Queensland has secured two major international mountain bike events to be held in Cairns in 2014 and 2016. Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Minister Jann Stuckey congratulated Cycling Australia on its bid for the UCI Mountain Bike World Cups and said the events would leave an important tourism and events legacy for Tropical North Queensland.
“Today’s announcement represents a major coup for Cairns and Queensland, providing an opportunity to showcase a region renowned for being ‘Adventurous by Nature’ as well as bringing economic benefits to the State,” Ms Stuckey said. “The World Cup events in 2014 and 2016 will see Cairns become the focus of the world’s mountain biking community.
“The events, bid for by Cycling Australia with the support of the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland, are expected to attract attendees from 45 countries around the world. “In addition, a series of participatory Cross Country Marathon (XCM) mountain bike events will be held in the lead up to each World Cup encouraging cycling enthusiasts from across the country to bring their bikes to Cairns, test themselves on the trails and stay to watch the World Cup events. …View More
How could I not… “Ryokou follows the journey of World Champion cyclist Shane Perkins in Japan whilst competing in the 2012/13 Keirin competition. The web documentary explores the Japanese Keirin as a pivotal part of Shane’s personal and professional growth, in context of some of the major events in his career. The series comprises of 5 episodes which will be released over 5 days in May/June 2013.” SBS will also be televising it on the 26th of May at 6:30. Get Keen!
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The Australian Junior Long Team for the 2013 UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships being staged in Pietermaritzburg, Republic of South Africa, 26th August to 1st September 2013 has been announced. Congratulations to all those who have made the cut after a short and vicious National Season, good luck in making the final selections. …Click to see who made the cut
There has been a lot of discussion in the wake of the release of the Nationals dates and venues this season, so we thought it would be best to go to the source and ask a few questions and see what we got. Mountainbike Australia have replied in a summary which can be found within, read on for the broader picture on some these common questions. THE QUESTIONS
What was the process and thinking behind the choice to run a three race series, was there simply not enough clubs putting their hands up to run the events or was this a much more selective process? For those who don’t know could you tell us what is the process for selecting nationals venues?
The scheduling is also quite bizarre in that two events (buller and bright) are in close proximity to each other, yet are a month apart. This is very beneficial to Victorian riders but practically means riders in other states have to find the extra funds to travel twice to the same/similar location. What is the reasoning behind this particular move?
The one we’ve all been teased about for months is finally here in this short yet action packed epic from renowned Australian filmer Sean Anderson. So put on the kettle, brew a cup of tea then sit back relax and enjoy the spectacle. Brosnans section is surely a standout.
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A little unsure who’s who, can’t seem to match the face or the kit to the name? Well check out this epic gallery of Australia’s finest racers. Inside you will find images showing every individual who has been elected to represent Australia at this weekends upcoming World Championships in Leogang, Austria. Continue reading →