The Townsville MTB Festival presented by Mike Carney Toyota will feature the 2017 MTBA XCM National Championships & the Discover Townsville Adventure Ride.


Date: Saturday 29th April 2017 – Friday 5th May 2017

Events: 2017 XCM National Championships
                Discover Townsville Adventure Ride

UCI Class: NC (National Championship)

Location: Townsville, Queensland

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Official Hashtag: #TVLMTBFest #XCMChamps17

2017 XCM National Championships

Online Registrations for the 2017 XCM National Championships open at 9am on Thursday 1st December, 2016 .

CLICK HERE to register for the 2017 XCM National Championships

Online Registrations Close: 11:59pm AEST – Wednesday 26th April, 2017.

Late Entries: Late entries will be accepted at the event, however attract a $25 late fee. Late entries void all ability to redeem winner discounts from the previous year.

2016 XCM National Championship Discounts: MTBA provide discounted entry into the 2017 XCM National Championships for the top three (1st – 3rd) riders in each recognised category of the previous years championship. 

Riders may claim their discount when completing an online entry for the 2017 XCM National Championships by entering their MTBA Membership Number in the ‘promotional code’ field.

Please note: It is the entrants’ responsibility to claim their discount at the time of entering. MTBA will not issue refunds for riders who fail to validate their promotion code when entering.

Membership Requirements: To register and participate in this event, riders must hold a valid MTBA Membership at the time of the event. Options are:
– MTBA Race Membership
– MTBA Recreation Membership with discounted Race Day Licence Upgrade
– MTBA Free Trial Membership with payment of a Race Day Licence ($25) required at registration

For more information on MTBA membership options click here.


Discover Townsville Adventure Ride

Online Registrations for the Discover Townsville Adventure Ride will open at the end of February.


Principal Sponsor
  Mike Carney Toyota  
Major Partner
  Townsville Enterprise  
Delivery Partner
It's Live in Queensland + Townsville
Official Charity
Host Club   


Friday, June 10 2016

Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) has confirmed the Australian Cross Country Marathon Championships will be held in Townsville, Queensland for the next two years.

MTBA Chief Executive Officer Shane Coppin was in Townsville for Friday’s announcement and revealed the marathon championships will be part of a “Mountain Bike Festival” to be held in the northern Queensland city in April or May.

“This event is all about offering something for everyone,” Coppin said.

“As a destination, Townsville has an incredible amount to offer mountain bikers of all levels including sensational views, all within a beautiful tropical location.”

“The views you get riding along the cliff’s edge at Pallarenda overlooking Magnetic Island are fantastic and having Castle Hill right in the centre of the city provides an event opportunity that could be something very special and even iconic in the sport of mountain biking.”

“The event is not just about the racing, this festival is based around a destination and maximising the regions natural beauty and landscape to provide mountain bikers, their families and supporters with a unique experience and holiday.”

“MTBA are very appreciative of the support and investment from both Townsville Enterprise and Townsville City Council to make this opportunity a reality.”

“Townsville is also blessed with a very strong local mountain bike community led by the Townsville Rockwheelers.”

“We look forward to working closely with the club to ensure we deliver a top class event,” said Coppin

The other 2017/18 events to coincide with the cross-country marathon championships will include:

  • a downhill race at Townsville’s iconic Castle Hill,
  • a four day stage race aimed at amateur and elite riders

President of MTBA Russell Baker also endorsed the centre as vibrant mountain bike region.

“The Rockwheelers have a great history of trail development, Government and Sponsor support, and high quality events in the Townsville area, with major mountain bike trails around Mount Stuart, the Ross Dam and Cape Pallarenda”

“I am sure that all the riders in the XCM Championships will be impressed with what the trails, the Club and Townsville have to offer.”

“I would also like to pay a special tribute to Haydn Tilley, a previous MTBA Volunteer of the Year, for his tireless work over many years in making Townsville such an attractive mountain biking destination.”

“I look forward to seeing lots of riders there, in a town where I grew up, taking part in a sport that did not even exist when I was at School in Townsville,” Baker said.

Townsville Enterprise Chair Kevin Gill said the event will attract over 300 competitors to the region and provide an opportunity for the city to be marketed across the country.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill, said hosting the national event will help cement Townsville’s reputation as the events capital of regional Australia.

“Townsville City Council has also committed $50k to support mountain bike track development in Townsville as part of this event initiative so this project is a win win situation for visitors and locals.”

“We look forward to working with the Townsville Rockwheelers to ensure investment is made into the right tracks and areas.”

President of Townsville Rockwheelers Trent Blackmore was ecstatic about the opportunity for the club to be involved in a national level event.

“We may not have the surf or be able to go swimming but we certainly have plenty of mountain bike tracks up here.”

“The terrain is a challenge cause you get caught up looking at the beautiful scenery, however the course will be one elite and beginners will get something out of,” Blackmore explained.

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