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To be an ambassador with Beastwear has been a great, even humbling experience. 

Being a Beastwear ambassador has helped myself and others become focussed on training and riding our bikes and to realise that the MTB scene is all about being involved, doing your best and having fun! It’s even about finding your limits. With this in mind the support from Beastwear and the MTBA has gotten me through some tough times, it’s opened up opportunities with other great sponsors like MItas Tyres to represent great products.

The MTB scene is a close one and some of the benefits have been the chance to chat to other cyclists about their event, the equipment they use and the challenges they’ve faced. Wearing the cool Beastwear jersey with its individual and distinctive colours has given me the opportunity to showcase what Beastwear is about! Being called “The Beast” at every MTB event I ride at is also pretty cool too!

I became a Beastwear ambassador after being chosen by the MTBA to represent Beastwear and mountain biking. In my application I said I don’t always win, but I do always have a blast because I’m an MTBeast! I stand by that today. It’s been a great journey and I’ve enjoyed representing MTB and Beastwear. Spreading the work about some top gear and my love of mountain biking has been a blast!

It’s great to see both experienced and new riders getting into the vibe of this great initiative! I hope I can continue with the MTBA and Beastwear into the future.

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Cameron Ivory (SA) has claimed his third Australian jersey this season with victory at the 2018 MTBA National Marathon Championships at Douglas Mountain Bike Reserve in Townsville, Queensland on Sunday.

Ivory, who already has the green and gold cross-country and cross-country eliminator title in his keeping broke the three year dominance of Brendan Johnston (ACT) who finished with the silver and Tasman Nankervis  (VIC) with bronze.

“At the start of the year I didn’t expect this to get any national title, but it’s turned into dream season,” he said.

The Trek rider put in a fifth and final lap of 49.44, and it was during the final seven kilometres of the race where he broke away from the three time defending champion. 

“He (Trekky) really had me under the pump going into the climb I was doing all I could to hold him and then I went all out on little fire road climb with under half a lap to go and opened up a small gap.”

In the elite women, Anna Beck (QLD) claimed her first ever national marathon title passing Tory Thomas (VIC) on the final lap to take the top step, with Holly Harris (NSW) in third.

“Didn’t think in my wildest dreams this would happen,” the Queensland based Beck said moments after crossing the line.

“Coming out on the road I thought well it’s now or never and I’ll regret it for the rest of my life if I don’t do it.”

“So I put in some road watts and caught up to her (Thomas) relatively easily and sat on her wheel for a bit then up the bitumen climb I did a two minute max effort.”

It was a disappointing day for Harris, who held the front position for the majority of the race until a flat at the top of the course saw her loose massive minutes on lap three.

On Saturday, Piper Albrecht and Verity Evans took out the Junior Men and Women’s titles, with Momo Frank and Holly Lubcke claiming the green and gold jersey in the Under 17’s.

Sunday Results

Saturday Results

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Brendan Johnston  regained his mantle as the number one marathon rider after claiming the elite men’s race at the Golden Epic Triangle in Bendigo, Victoria.

Johnston took the top step on the podium from Cameron Ivory (SA), who won the Easter in the Alice title weeks earlier, with local Tasman Nankervis taking third.

April McDonough (SA) took the elite women’s title after the 100km race with more than one minute ahead of Kim Willocks and Courtney Sherwell.

It was a positive result for Johnston who is out to defend his national marathon championship crown in Townsville this weekend, which also is round three of the national marathon series.

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Dean Lucas finished third at the opening round of the UCI Downhill World Cup in Lošinj, Croatia while Kye A’Hern also took third in his first  junior men’s world cup race.

Lucas, who rides for Intense Factory Racing posted the second fastest time in qualifying but couldn’t hold off Aaron Gwin (The YT Mob) and Luca Shaw (Santa Cruz Syndicate) in the opening downhill cup round at the new venue.

Teammate Jack Moir (Intense Factory Racing) put down a time good enough to see him finish sixth with Australian champion Troy Brosnan (Canyon Factory Racing) also in the top 10 finishing ninth.

