As predicted by many, the fastest race in cycling this month is getting your entry
into the 2005 MONT Australian Mountain Bike Championships. Whilst the event is
still 3 months away and scheduled for the 8/9 October 2005, the race to get your
entry in is almost over. The race is now 2/3rds full with well over 320 teams entered
after only 3 days of entrie going online. Due to safety restrictions and track capacity
Canberra Off Road Cyclist, the organising club, has set a field limit of 450 teams.
Additionally, the race is the Australian 24hr Solo Championships and entries are
kept open for riders in the solo category only, for another two months. It is
anticipated that there will be close to 150 solo riders this year after the huge rider
demand of 100 solo riders in 2004. In addition to the coveted Green and Gold
Australian Championship jerseys, there is free air fares to the Worlds Solo
Championships of Adrenalin in Canada and significant prizemoney for the solo male
and female winners. Team members compete for over $50,000 worth of prizes.
Race Director, David White, commented that the excitement and energy generated throughout the cycling world in getting your team entered is replicated many times over when the race finally gets underway. With over 550 riders on the track, and 5000 + spectatrors watching this race. the atmosphere is electric.
Entries are still available (for a short time only) at www.corc.asn.au/24hr/
While Melbourne’s daily newspapers are currently running different spins on the
popularity of Commonwealth Games tickets it’s obvious that some sports are
already drawing the crowds.
The results of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Ticket Ballot have been released, with Athletics events at the MCG pipping Swimming at the post to be the most requested sport.
But according to Commonwealth Games sources the most oversubscribed sport in the ticket ballots thus far has been - wait for it - mountain biking! According to sources the spectator number for the Lysterfield venue is just over 13,000.
It’s great news for the mountain hiking venue at Lysterfield Park that has undergone a $3 million dollar redevelopment. According to Commonwealth Games minister Justin Madden the venue is set "to become one of the best in the world."
But the popularity of the event should come as no surprise according to the ABS more than 300,000 Victorians cycle regularly - a number on par with fishing.
More than 675,000, or 54%, of the 1,248,862 tickets allocated to the public were sold through the Ticket Ballot from 13 March-22 April 2005, resulting in the most successful ballot in Commonwealth Games history.
From "Melbourne, The magazine Melbourne lives by"
MTBA has designated October 2nd as "Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day". Like most
of the rest of the world kids in Australia are suffering from inactivity.
The number of overweight and obese Australian children and adolescents has doubled in the last 15 years. It is estimated that between 20 and 25 percent of children and adolescents are now overweight or obese. More concerning is that being overweight and obese are major risk factors for chronic diseases including diabetes, heart attack, stroke and some cancers. Mountain biking is an activity that can help reverse the trend toward childhood obesity," says Tony Scott, president of MTBA. "Mountain biking is a great physical activity and the perfect way for adults and children to enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise together."
He added, "Mountain biking builds self-confidence and offers kids and adults an adrenaline-packed adventure while giving them an effective, low-impact workout. It's a great way to spend a day focusing on positive, fun outdoor experiences for children, while teaching valuable lessons about living a healthy lifestyle, personal responsibility and environmental awareness."
The following clubs have undertaken to provide a rich and varied program for mountain biking specifically aimed at kids for October 2nd
Melbourne - 100 Acres Parks Orchards (Melway map 35 E9), 3pm - 4.30pm. Contact Paul Verheijden (0413 043 948)
Melbourne (Ivanhoe) - 1st Eaglemont Scout Hall, Irvine Rd, Ivanhoe (Melways 31 H10), 9am for beginners and 1pm for more experienced riders. Contact Bruce Dickey ( 0418 502 273, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Anglesea - Anglesea Primary School. Contact Ari Lingham (email@example.com)
Bendigo - Contact John Harvey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ballarat (Nerrina) – Meeting at Little Bendigo Primary School. Contact Wayne Hines (email@example.com)
Mackay - John Breen Park, Malcomson Street, North Mackay, 10am - 12noon. Contact Marcia Eves (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Brisbane (Underwood) - Underwood Park, Underwood Rd 9am - noon, Contact Gillian Duncan (email@example.com)
Brisbane (Hinze Dam) - 9.00am to 10.30am. Contact Gus MacAnally or Julie Howe (Tel: 0407 753 327 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rockhampton - First Turkey Gates- German St. 3:30pm-5pm , Contact Jonny (email@example.com) or phone 0749289900
New South Wales:
Sydney (St Ives) - St. Ives Show Ground, Contact Neil Barlow (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lithgow - Contact Craig Flynn (email@example.com)
Rocky Creek Dam (Dunoon) - Contact Mountain Bike Tours (Martin Miller, 0429 122 504, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Let MTBA help promote what you are doing to help stem the tide of childhood obesity.
