There is a big bit of fluff that comes along with this special press release from MTBA but we all know the importance of what the Cairns World Cup is. So without further waffle here are the Australian Riders Entered in UCI World Cup Round 2 in Cairns as at 17th April 2014.
Cross Country Olympic (XCO)
Elite Men – XCO
Andrew Blair (NSW) – Swell Specialized AUS
Travis Frisby (SA)
Brendan Johnston (ACT) – Trek Racing Australia
Shaun Lewis (SA) – Focus Aus
Dan McConnell (ACT) – Trek Factory Racing Team
Mark Tupalski (ACT) – TorQ
Paul Van Der Ploeg (VIC) – Giant Australia …View More
Entries are now open for the first round of the Australian National Mountain Bike series and you can do so HERE
Cycling Australia and the Alpine Shire are thrilled to announce that Australia’s biggest mountain bike event is digging into the foothills of the Victorian Alps.
The beautiful township of Bright in Victoria will host the Subaru Australian Mountain Bike Championships in 2014 and 2015. Long the season’s focus of elite and amateur riders throughout the country, all roads now lead to Bright. With the majestic Ovens River running through its centre and the Victorian Alps looming large over a collection of brew pubs, cafes and accommodation, Bright has a distinguished history of embracing cycling from across all disciplines.
“Alpine Shire has aspirations to secure a reputation as the standard for national, and potentially international, mountain biking.” Mayor of Alpine Shire, Cr Peter Roper, says. “The opportunity to secure the Australian Champs is achieving our greater ambitions for the sport in the Alpine Shire. We are looking forward to working with CA and the mountain bike community to run a successful event.”
With a change of venue reflecting the changes afoot in the sport, Cycling Australia’s Technical Director of Mountain Biking, Tim Sheedy, sees this announcement as a key step in the evolution of the sport. …View More
So Worlds is six days away and out of the blue comes this announcement from Mountain Bike Australia, a media release that surely brings up more questions then it answers. Read on and leave your comments below :
“With less than a week to go till the biggest show on earth for MTB this year – the UCI MTB and Trials World Championships – MTBA has agreed to assist our highest performing Athletes who have gained selection to represent Australia in Pietermaritzburg.
A total of $18,000 will be awarded to nine Athletes who have achieved exceptional recent results and qualified under the top group of selection criteria. Each athlete will receive $2,000 to help them offset their personal expenses in representing Australia.
Russell Baker, President of MTBA, whose committee decided the payments said, “MTBA is very happy to be able to provide some direct assistance to these riders, who have committed so much of their own time and resources in pursuing excellence in their sport. We hope to be in a position to continue to offer support in future, through a performance based system which will be announced in sufficient time to allow the riders to prepare for next season. But, for now, the MTBA Committee and I wish all of our Australian Team, not only those riders named below, all the best for the 2013 World Championships. For many of the team it will be their first time representing their country at this level. It is an honour for them to be able to do so, and an experience which will last their lifetime.” …View More
Target Trek MTB Racing (previously Anytime Fitness/Trek) owner/major sponsor Richard Peil has announced he is pulling all sponsorship dollars from mountain biking for the foreseeable future, citing “a total lack of confidence in the governance process and with certain personnel within MTBA” as the major reason. Having personally contributed over $500,000 (“my wife would kill me if she new the real figure” Peil said) to the sport over the last couple of years, his withdrawal will impact heavily on many of our elite riders hip pocket.
Peil said, “I continue to be frustrated, dealing with an organisation (MTBA) that, despite being made well aware that riders are extremely unhappy (EDP meeting in Canberra last February), has made little attempt to improve its performance and repair its relationships with stakeholders. Because of this, and a recent unprovoked and factually inaccurate personal attack by MTBA’s Executive Officer Tony Scott that had a negative affect on my family, I have decided its time to step away for a while. However, I want to point out that I am leaving the Target Trek program in a very strong position, both structurally and financially! I will also be keeping my hand in the sport by managing the business interests of Bec Henderson and Dan McConnell.” Continue reading
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
The final day, race day. In a almost mirror image of the racing the day before, Chris Jongewaard took out the Mens Point to Point. Jack Haig led for most of the race until the pass was made just before the descent from Cornhill from there the gap was made for the win. Andy Blair pulled in for third doing one better for the weekend. Peta Mullens again showed why she is the one to beat at the moment putting a minute into Jenni King in second, will the dominance King showed last year return?
Of course the highlight of the day for many was the Downhill. Sam Hill looked to have it in the bag but with a ever changing course mistakes were frequent and it was hard to judge who would take it. In U17′s Andy Crimmins collided with a tree pushing him into second, Max Warshawsky took control of the situation riding into the win. …View More and Gallery