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National Championships Results Available

All the results (XC, DH, OT and MTN X) from Eildon have been uploaded. They are available in the results pages.

For a great story on the Champs have a look at http://www.cyclingnews.com

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SBS coverage of National Series Finals

Our good friends at SBS will feature the MTBA National Series XC and DH Finals held at Mt. Buller on March 12-13 on this Sunday's (March 20th) Cycling Central at 11.30am.

They are also here in Eildon with a full film crew and Mike Tomalaris to cover the MTBA Nationals for a full 1hr show and Cycling Central segments.

Support SBS and their coverage of MTB by letting them know you appreciate the effort they go to.

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Lowe second at Waco

This weekend our whole team competed in a UCI cross country race in Waco, the weather has been great for this last week in Texas and we raced in about 30C degree temperature. A fairly strong field also turned up as there were some good world ranking points on offer.

The course was relentless with short steep climbs and nearly all single track, with no time to rest. My team mate Jeremy HK attacked from the gun and built a small lead, only Kabush was able to bridge to him. They had a lead of about 20 seconds and I was in third after the first lap, only I also missed my first drink bottle in the feed zone and had to back things off, as it was a warm day. From there I kept the lid on things until the final lap where Kabush had attacked JHK, who I also pass before the finish. So its another second place for me, and once again behind Kabush by about a minute and twenty seconds and JHK another 30 odd seconds back.

Next race is round two of the Norba series in Arizona this coming weekend.

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Cogley does the Polaris Double in 2005 Nalgene Polaris Challenge

After 2 days of hard competition in the forests and farmland around Comboyne/ Lorne/Hannam Vale on the mid North Coast of NSW, the Sydney team of Toby Cogley/Dave Cottee emerged as winners of the 9th Nalgene Polaris Challenge. Showing his skills in more than one activity, this backed up Cogleys win in the 2004 Paddle Polaris held on Myall Lakes last December.

The Nalgene Polaris Challenge is described by many as one of the most challenging mountain bike events in Australia and moves to a different region of NSW each year. 235 teams of 2 Riders found this years event area offered the perfect balance of challenge - just to get back to Comboyne from the overnight camp at Swans Crossing involved a 600 metres climb whichever way you went - and stunning views from mountain tops and ridges around the area. Another feature of the event was the incredible welcome put on by the village of Comboyne from the huge 6metre high 'Welcome' slashed into the hillside to another 'Welcome to Comboyne' made with local produce at Comboyne Showground to the accomodation offered to riders by many of the residents.

At the end of Day 1 the Queensland team of Mathew Groves/Peter Herzig had a 20 point lead over Cogley/Cottee with all riders camped at Swans Crossing. A major mechanical out near Waitui on the Sunday put paid to their chances and Cogley/ Cottee finished in first place with 410 points with Ian Wright/Liam O'Dea (345pts) in 2nd Overall and Nicholas Zarifeh/Stuart Bouveng (310pts) in 3rd. A reduced field in the Womens category this year saw Alison Curtin/Annalisa McKay (260pts) win for the first time with Helen McMullen/Alyssa Rogan (190pts) in second. This latter team typify the serious and fun nature of the event. This year's theme was cows/ dairy and Helen and Alyssa rode dressed a milkmaids with their bikes dressed as cattle and still they went hard. 3rd place was Buzz Powell/Mardi Beat (170pts). The Mixed Category saw a joint first place for Canberra team of Mel McIntyre/Bill Hunt (302pts) and Sydney team of Zoe King/Warren Burgess (302pts) over the Tasmanian team of Rowena Fry/Ben Mather (300pts) in third.

The Mens Vets was won by Gary Nelson/Kevin Songberg (260pts) from Sydney, the Mixed Vets by Jenny Caldwell/Will Caldwell (230pts) from Melbourne/Gold coast, the Super Vets by Guido Simionato/Roger Simionato (220pts) from Sydney and Womens Vets by Kay Haarsma/Liz Wilson (230pts) from Adelaide.

The cow theme was well received and many thousands of dollars were raised via the event for local community groups at Comboyne as well as for the Volunteer Rescue Association of NSW.

Full results will be found on http://www.wildhorizons.com.au/challenge/index.html. For further details contact Huw Kingston on 0418 977609, info@wildhorizons.com.au

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Buller DH Finals

Over 300 competitors, including almost all of Australia's top DH'ers, contested a tough and very technical International DH track at Mt. Buller in the Victorian Alps.