Check out the awesome posters for this event here:
The MTBO Selection Panel on behalf of Orienteering Australia,have announced the
following team to take part in the 2005 MTBO World Championships in Banska
Melissa Thomas (subject to overseas race performance)
Anthony Darr (subject to fitness)
For more information web surf to the MTBO website, an awesome resource for the sport: http://www.ozmtba.com
Victorians are now well serviced by endurance races, and two of the biggest have
just thrown open the inter-web portal for entry to the '05 editions.
The Melbourne 12hr goes around (and around and around) on September 17th.
The Kona 24hr is now a plot for WORLDWIDE DOMINATION by the Kona guys - it forms a series in tandem with two other 24hr races in Europe and North America.
The third edition of the Australian race is on at Redsdale, north of Melbourne, in 3 - 4 December.
If you're wondering if these kind of races really are up your ally - they are. Mountain bike endurance racing is one of the few forms of competition where a punter taking it easy can be on the same track at the same time as an Olympian. The hallmark of these events is the shared experience, not the rivalry.
Don’t think about it - just enter! Check out ww.fullgaspromotions.com!
The Flight Centre Peppers Hidden Vale Cycle Epic is an off road cycling race to be
held on Sunday 4 September 2005 starting at Toowoomba and following a 100
kilometre route along the Bicentennial National Trail to Old Hidden Vale outside
"We want the Epic to be fun for everyone, from support crews, family and friends to kids who come along to see mum or dad compete,” said co-founder Tod Horton.
New for 2005:
* A full schedule of activities which includes a Kids Mini and Minor Epics open to children aged 5 to 13 years of age on the Saturday.
* The event has been expanded over two big days on the weekend of 3 and 4 September 2005.
* The introduction of the Pro Teams Trophy and up to $2000 to a team of 4 riders who complete the 100km with the fastest combined time.
Elite riders will be given every reason to tackle one of the nation’s fastest growing MTB events which this year boasts an impressive prize pool of more than $40,000 in prizes including $15,000 cash.
The Flight Centre Peppers Hidden Vale Cycle Epic has also been given a major financial boost with a State Government grant of $25,000 to help build the event as one of finest sporting fixtures in Australia. The $25,000 in funding has been provided under round eight of the Queensland Events Regional Development Scheme which is a State Government initiative designed to take unique and creative events to their full potential in order to increase local economic activity and development. Telstra Country Wide has partnered with the program, enabling additional events to receive funding assistance across the state.
The Peppers Flight Centre Hidden Vale Cycle Epic is one hour’s drive from Brisbane, one and a half hours from the Gold Coast, and two hours from the Sunshine Coast and the main event will be held on Sunday 4 September 2005.
Contact Peter Creagh for more information at:
Cycle Epic Management
14 Farrell Street
Ashgrove QLD 4060
PH: +61 7 3311 2450
FX: +61 7 3311 2460
What can only be described as an online entry frenzy starts once again at 9am 1st
Online entries for the Worlds largest 24hr race, the original 24hr race in Australia and a great camping and riding experience (ok that is weather dependant!) opens at www.corc.asn.au/24hr/.
