The 2018 MTBA Cross-Country Season gets underway this weekend with the opening two rounds held in Orange, New South Wales.
With reigning elite men and women’s series champions Dan McConnell (ACT) and Rebecca Henderson (ACT) not racing, it will open the door for one rider to get a jump on the elite field before the Christmas break.
One of the big draw cards for the series opener in the Central West of NSW will be the appearance of the rainbow stripes jersey for the first time in the Junior Men’s race.
Brisbane’s Cameron Wright (QLD), who claimed the UCI World Championship title in Cairns three months ago, takes his place on the front row and naturally with a target on his back.
The 18 year will also be looking to continue his unbeaten streak which saw him claim the 2017 National Series title after winning all six rounds.
It’s the second straight year that Orange Mountain Bike Club has hosted the opening rounds at Kinross State Forest, with riders facing a 5.2km challenge each lap.
“Saturday is a contemporary course, short and punchy, keeping riders at their red line and throwing in some features,” said race director Rod Farrell.
“While on Sunday it’s an old school course, shortened from the 2017 loop, with the second half a world away from berms and super flow. Sunday is all up, then all down.”
More than 200 riders aged from 15 to 65 from around Australia will compete in the opening rounds of the series.
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