In the women’s race the open book of 2017 seemed to remain open; any one of the top four of Myriam Nicole (Commencal / Vallnord) , Tahnée Seagrave (Transition Bikes), Tracey Hannah (UR Polygon) and Rachel Atherton (Trek Factory Racing DH) looked capable of taking the win.

However a crash mid-race put paid to the Cairns rider putting herself in contention finishing in tenth, with Nicole taking the win ahead of Atherton.

Earlier, there was good news for the Australian’s with A’Hern (Canyon Factory Downhill Racing) getting himself on the podium continuing his stellar form the Australian season.

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Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) are pleased to confirm the date and location for the 2018 Solo 24hr National Championships, which will be held at Wauchope, New South Wales 15-16th September.

It’s the first time in more than 10 years the event has been run outside of Canberra, with the race to use the exisiting trails in the Broken Bago State Forest on the Mid North Coast.

More than 500 riders are expected to take part across the weekend with the Blackbutt 24hr MTB Championships to run in conjunction with the national event.

Race Organiser Jaime Voegel of Trail Terra said the trails in the Broken Bago State Forest comprise of fast and flowing single track with the occasional challenge and fire road.

Riders will negotiate their way around the 11.6km loop which has around 125m of elevation.

The event will cater for solo 24-hour riders competing for the national championship as well as solo and team riders in a 6hr + 6hr Blackbutt Endurance Championship category.

Racing will start at a unique time for 24-hr racing at 10 am Saturday and finish 10 am Sunday.=

You can enter the 2018 Solo 24hr National Championships HERE

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Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) in co-operation with Western Australia Gravity Enduro Club (WAGE) are pleased to announce that the 2018 WA Gravity Enduro State Championships will be held on May 6 at the Goat Farm, WA.

After hosting a succesful  round of the MTBA GE National Series in 2016, high level racing returns to the Goat Farm as riders chase the elusive state title.

Race Director Steve Janiec said they will be upping the ante for the course design to attract not only the best in the west but riders from across the country.

“The Goat Farm allows us to prepare a challenging enduro course with plenty going on keeping you totally engaged during each stage.”

“There is no time to blink as once you have finished dancing around a natural feature, you are thrown into a double or a step-down or a table-top or a switch-back or a rock-garden.”

You can register at www.eventplus.net/start?eporg=WAG18

Other states are also invited to host a sanctioned State Championship by contacting eventops@mtba.asn.au

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Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) and Cycling Australia (CA) are pleased to introduce a new Gravel National Championships on 16 September this year as part of the Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo weekend festivities.

Gravel Grinding is riding a bike on gravel, loose stones or any unpaved surface using any type of bike including cyclo-cross, mountain bike, gravel grinder or hybrid.

The discipline of Gravel Grinding has seen tremendous growth in interest through events, bike sales, and participation over recent years.

The 2018 Gravel National Championships will be the perfect ride for those who want to take their riding on the road less travelled. With a new course for the Championships, the race will see competitors starting and finishing in Lorne and will form part of the Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo weekend.

The course will cover a distance of 65kilometres including 1,500 meters of climbing and some technical sections to keep things interesting.

The Championships will have categories for all ages from juniors through to all Masters categories and will be conducted on the Saturday of the Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo weekend which will allow participants to take part in both the Championships and the Gran Fondo event.

Cycling Australia CEO Steve Drake said that the new Championships helps continue the growth of cycling into new formats.

“We are pleased to support this growing discipline with an inaugural national championships. We’ve seen increases in participation in Gravel domestically and internationally and a national championship was the natural next step in the growth of gravel racing.”

The Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo weekend was the natural place for us to add this event; it’s a fantastic weekend of fun with the participation events, and showcases Australia’s best road riders with Amy’s Otway Tour” he added.

MTBA CEO Shane Coppin stated “It’s exciting to see new formats of cycling continually being introduced that expand the opportunities and experiences for participants. MTBA are very pleased to be involved with this new National Championship initiative and believe that it is a great addition to the extremely successful Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo event. Many riders continue to enjoy experiences riding on road, dirt and gravel and this new event should attract high interest from both participants and spectators.”

