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Entry details for Lithgow (DH#3) and Tour de Dirt (XC#4) available

The entry forms and event details for first two rounds of the MTBA national MTB series in 2005 are now available. The entry form for Lithgow (DH#3) is available in the calendar pages of the MTBA website and additional information is also available at

Information about the Tour de Dirt in Canberra is available as a downloadable form in the MTBA calendar section and entry is available on-line at

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Updated National Series primer available

The national MTB series primer has been updated with details for DH#3 and XC#4 and is available here.

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A two stage race over a weekend around Beechworth in North-East Victoria was the setting for Round # 3 of the National XC series. Saturday's event was a race to ride the 43km course of fire trails and dirt roads with 980 metres of descending and climbing, before the thunderstorms hit ! Early on in the race, 3 riders- Chris Jongewaard, Peter Hatton and Murray Spink broke away from the main pack and stayed together, fighting it out until the very end. The last 4km was a fast downhill section on a narrow fire trail with lots of water bars and little surprises. Chris Jongewaard's held on in a tight sprint to the finish line to win by a mere 2 seconds over Peter Hatton with Murray Spink only 8 seconds off the pace.

Sunday's racing was an entirely different course at the Beechworth Mountain Bike Park. A stark contrast to Saturday's race course, Sunday's racing sorted the roadies out from the mountain bikers ! This was a 6km loop of technical singletrack with rocky sections, berms, jumps and even a large North Shore ramp to ride over. The Elite Men had a tough challenge ahead of them having to do 6 laps (36km in all) of the 90% singletrack course. Chris Jongewaard dominated the weekend's racing, winning stage 2 in Elite Men by 37 seconds over Dylan Cooper followed by Alistair Farley. It should be noted that of Chris Jongewaard's six laps, his fatest lap was 20min7sec and his slowest lap was only 26 seconds longer at 20min31sec. The fastest lap of the day, however, was Dylan Cooper's last lap - the only sub-20min lap at 19.52!

Well done to the 110 odd riders who raced both days- a challenging couple of days.

Full results ( and XC ranks ( after 3 rounds are now available.

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Accommodation Information for 2005 National Championships

With the 2005 National Championships just a few short months away you may need to start thinking about accommodation. Eildon still has a large amount of accommodation available over the period of the event - although I would imagine that after Christmas this will start to fill quickly!!!

Two information centres are available this year:

Alexandra Visitor Information Centre 1800 652 298 (Eildon, Thornton & Alexandra Accommodation)
Marysville Visitor Information Centre 03 5963 4567 (Marysville, Yea & Kinglake Accommodation)

Both Visitor Information Centres are Accredited and therefore open 7 days a week, 9am-5pm.

Why not look at the other things you can do while your loved ones are at the Nats.

Have a look at:

> Murrindindi Shire Council
> Murrindindi Regional Tourism

> Eildon
> Lake Eildon
> Lake Mountain
> Marysville
> Kinglake/ Yea
> Upper Goulburn Experience - Food Wine & Culture

> High Country Adventure

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Significant Australian MTB events calendar posted

MTBA has updates its list of nationally significant MTB events for 2005 and early 2006.

It is available at as html or if you use Apple's iCal program you can subscribe to it through webcal://

If you find any errors or omissions please let MTBA know by sending an email to us. If you wish an event to be added please let us know.

The calendar is automatically updated and so should form a useful resource for event promoters and participants alike.

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info.mtba has been spoofed

A measure of the penetration of the info.mtba email address into the general community can perhaps be measured by the number of emails purportedly sent from us to unsuspecting recipients. Usually these emails are poorly constructed, have some trivial subject line and unfortunately they usually contain a computer virus.

If you get such an email please be assured that it did not originate from us, nor from our server. Our email address has been spoofed by a virus infecting another computer which then searches the microsoft outlook email database, selects the info.mtba email address at random, and then sends itself to all the other email addresses in the database using the MTBA address as the 'from' email address.

As with all spurious emails you should not allow your computer email program to automatically open attachments on the email's receipt nor should you do so. Trash any suspected email.

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New anti-doping policy announced

Cycling Australia has recently announced an updated anti-doping policy that takes effect from 1st December 2004.

It has implications for asthmatics, diabetics and athletes who must use other banned substances or procedures for medical reasons. It also changes the rules for notification of wherabouts for riders listed to be tested regularly.

