Mountain Bike Australia today announced the MTBA National Championships would return to Bright, Victoria for the next two seasons.
Mystic MTB Park will host the Cross-Country, Downhill and OT Championships from the 4-7th April 2019 with 2020 also locked in.
MTBA CEO Shane Coppin said there would be plenty of high quality racing over the six days.
“Riders have always enjoyed racing at Mystic MTB Park so it is fitting that Bright will again play host to not only Australia’s premier mountain bike event but the Oceania regions pinnacle mountain bike event also.”
“We appreciate the support from the Victorian State Government, Alpine Shire Council and the local mountain bike club to help make this event in April the best championships yet,” Coppin said.
The venue is a favourite of five times Australian downhill champion Troy Brosnan, who reclaimed his national sleeve at the track in 2018.
“I’m super excited to have National Champs back at Bright. The track is one of the best in Australia and always produces great racing. Having won there a couple of times I cannot wait to go back and defend my title.”
“Pumped to be heading back to Bright for the 2019 National Champs. Definitely one of the best tracks in Aus, and a great warm up for the world cup season”, said Jack Moir who finished second to Brosnan at this year’s championships.
Australia’s cross-country riders were also supportive of the back-to-back championships at the venue.
“It’s definitely one of my favourite venues in Australia. It’s an appropriate place for the National Championships as Bright has great trails, challenging climbs and descents when racing and a great bike atmosphere outside of racing. It’s a new concept for us to race back to back weekends but I think you will see some very impressive results,” said Australia’s national women’s champion Rebecca McConnell.
“It’s a place full of great memories for me and I always love heading back there. The Bright trails really showcase cross-country racing and challenges both the fitness and skill of the racers,” said Holly Harris, last years elite women’s silver medallist.
Minister for Sport John Eren said the Victorian Government was proud to lock in the return of the MTBA National Championships to Bright for 2019 and secure the event for 2020 as well.
“Events like this one not only deliver great sporting outcomes but create local jobs, attract visitors and keep businesses busy.”
“The steep hills and challenging terrain of the Alpine District is the ideal place to showcase our nation’s best of the best, and I have no doubt that strong local support will take this great event up a gear.”
“Council are thrilled to see the return of the National Championships to Bright and excited to host the Oceania Championships.”
“Events are important for the economy of Alpine Shire with an estimated $41million per annum being injected into the local economy by event participation. Cycling is a popular activity for our region and offers many opportunities for our aspiring athletes” says Mayor Ron Janas.
The 2019 Oceania MTB Championships has also been nominated to be held directly after the National Championships in Bright from Monday 8th April Wednesday 10th April 2019 shining an international spotlight on Victoria’s high country.
Oceania cross-country women’s champion, New Zealand’s Samara Sheppard is also looking forward to the opportunity to defend her title on the well-known trails.
“It’s one of the top cycling destinations in Australia and provides a awesome location to showcase the pinnacle of racing within the Oceania region.”
The six-day championship window will also incorporate a number of other activities outside the racing environment.
More than 600 competitors are expected to travel to Bright to attend the National Championships next year.
Further information on the 2019 National Championship and 2019 Oceania Championship will be available closer to the event at www.mtba.org.au
Note: The 2019 Oceania MTB Championships has received provisional OCC and UCI endorsement, subject to the approval of the UCI Management Committee.
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