gender or abilities. It is for those mountain bike enthusiasts in both Cross Country and Downhill who are not quite sure where their ability fits into the national competition. Racing in a no-pressure situation, riders can test their limits on the best national courses whilst being able to enjoy the professional series from the sidelines.
"MTBA welcomes the implementation of the brand new Challenge category which is aimed squarely at the less intense athlete who is looking for a challenge rather than a result," MTBA CEO Tony Scott said.
“Challenge athletes can still compare their lap times to Australia's best riders. The new category is age and gender neutral and at only $125 (for both the AMC and GC Series) represents great value - even more when pre-entry gives a massive 25% discount!" Scott said.
Another innovative initiative for the 2013 Series is the establishment of a Team classification. Stay tuned for details on how to get a team into the 2013 AMC and GC.
For the endurance athletes the All Mountain Cup returns, which last season was held in high regard for providing great value for money and adding another level of interest in the Stage Race type environment.
The AMC is a three round event made up of Olympic Cross Country (XCO), Cross Country Eliminator (XCE) and a Point to Point long distance race (XCP). Riders who have a need for speed and are focussed on racing downhill will complete technical challenges, jumps and berms in the Gravity Cup.
The dates and venues for the 2013 National MTB Series have now been set with two favourite venues, Mt Buller and Thredbo, to host rounds in the series as Bright's return as a stop on the Mountain Bike calender for the first time in more than a decade is sure to excite regular riders.
Welcoming back an old favourite in Mount Buller, this year will bring the full suite of All Mountain Cup events right into the village centre, using some brand new singletrack in the process.
Thredbo will greet riders with a refreshed Gravity Cup course, offering new jumps and berms to a track that is already a rider favourite. The Thredbo All Mountain Cup events will take riders on a journey through the Thredbo valley, along the banks of picturesque alpine rivers and through stunning alpine hills and valleys.
Finally, competitors head to Bright where Mystic Mountain will give riders a taste of truly steep, technical riding. Bright will bring mountain biking to the masses, with all events based on the edge of the township.
“The 2013 National Series is shaping up to be one of the best yet, with a series of locations that will really put the mountain back into mountain biking,” National Series Technical Director, Simon French said.
“From a technical point of view this is our best series offering in many years, all our courses will be fast, technical, challenging and enjoyable. This year we are offering a platform to prepare our very best for World-level competition, while at the same time providing a range of events that will allow weekend warriors to mix it up with the big guns of Australian mountain biking,” French added.
Dates to remember:
Round 1: Mt Buller, Vic, Jan 18th – 20th
Pre-entry discount ends: 2/1/2013
Pre entry closes: 9/1/2013
Round 2: Thredbo, NSW, Feb 8th – 10th
Pre-entry discount ends: 23/1/2013
Pre entry closes: 30/1/2013
Round 3: Bright, Vic, March 15th – 17th
Pre-entry discount ends: 27/2/2013
Pre entry closes: 6/3/2013
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Note: All the Series rounds are listed with the UCI for both Olympic format Cross Country and Downhill at a C2 level.
Photo: Troy Brosnan, courtesy of Russell Baker.
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