National champs in Awaba is nearly here | Here’s what you can expect
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by Colin Levitch
1d ago
After a bumper year in Thredbo, hitched onto the Cannonball Mountain Bike Festival in 2023, the AusCycling MTB Nationals roadshow is headed for Lake Macquarie. Awaba will play host to the 2024 GWM National Championships, covering off XCO, short track, XC relay, pump track, e-MTB and adaptive categories. The Hunter Mountain Bike Association has been hard at work primping and prepping the trail network for the nation’s best riders, and also have a few new additions up their sleeve. And with junior, masters and expert categories, Nationals at Awaba isn’t just for the elites. Related: New trails ..read more
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Big air, big crowds and big scenery | Redbull Hardline Maydena through the lens of Kristina Vackova
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by Colin Levitch
3d ago
The event that was, Redbull Hardline. For months, we’ve had a trickle feed of MASSIVE piles of dirt being pushed together at Maydena, and images of trail builders in high-vis standing atop seemingly impossible rock drops. But the question remained, was it going to work? This was the first time in the decade of Hardline that it had been anywhere except Dyfi Bike Park in Wales. Could the 800m vertical drop of Abbotts Peak live up to the legacy that had been built in the UK? Could the broadcast work in the deep, dark jungle, and would the weather play ball? Watch Brook Macdonald’s Race Run, Shot ..read more
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Sunshine and massive orange jumps | Crankworx lands in Cairns this May
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by Colin Levitch
1w ago
Grab some sunscreen and your best party shirt because Crankworx is returning to Cairns May 22-26, 2024. Yes, that means it’s only a few days after the UCI Masters World Championships, which also descends on Cairns from May 16-19. Oh, and did we mention that Crankworx is also hosting the Oceania Champs Downhill? Talk about an action-packed couple of weeks in Cairns. With so much bubbling away, we caught up with Crankworx Cairns Event Director Nathan Bassett to see what they have been cooking up in Tropical North Queensland. Jam-packed schedule for Crankworx Cairns For 2024, Crankworx Cairns ..read more
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Rocky Trail Entertainment relaunch Sea Otter Australia in 2025
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by Colin Levitch
2w ago
No, this is not a reshare of an old news story! We have just had word that Sea Otter is again trying to bring its festival Down Under, this time under the tutelage of Juliane and Martin Wisata and Rocky Trail Entertainment. Scheduled to land in late October 2025, Rocky Trail Entertainment is bringing Sea Otter to the NSW South Coast, hosting the festival at Mogo, which will open its first 70-80km of trails later this year. Related: Mogo trails build is finally underway! South Coast Shredding | Riding Narooma’s new trails Welcome to Paradise | Exploring Gravity Eden Wait a minute – wasn’t Sea ..read more
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First Look | The new Focus VAM² SL takes aim at the the field of light and spritely e-MTBs
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by Colin Levitch
3w ago
Fresh out of Germany is the brand new Focus VAM2 SL. The lighter and snappier cousin of the Jam2 SL, with 125mm of rear squish, it’s claimed to weigh just 16.2kg. Take that figure with a grain of salt, but that puts it in the same ballpark as the Scott Lumen we tested last year. The SL e-MTB arena is heating up with slightly longer travel options like the Heckler SL, Orbea Rise, Specialized Levo SL, and Focus’s own JAM2 SL, clocking in with ~150mm of rear travel, while the Vam enters an even lighter category. An overview of the Focus VAM2 SL VAM is a metric you’d find on any cycling compute ..read more
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First Look | 2024 Scott Ransom With a New 6-Link, Integrated Suspension design
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by Jonathon Wade
3w ago
Nothing gets a team of engineers fizzing more than the release of a new bike. Those clever heads over at Scott have been tinkering away on the brand-new Ransom for 2024. We were lucky enough to catch up with them to get a full rundown of their latest creation, and we were privy to some mighty interesting changes to the Ransom for this year. We’ll have one very soon to put through its paces, but, for now, feast your eyes on this futuristic machine and the oodles of new tech that comes with it. We can’t wait to get our hands on this hard-charging enduro machine. Some loamy trails would be nice ..read more
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On Test | The new Canyon Grail ditches the Hoverbar & retains its racey attitude
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by Colin Levitch
1M ago
Who can forget the Hoverbar, Canyon’s bizarre attempt to reinvent the gravel cockpit? It definitely started a conversation, but not really the one the German outfit was hoping for, as the memes lampooning the biplane double-decker created significantly more noise than any talk about what it actually felt like to ride them, much less how the original Canyon Grail performed. For the second-generation Grail, Canyon has opted for something a bit more traditional this time around and added a few new tricks to its bag. With the more adventurous Grizl still in Canyon’s lineup, the Grail maintains its ..read more
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What to expect at Lake Mountain this summer?
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by Colin Levitch
2M ago
Flow Mountain Bike acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Lake Mountain and Marysville, the people of Taungurung Country. We recognise their connection to lands, waters and communities and pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging. Ah Lake Mountain Resort, the home to one of our favourite trails on the mainland, Cascades. On a short skip from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne, this 28km adventure ride starts at the tippy top of the alpine resort and plunges 1,550m vertical metres down to Marysville — albeit with 638m of climbing mixed in. Green season has well and truly kicked off ..read more
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Construction of the Warburton Mountain Bike Destination projected to start in 2024
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by Colin Levitch
3M ago
We have just had word that the Victorian Minister for Planning, Sonya Kilkenny, has signed off on the Planning Scheme Amendment for the Warburton Mountain Bike Destination, allowing the project to move forward. Situated in the forest around Mount Donna Buang, the Warburton Mountain Bike Destination has proposed 160km of singletrack about 90-min from Melbourne — giving it a catchment larger than the entire population of Tasmania. It became the first ever mountain bike trail network to be forced to undergo an Environmental Effect Study, taking it into expensive and time-consuming uncharted terri ..read more
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Jack Thompson sets new FKT on 1,064km Munda Biddi Trail
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by Colin Levitch
3M ago
Last weekend, Perth native Jack Thompson completed the 1,064km Munda Biddi trail in two days, 12 hours and 15 minutes, setting a new Fastest Known Time (FKT). Averaging about 19kph for the duration of the effort, he bested the previous FKT by about five hours, set by Craig Wiggins in 2020. Since then the route has grown by 16km, making the effort even more impressive. Partnering with Oqea and the Happiness Co Foundation, Thompsons is using this effort as a springboard to shine the spotlight on mental health. Riding for two hours in 40ºC is hard enough. Thompson did it for two-and-a-half-days.W ..read more
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