and enjoy the benefits
Entries are now open for the VAUDE Highland Fling, a 100km MTB Marathon race
taking place in the Southern Highlands of NSW on 13 November 2005. Entry can be
made by visiting www.wildhorizons.com.au
The first 500 entrants receive a VAUDE Highland Fling daypack.
As well as a superb selection of product prizes there is $6000 cash up for grabs with $1000 going to each of the winning Elite men and women.
In other Fling news we are please to announce that VAUDE have signed up as Headline Sponsor for the event which is now known as the VAUDE Highland Fling. Whilst still a fairly small brand in Australia, the German based VAUDE are one of Europe's largest specialist outdoor equipment companies producing a huge range of packs, bike accessories, tents, sleeping bags and much more. Distributed in Australia by Rucsac Supplies, further details can be found on www.rucsac.com.au.
Other major sponsors of the VAUDE Highland Fling include Specialized mountain bikes and Forests NSW.
Entrants in the VAUDE Highland Fling have the option of competing in the Full Fling (100km solo), the Half a Fling (approx 55km) or the Flinging Threesomes (Teams of Three riding 27km, 44km and 29km respectively).
Hastings Valley Mountain Bike Riders are having a 12 hour on the weekend of the
27th / 28th of August at Port Macquarie (4 hours north of Sydney).
Its a 12 hour enduro with a bit of a difference, starting at Midnight Saturday and ending at Midday Sunday at the Telegraph Point track.
There is $800 of Decente clothing on offer for the winners of Solo Male and Solo Female and Cash Prizes for teams categories. There will be a big emphasis on fun for this event with everyone welcome and "Enduro Virgins" and kiddies encouraged. The track is not to hilly or long so it should suit all standards.
Camping will be on the football field under floodlights (big and flat!). There will be hot showers (gold coin donation), catering, music and all the works that you can usually expect at an Enduro and from the Port Club. More details will be posted soon.
The start and finish times should allow all travellers to get up or down here for the event.
Entry fees are $30 for Seniors, $10 for Juniors and day licenses $15 (if required).
The club has been busy playing with the track to add some "interesting" adjustments.
Come and have some fun !
There have been 2 additions to the national team to contest the World MTB
Championships to be held in Livigno, Italy 28 August – 4 September.
Wade Bootes has been added to the Elite 4X team and Joe Brewer is our sole Bike Trials Junior competitor. MTBA is aiding this developing sport by contributing funds to a manager position for Bike Trials so Joe can concentrate on his riding.
We wish all our athletes the very best in their competitions.
More information on the Worlds is available at the official website: www.livignobike.it/ eng
If you’re looking to reach active mountain bikers, the next issue of Mountain Biking
Australia next issue will suit you perfectly.
The October issue will include the MTBA Season Guide. This 16 page section will include everything that riders need to know to take part in the 2005/06 national MTB seasons for cross country, downhill, trials and mountain cross. There will be full page for every major event plus information about rules, series points, prize money and more. Advertising in this section is open to everyone.
1,000 copies of Mountain Biking Australia will be distributed amongst MTBA race promoters for them to give out free of charge to their competitors.
This special section will be an integral part of all 19,000 + copies of the October issue of Mountain Biking Australia, making it their biggest issue ever, both in length (116 pages) and distribution.
To find out more about how you can get involved, phone the new Sales Manager, Geoff Pollard, or Genevieve Latz on (02) 4274 4884.
Your key dates for Mountain Biking Australia Nov/Dec/Jan issue are:
Advertising booking deadline: Friday 2nd September
Advertising material deadline: Friday 9th September
MONT 24 advance copies Saturday 8th October
Newsagent On Sale Date: Friday 14th October
Or call MTBA on 0416 228 016
The Elite male and female team for DH and 4X has been selected.
The team is:
ELITE MEN DOWN HILL
1. Sam Hill (WA)
2. Nathan Rennie (QLD)
3. Chris Kovarik (QLD)
4. Jared Graves (QLD)
5. Michael Hannah (NSW)
6. Joel Panozzo (VIC)
7. Bryn Atkinson (VIC)
reserves (Justin Havukainen (NSW), Jared Rando (ACT))
ELITE WOMEN DOWN HILL
1. Claire Whiteman (ACT)
ELITE MEN FOUR CROSS
1. Sam Hill (WA)
2. Nathan Rennie (Qld)
3. Chris Kovarik (Qld)
4. Jared Graves (Qld)
5. Michael Hannah (NSW)
6. Joel Panozzo (Vic)
7. Bryn Atkinson (Vic)
reserves (Darren Pokoj (Qld), Justin Havukainen (NSW), Jared Rando (ACT))
ELITE WOMEN FOUR CROSS
1. Katrina Miller (NSW)
2. Claire Whiteman (ACT)
Good riding to all these athletes and those already announced. Do Australia proud!
On behalf of Mountain Bike Australia, the Geelong Mountain Bike Club committee
and members and all
mountain bikers that raced at the Ballan six-hour mountain bike race on Sunday we
would like to pass on our sincere
condolences to Melanie Grant and family on the tragic passing of her
husband, James Grant.
James was a very fit mountain biker who had contested the solo category at the Kona 24hr and in a team at the recent Crocodile Trophy, so his passing from a suspected massive heart attack is made even the more tragic.
Thanks to everybody that helped try to save James. Thanks to the Ambulance and Police for getting there promptly and rendering assistance and to all the competitors for being so co-operative when the race was stopped.
In a first for MTBA the national series promoters and hosts, together with some
leaders in sport media, promotion and event management will converge in Canberra
early August to discuss their role in the 2005/2006 national MTB series and
Tony Scott, EO for MTBA said, "The forum has been designed to help the series event promoters and clubs maximize the way they run their events on the 2005/ 2006 national MTB season. By holding the forum we will be able to gain a much better idea of the strengths and weaknesses of each of the series events and thus help the series hosts in delivering the very best event possible to the Australian mountain biking public. We have a wide range of speakers who will motivate the event hosts in a range of topics from working with the media, sourcing sponsorship, event presentation and management. We are very hopeful that this initiative will prove to be of value to Australian mountain biking."