Entries for the Championships are now open via the Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo website. CA and MTBA members are entitled to an event discount of $10.

Discipline and event regulations will be posted in the coming months.

ENTRIES: http://amysgranfondo.org.au/go-gravel/

Image Credit: Amy Gillett Foundation

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New Zealand and England dominated the men’s and women’s cross-country mountain bike race at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games held at Nerang yesterday.

Sam Gaze (NZL) and Anton Cooper (NZL) took out the gold and silver medals after an epic 6 lap battle, with the finish coming down to a sprint finish with South African Alan Hatherly claiming the bronze.

It was a tough day in the saddle for Daniel McConnell (AUS), who despite being cheered on by a massive crowd lining the course could only finish seventh.

While in the women, Annie Last (ENG) powered through her five laps and subdued the challenge of Evie Richards (ENG) to claim the gold nearly a minute in front of her country woman.

Hayley Smith (CAN) rounded out the podium with bronze after she won an intriguing battle with fellow Canadian and one of the early favourites Emily Batty.

Rebecca McConnell (AUST), who was looking for another Games medal after bronze four years ago, couldn’t match the early speed of the women but fought her way through the pack to finish in sixth.

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Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) are pleased to confirm the dates and venues for the 2018 Cross Country State Championships which this year incorporates four states.

After holding last year’s event in Mackay, this year’s Queensland Cross-Country Championship will be held at Castle Hill, Ipswich on 3-4 November hosted by the Ipswich Cycling Club.

It’s the first time the club has hosted a cross-country state championship.

“This venue is famous for its raw, non-groomed trails which consist of varied terrain including hard pack, technical rocky trails with steep but rideable climbs and descents,” said club president Geoffrey Stieler.

That same weekend the South Australian State Championship will be held at Fox Creek, with the Adelaide Cycling Club taking on the hosting duties.

Fox Creek is one of SA’s premiere trail networks, offering a range of trails, including the XC forest which features skinny, tight and naturally flowing trails.

“State Championships always attracts some fast locals which makes for great racing,” said  the club’s social media co-ordinator Griff Knight. 

Victorians will have their opportunity to vie for a state championships on the 18th November at You Yangs Mountain Bike Park.

It’s been eight years since the Geelong Mountain Bike Club have hosted a cross-country championships.

“The 6km Course includes two technical climbs (Boulder & Lactic Acid) and with 2 fun flowing rocky descents (Trilogy & Trav’s) to keep you smiling all the way to the event village. Victorian State Championship Jerseys are not handed out to just anyone they are earned.”

Tasmania will be the last state to host a championships on the 25th of November at Kelcy Tier a venue which offers a variety of trail features such as hand cut and raked in single track from late 90’s through to some recently machine built trails.

“Riders will be challenged with the terrain that requires 100% attention; fatigue and Kt don’t mix well, it will be a true challenge,” said Justin Warren from the Mersey Valley Davenport Cycling Club.

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Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) in conjunction with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS), Townsville Enterprise Limited (TEL) and the Townsville Rockwheelers Mountain Bike Club have agreed to relocate the 2018 Townsville MTB Festival presented by Mike Carney Toyota to another venue within the city.

After numerous discussions with the  local QPWS ranger, the decision was made over the weekend to move the event  from Pallerenda due to the half a metre of rain that has fallen around the region in the last month which has caused damage to the trail network.

The access roads into the venue are also impassable which means the much needed maintenance and track preparation will not be carried out in time for the Festival.

The new venue is now Douglas Mountain Bike Reserve at Angus Smith Drive, Douglas.

The Schools Challenge, Social Night Ride as well as the National Marathon Championships will all go ahead as planned at the new venue.

The Douglas Mountain Bike Reserve which has been built and maintained by members of the Townsville Rockwheelers Mountain Bike Club, is close to the city and offers purpose built trails with a huge variety. 

The race course will suit the climbers and offers a balance of technical rock gardens and fast flowy descents.

A complimentary shuttle bus will also be provided for entrants without vehicle access transport to and from the city out to the new venue throughout the duration of the festival.

View the course map and schedule HERE

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