The 2018 MTBA Cross-Country National Championships is the pinnacle of cross-country racing in the country with riders vying to be crowned Australian Champion.

Next weekend marks the 33rd year of the National Championships and the first time it has been held in the New England region of New South Wales.


Event Information

Date: Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th February, 2018

UCI Class: NC | Elite Men, Elite Women, Under 23 Men, Under 23 Women, Junior Men & Junior Women

Location: University of New England, Armidale, NEW SOUTH WALES

Disciplines: Cross-Country Olympic (XCO), Cross-Country Eliminator (XCE) & Cross-Country Team Relay (XCR)

Event Host: New England Mountain Bikers

Facebook Event Page:

Official Hashtag: #XCChamps18



Live Stream

The 2018 MTBA Cross-Country National Championships will be live-streamed through SBS Cycling Central and Flow Mountain Bike Facebook Pages.

All races will be streamed live across the weekend. For race times head to the schedule below.

Flow Mountain Bike

SBS Cycling Central


MTBA Achievement Awards Presented by Thule

Join us Saturday evening at "The Stro", University of New England at 6pm to celebrate the achievements of the mountain bike community over the past 12 months.

Canapés will be provided with the bar also available.



This event is being held at the University of New England, Armidale New South Wales. 

Event Schedule


Championship Events

Team Relay 

The team relay will be held on the cross-country course on Friday morning and will consist of four riders of the following make-up:

• One rider aged under 19 at the eligibility date;

• One rider eligible to compete in a Masters 3 or higher category that is, aged 40 or over at the eligibility date; 

• One rider eligible to compete in any women’s category at the 2018 MTBA Cross-Country National Championships;

• One rider on which there are no restrictions (‘Open’). 

The team relay will have each rider complete a single lap, for a total race distance of four laps per team. 

MTBA will facilitate the formation of teams at the event for riders who wish to ride, but have been unable to find a complete team.

XC Eliminator

The XCE rounds will be conducted along the pathways of the University of New England campus on Friday evening. The knock out heats may consist of 4-6 riders and only the first 2 riders will progress to the next round

All riders will be seeded via a time trial. Except for Elite Men and Elite Women, all categories will be combined after seeding to facilitate the maximum number of elimination heats.

The final will determine first to fourth while a small final will be included to determine fifth to eighth.


Starting in the centre of the Sport UNE sporting facilities you climb up the flowing ‘Revelation’ trail
past the Economics / Law faculty to the highest point on course. At over 1000m altitude you will be
sucking in the air as you pass the Church and return down a fast and flowy trail to reach the first
technical switchback climbs.

Each switchback offers an A/B option but can you clean all the A line rocks of the climb without going too deep, too early. Crossing the cattle grid into a short descent you then climb straight up the fall line over the roots of Lone Pine, into Hamburger Hill.

These are technical pinch climbs that will have you red-lining. At the top you drop straight into Ducats Way, a descending switchback rock garden that bruised many an ego in 2017. Out of Ducats Way you reach Cognition, a flow climb into a fun flow track with berms and jumps, a time to suck in a few breaths before hitting ½ lap distance at the 1st Feed / Tech zone.

Out of feed tech into the Pine Forest and mellow climb of Axe Head to pop you out the far side of the
Pine Forest into the back of the Mars Attack trail. This trail has been put in the blender so you ride
the back end descent to run along the creek. Climb back up the switch backs into the crowds at the
infamous Mars Attack section.
As you are deafened by the crowd you climb the A line rocks before dropping straight into the infamous rock drop, once through the drop it’s a short climb into the mellow downhill berms of Waimea Bay.

Across the flats of the pine forest and across the 2nd cattle grid you reach ‘Poplars’. Unlike any other
section of trail around it will have you questioning ‘are my bars too wide’ before a short double
track, over the 3rd grid and return to Feed / Tech. From the feed tech climb it’s a short downhill into the start / finish line.

Overall 5.4km and about 130m vertical per lap.

Course Map


What's Available

XCE Event Center (Booloominbah Homestead):
The Café Life (north of course) will be open from 7:30 to 4pm. UNE Life catering from mobile street food store and bar in the spectator area will be serving from 4pm to 7pm. “The Stro” is a bistro that overlooks the half way point on the course and serving counter meals and beverage from the bar all day. 

XCO SportUNE: 
Coffee available all days from SportUNE café with café style food over all days. New England Hockey canteen (XCO Event Centre) will be catering on Friday through to Sunday and Altitude Coffee Roastery van will be serving coffee from the XCO event centre on Saturday and Sunday.

Parking and Transport:
There will be no shuttle transport provided during the event. Additional XCO Event Centre
Spectator Parking will be available to the south of the Event Village and required a 430m walk
across the Consett Davis Playing Fields.

During the XCE qualifying and the heats there will be shuttles from the special event parking
just south of Travenna Rd to Booloominbah Homestead (650m) which will be organised by
UNE. UNE will also provide qualified traffic controllers during this period. 



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