Sam Hill, 2005 Australian Junior mountain biker of the year, was best placed in the qualifying (3m 27.38s) and easily bettered his time in the finals (3m 20.87s), being almost 6 seconds quicker on a course which saw many riders do longer times in the finals. Sam's final time was 6 seconds faster than second place (Chris Kovarik) with Jarod Rando in third place (+7.02s).

Star rider of the day must have been Liam Panozzo (3m 27.69s) in U19 who would have placed in thrid place in Elite Men.

Full results are available on the results page.

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Mt. Buller XC Finals

The XC finals in the national MTB season were run today in glorious sunshine into the tall timer of the Victorian alps. A race course of 22km in length with a total climbing per lap of over 500m. This was the most exacting round on the series but the riders were very positive of the long race format.

Elite men rode 2 full laps and the winner, Dylan Cooper (ACT), raced a time of 2h3m22s, only 33 seconds ahead of Perren Delacour followed by Aiden Lefmann (+3m4s).

Elite Women rode a village loop and a full lap was won by Emma Coulson (1h38m44s), 3 minutes ahead of the Series leader Niki Fisher and Caroile Jackson (+6m).

The full results are available in the results page.

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Pre-Enter Nationals for a chance to win free MTBA membership for 12 months

With less than a week to go till the start of the 2005 National MTB Championships which marks the end of the National MTB season MTBA wants to encourage as many people as possible to pre-enter.

Pre-entry allows the organisers to set the level of infrastructure and services commensurate with the participation fields. Pre-entry also means that riders can simply turn up, grab their number plate and begin experiencing the pinnacle of competitive MTB in Australia. Conversely, entering on the day may mean long queues filling in paperwork, hassling over money and wasting valuable practice time. I am sure that you have better things to do with your time than standing in a queue!

To help you out, MTBA is offering 10 free memberships of MTBA and any affiliated club. Each membership package is worth up to $100 and is valid for a full 12 months from the date of the National Championships for non-members or from renewal for current members.

All you need to do to have a chance to win is to pre-enter the 2005 National Championships before 5.00pm on Tuesday 15th March. All currently pre- entered participants are eligible for the competition. Names will be drawn on Thursday 17th March 2005 and will be posted on the MTBA website and around the registration area from start of registration.

Winners that are current MTBA members will be sent a certificate that will entitle them for redemption of the offer when they renew. Winners that are not currently MTBA members will be able to gain MTBA membership at registration saving another $15.

Pre-enter for a chance to win!

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2005 MTBA AGM Notice

The 2005 Annual General Meeting for MTBA will be held on Saturday 19th March at 7.30 pm at the Golden Trout in conjunction with the 2005 National MTB Championships.

All current executive positions will be up for election.

Accordingly, nominations are called for:

President - Tony Scott currently holds both the President and CEO role for MTBA. Suitable nominees are sought for the role of President Vice President -No current incumbent Secretary - No current incumbent: tasks are largely taken on by MTBA CEO Treasurer - Current position holder, Vanessa Medder, will stand for re-election Futures - Current position holder is Bruce Dickey will stand for re-election Member Protection Officer - New position CA Board delegate - Current incumbent is Nigel Walker

Ordinary members - Interested people who wish to make a contribution to the management of MTBA. A maximum of 9 will be elected and 8 will represent a voice for each State and Territory in Australia. An additional election will occur for Bike Trials representative.

Brief Job Descriptions
The President position needs to have a devotion and passion for MTB, have a firm understanding of all aspects of MTBA activity in Australia and have a working knowledge of MTB activity internationally.

The Secretary will look after the minutes at each MTBA executive meeting. This position is largely performed by the MTBA CEO at present.

The Treasurer position should ideally be a certified accountant or someone with similar skills. The current incumbent has indicated a desire to stand again.

The Futures position, being in its second year, is still being defined but it is envisaged it will look towards placing MTBA in the best position to take advantage of new developments in MTB activity domestically and internationally. The Futures Officer would be a person who can think outside the square about where MTBA is at present and research possibilities for future directions.

The MPO is a new position as a result of the new ASC member protection policies and templates that the MTBA CEO is currently working through. This person would ideally have some social or community background and be already trained in dealing with issues of member protection.

No special skills are required for Ordinary members, apart from being enthusiastic about things MTB, but a working knowledge of MTB will be helpful.

Nomination.
To nominate send your nomination, including the nominee's MTBA member number and that of a seconder to MTBA be email before close of business on March 18 2005. Note that to be elected you must be a financial member of MTBA (and remain so for the duration of the nomination).