The laid back "woodstock style" MONT 24hr Australian Championships has continued to grow each year to now accommodate over 2100 riders and another 3000 spectators in the tough but fun trails of Kowen Forest. This year we are the official hosts of the Australian 24 hour Solo Championships. The male and female solo winners receive the coveted green and gold Australian Jerseys plus return airfares to Canada to compete in the World Solo Championships of Adrenalin.
All the other catgories (2, 3, 4, 6 and 10 riders teams) share in over $50,000 worth of prizes from our legendary MONT 24hr sponsors - MONT Adventure Equipment, Rockshok, SRAM, Camelbak, Gu, TF2, APIS Consulting, Ritchey, Yeti Frames, Crank Bros, Fibrax, Avid, ConceptIS, Mac 1, Scud, Amoeba, ACT Tourism, ACT Sport and Recreation and of course the club that brings this all to you, Canberra Off Road Cyclists.
So get your entry in early, come along and have some fun in Canberra in October (8 - 9th to be exact). We look forward to you seeing there!
ONLY 5 DAYS TO GO TO GET YOUR ENTRIES IN BEFORE THEY CLOSE.
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HAS ALREADY GOT THEIR ENTRIES IN.
FULL MARATHON DISTANCE IS NOW 85KLM AND THE HALF WILL BE OVER HALF DISTANCE AT 55KLM.
Every rider will receive a map of the course and also a map for support crew/family friends who may wish to meet you at the half way point at Boonah. Both the MARATHON & HALF MARATHON go to the same half way point. This will be a water station. The Scouts will also have drinks & limited food available for sale so take some money with you in case you wish to purchase some food. This is the ONLY OFFICIAL Feed Zone for Support Crew to feed you. There are 2 other drink/food stations only available to the riders at approximately every 20klm as well as a checkpoint station.
Mystery Ride. No one will get to know where the course is till the day of racing. Parts of the course are on Private Property and this will be the only opportunity you get to ride these tracks. We have special permission from the landowners to use it for marathon day only. You will not be able to ride the course after the Event. Please respect the landowners rights as we wish to be able to use the course again next year.
All gates on properties will be manned so you will not need to open and shut gates. The course has single tracks, fire roads, open paddocks, gravel roads and small amount of bitumen road. Some hill climbs and some great descents with the last section of the course being mainly downhill and finishing off with single track back into Kooralbyn.
Our Official photographer, United Photography, will be there to take your photo at the finish line.
If you are staying the night before at Kooralbyn you can register and pick up your race pack on the Saturday afternoon or night. RACE PACKS can also be picked up EARLY SUNDAY MORNING from 6am-7.30am. Every rider must attend RIDERS BRIEFING near the Start/Finish area.
You will also be marked off in your classes and will go off in waves e.g. 18-29 years, 30-39 years, 40-49 years, 50+ and 2 Person Teams at 8am.
YOU CAN ENTER ON-LINE OR DOWNLOAD A PDF ENTRY FORM from www.twowheelpromotions.com.au
Look forward to receiving your entries and seeing you all next week
As you may know the Victorian State MTB Park at Lysterfield is nearing completion
and has already attracted considerable interest from MTB'ers from around the State,
with riders wanting to experience the track that will be used for the 2006
While the track construction is largely completed the rest of the infrastructure, such as parking areas and amenities, are some way off being ready and this is causing unnecessary grief for the local residents.
If you intend to ride the Commonwealth Games course please DO NOT use North Hallam Road as your access point if you drive. Please park your car at the Lysterfield Dam carpark and ride through the park to North Hallam Road. Doing so will give you a better taste of what Lysterfield Park will offer once the track rehabilitation and implementation of the recreational MTB trail system is completed but will also help make our neighbors who live in North Hallam Road more comfortable with sharing their backyard with us.
Please respect the landowners in North Hallam Road, do not park your car on their yard or block the rightful access to their home. Be mindful of your actions, be polite; we all contribute to the public impression of what MTB is all about by what we do.