Mountain Bike Australia are pleased to present the inaugural 2017 Schools National Championships presented by Bond University.
Event: 2017 MTBA Schools National Championships presented by Bond University
Date: Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th June, 2017
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Disciplines: XCO, XCE, XCEN
Official Hashtag: #MTBSchoolChamps
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Online Registrations for the 2017 MTBA Schools National Championships presented by Bond University will open at 9am on Thursday 1st December, 2016.
Entry Fee: $50.00 per student (inclusive of Personal Accident & Public Liability Insurance whilst participating in the event)
Eligibility: Open to all Australian & New Zealand school students aged 13 – 18 (as at 31 December 2017). Schools may enter as many teams/riders as they like.
Age Categories: Riders will be grouped by gender and age categories (Under 15, Under 17 & Under 19).
Competition Format: Competition will consist of three races over three days with the combined position in each category contributing points towards individual and team results.
Cross-Country Eliminator (XCE): The first race will be a Cross-Country Eliminator over a course of between 800m and 1.5km on the grounds of Bond University. All racers will ride a time trial to qualify for the final series where riders will compete in heats of four, head to head. The fastest two riders will progress through to the semi finals and finals respectively.
Cross-Country Olympic (XCO): The second day will be a XCO race day held at Nerang State Forest. Riders will start in their respective age category and race a course of 4-6km in length.
Cross-Country Team Enduro (XCEN): The third and final day of the Schools National Championships will be a 4hr Cross-Country Team Enduro, held at Nerang State Forest. Riders will race as a team of four and the race will be won by the team who completes the most number of laps in team least amount of time. No team will be able to start a lap after 4hrs has lapsed.
Team Managers: Schools must provide a team manager who will attend managers meetings, collect and distribute rider plates and be the emergency contact for all riders on the team. Team managers must carry a mobile phone on them at all times.
Team managers will identify individuals who can man feed and technical zones. These are limited to 1 per 4 riders per team.
Rider Responsibility: Riders are responsible for riding within the rules, ride in control without risk to other riders, officials or spectators and riders must inform officials of withdrawals, and injuries.
Volunteering: Schools must provide 1 volunteer per category each day. Volunteers must be over the age of 18.
Click here to find information on where to stay on the Gold Coast, QLD.
October 31, 2016
The 2017 Schools Nationals Mountain Bike Championships received a huge boost with leading higher education institution Bond University awarded naming rights.
The inaugural event will be held on the Gold Coast from 2 – 4 June in 2017, at the Bond University Campus, Robina and Nerang National Park.
Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) CEO Shane Coppin said the addition of Bond University coming on board as naming rights sponsor would go along way to ensuring the event is a major success.
“We are excited about the role Bond University will play in providing an iconic backdrop for competitors and showcasing a part of the Gold Coast to the rest of Australia through mountain biking,” he said.
“This partnership provides an exciting and valuable link between schools, MTBA and one of Australia’s most prestigious universities.”
Bond University Director of Sport, Garry Nucifora said the sponsorship took Bond’s partnership with MTBA to the next level.
“We already have a strong partnership that involves our students in internship, research and testing opportunities and gives MTBA access to Bond’s world-class, elite sporting facilities,” Mr Nucifora said.
“Our stunning, multi-terrain campus will make an ideal mountain biking course and we look forward to welcoming student athletes from across the country to Bond to participate in this fun, adrenaline-charged event.”
MTBA development coach Jodie Willett said the schools championship is open to all students from Under 15, Under 17 and Under 19 of varying abilities.
“I’m excited to see this concept being brought to fruition. We have many schools who have established mountain bike programs and are looking for that ‘next level’ goal to motivate their students.”
“The great thing is that everyone can participate – there are no trials or qualification rounds,” Ms Willett said.
The event will consist of three races over three days, including a cross-country eliminator (XCC), cross-country Olympic race (XCO) and a four-hour enduro style race.
More than 400 students are expected to take part in the inaugural championships next year.