Order of Business:
Minutes from previous AGM will be read, Minutes from October General meeting will be read
The 2004 Financial statements will be presented
President's report will be presented
Election of new MTBA Executive and ordinary committee members
General business. Calls for general business matters are requested to be sent electronically to MTBA before March 10 2005.

Matters already listed include;
Progress of the current affiliation with Cycling Australia.
Discussion on the performance of the CEO for MTBA.
Discussion on the state of MTBA National Series
Discussion on membership costs and initiatives to retain members
The possibility of having regular quarterly face to face meetings of the executive/ board.
Discussion on bringing in outside expertise to the MTBA executive such as a legal expert and a media/promotions person
Discussion on Constitutional change
Selection of venue and hosts for national Championships 2006-2008
Selection of venue and hosts for 24hr Solo Championships 2005 - 2007

Get involved in your organisation by nominating, or coming along to the AGM to discuss the future of MTBA and MTB in Australia.

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Norba #1 – Trent Lowe places 2nd

From Trent Lowe...

Hey Everyone,

The mountain bike season has now begun and I am back in the US for the series. Many thanks to Jay and Stephanie for their help with my visa that let me into the country, to even be at the first race!

So the first round of the Norba series was in Texas not so far from San Antonio, where I was hoping the weather would be pretty nice considering we were so far south, and I had just left the mild Australian summer.

The first stage of the race was a short time trial on a very fast and fun bit of single track, I had a clean run and was only 3 seconds of Geoff Kabush to finish in second place. This meant I would have a good call up position for the next stage.

Stage two was the short track race, which was definitely one of the better courses for me, with a climb and a few technical corners in it. I had a really good start and the race split up on the climb about 10 minutes in, and I was out front with only Kabush, feeling really strong. We stayed away for the entire race until the final lap when we would attack one another numerous times. Geoff was really strong the last time over the climb and I was just hanging on his wheel by the top, this didn’t leave me any place to get around him to the finish line, and once again I would be second by a couple of bike lengths.

The weather turned bad the night before the cross country event and there must have been a few inches of rain fall. This had turned the course into a mud bath and the line stone became very slippery. I had a good start and by the top of the first 8 mile lap of three I was with 3 or 4 riders. The positions would move around a lot as it was so hard not to make mistakes, and everyone would gain or lose time in different areas. Adam Craig was really good in these conditions and got away from Kabush and myself on the last lap, and held his lead to the end for the win. I came in for another second place, to also finish second overall for the weekend. A win would have been better but the signs are good for the races in these coming weeks, one this weekend also in Texas and then onto Arizona for the next Norba round.

Thanks to everyone at my new Subaru – Gary Fisher team for there help, especially Ben and Allan for working so hard on getting our bikes ready in time for the first race.

Thanks for reading,

Trent.

You can email trent at: trentlowe@fastmail.fm

Trent will not, unfortunately, be able to attend the Australia National Championships due to his NORBA contractual arrangements.

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Nominations for 2005 Oceania MTB Championships now open

From Cycling Australia.

Cycling Australia (CA), in cooperation with Mountainbike Australia (MTBA), is now calling for nominations from riders interested in competing in the 2005 Oceania Mountainbike Championships. The Championships contested will be for Men and Women in Elite and U19 categories for Cross Country and Down Hill disciplines. As this is a UCI event, riders must be licensed with CA.

Nominations will close with the CA office prior to the Australian Mountainbike Championships on Friday 18 March (acf.info@cycling.org.au)

Nominations will be reviewed by the Mountainbike Selectors and the Australian Team to contest the Championships will be confirmed at the conclusion of the Nationals.

Oceania Championships are conducted under UCI regulations for Continental Championships and as such competitors will be required to compete in National Team jerseys. These jerseys are purchasable from CA however, in order to minimise cost, riders who have represented Australia in the past will be asked to wear their existing national team jersey and we have sought exemption for other riders to be able to wear club, state or registered team jerseys. We will advise as soon as possible if this is to be accepted by Oceania Confederation.

To simplify team operations, riders will be able to arrange their own accommodation at Mt Buller and no team management levy will be sought. However, this will be an Australian team and a schedule for team assembly at Mt Buller will be advised once the team is confirmed. Entry fees will apply.

Thank you in anticipation of your support of the 2005 Oceania Mountainbike Championships.

Graham Fredericks
Chief Executive Officer

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