Read these documents in the Policy pages at

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MTB Gold and Bronze at Commonwealth Youth Games, Bendigo

The Commonwealth Youth Games. Heard of it? It was just held in Bendigo and on a great course constructed by John Harvey (with help from Damian Grundy and Justin Lowndes) produced a mens gold medal and a womens bronze for Australia.

Small but very select fields in both the mens and womans events produced some very close racing with punctures and chain beakage changing the places constantly as the race progressed.

Erica Oldfield raced a well judged 4 laps of the 6 km course to finish in 3rd place (despite breaking a chain) 7 minutes behind the winner Nikki Harris (ENG) and Amy Hunt in 2nd place (ENG, +4m20s).

In the mens race (6 laps), Shaun Lewis started off in first place, but was placed in 3rd place at the start of the 2nd lap. Towards the end of the race Shaun took 1st place after a flat tyre caused the current leader to lose almost 2 minutes. The last lap was a real nail bighter with Shaun in the lead but the 2nd placed rider, Clinton Avery (NZ) catching Shaun fast and managed to narrow the lead down to 12 seconds at the race finish.

The final placings were: 1st, Shaun Lewis (AUS) 2nd, Clinton Avery (NZ, +12s) 3rd Ian Field (ENG, +2m35s).

Congratulations to both Shaun and Erica.

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National MTN X round 3, Armidale NSW, December 4

This should be all you need to know for the third round of the National Mountain Cross Series in Armidale...

The track is in town on council land, so therefore is insured similar to a skate park. That means the track is now available for the public to ride (practice) at anytime!!! In terms of the actual race weekend here is times of events at this stage:

Saturday: - Track is open all day for unofficial practice, however registration will still be available on site from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Food stalls etc. will also be available on site on the saturday!

Saturday Night: - We have booked an outdoor terrace and the night club at the 'Wicklow Hotel.' Festivities will kick off at 8pm, so you can have a meal while watching a movie on the big screen supplied by Black Phoenix Films. After this, 'kicking on' is advised whether your style be the outdoor terrace or the nightclub! With word that MBUK, Dirt and Earthed 2 are coming to cover the event this may be your chance to get your mugshot in a mag or on film!

Sunday: - Registration and official practice opens at 9:00am!

Official Opening of the track (with the local high profiles etc.) 11:00am!

Racing begins at 12:00 Noon!!

Entry fee is a cool $35 (all dads should definately have this in their pockets) and Day Licenses will be available through New England Mountain Bike Club. For those who dont know there are four categories of racing... Junior, Sport, Elite Men and Women.

For all those huckers out there, there will be a freestyle/jump jam session being held at some stage throughout the afternoon proceedings (most likely to be before the finals). However, in order to enter, you must be registered as racing with an MTBA licence etc.

Get the entry form here. For a map showing the location of the track and the location of the 'Wicklow Hotel' where everyone must be seen on the Saturday Night check out the report from the 3-Chillies MTN X round 2 earlier in the MTBA news section!

David Rugendyke, President New England Mountain Bike Club

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Dirt Works 100km Classic

Dirt Works Australia have come on board as the naming rights sponsor for Elements MTB Race; the event has been renamed ‘Dirt Works 100km Classic’. Same event, just a different name.

Operating since 1994, Dirt Works Australia offers the racer, enthusiast or casual rider an extensive range of road and MTB equipment, through a large number of brands. Dirt Works are offering prizes for the event from brands including Fox Racing Shox, DT Swiss, Crankbrothers, Ritchey, Source and Hayes.

Netti Cycling Essentials have become an associate sponsor for the event. Prize offerings include Pangea Helmets, SKS Guards and a lucky door prize of a Scott Aspen MTB.

Netti has been owned and operated by the same family since 1948. It is Australia’s largest manufacturer and distributor of bicycle clothing and helmets.

“ We are very pleased to welcome Dirt Works and Netti on board as sponsors of this event. They share our vision for this style of event and are excited about the future.” Gary Farebrother, the Event Director stated after the sponsors were signed.

Dirt Works 100km Classic, to be held on Sunday 10 April 2005 is an endurance race through the Yengo National Park and private property (St Albans Area). Competitors operate individually or in teams of three, completing either the complete three leaf clover route, or the two-loop route (approx. 50kms). Each loop takes the rider to different territory of the Yengo National Park. The course consists of fire trail, single track and dirt roads.

Competitors will be racing for share in $10,000 in prizes.

More information is available at Dirt Works 100km Classic website -

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