Mountain Bike Australia are pleased to present the 2018 Schools National Championships.
Event: 2018 MTBA Schools National Championships
Date: Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th August, 2018
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Disciplines: Cross-Country Olympic, Cross-Country Eliminator & Cross-Country Team Enduro
Official Hashtag: #MTBASchools
Facebook Event Page: www.facebook.com/events/1705506263078493
Online Registrations for the 2018 MTBA Schools National Championships are now open.
Online Registrations Close: 11:59pm (AEST) – Wednesday, 1st August 2018.
Click Here to download your copy of the official invitation letter for schools.
Eligibility: Open to all Australian & New Zealand school students aged 11 – 18 (as at 31 December 2018). Schools may enter as many teams/riders as they like.
Age Categories: Riders will be grouped by gender and school year group (Years 7 & 8, Years 9 & 10, Years 11 & 12)
Registering without a Team: Riders who do not have a team can register as individuals. MTBA will then place the riders in a team for the Cross-Country Team Enduro.
Event Schedule – Click Here (V1.0 Published 12th June 2018)
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 within the Nerang State Forrest Trails. 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 & O/T): The second day will be a XCO & O/T race day held at Nerang State Forest. Riders will start in their respective age category and race a course of 4-6km in length. In the second stage rider’s will test their skills over sections of obstacles in a format called “Observed Trials”. Sections will get progressively more difficult. Riders must complete each section without touching the ground (Dabbing). Three dabs in a section will result in an incomplete section. Riders will only be able to progress to the next section if they have completed.
Each completed section will result in a maximum of a 1 minute deduction from the riders total time for the competition. So, a rider may make up time by completing more stages than other riders.
Rider with the fastest overall time in the end will win.
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 three or four and the race will be won by the team who completes the most number of laps in the 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.
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