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Shimano 2004 Australian Cyclist of the Year Awards

The Shimano 2004 Australian cyclist of the year awards will be presented on Friday 26th November in a gala event to be held in Sydney. The following criteria is taken into consideration in weighted order:
Performance at principal world events
Performance at other major international events
Performance at premier domestic level
Consistency of Performances
Ambassadorship for the sport of cycling

The following finalists are listed in alphabetical order for MTB. Full finalist lists can be seen at the Cycling Australia :

Junior Men’s MTB Cyclist of the Year
Amiel Cavalier
National Champion, National Series Champion and seventh at the World Championships.
Shaun Lewis
Lewis is the Cross Country Australian Champion and National Series winner. He finished tenth in the World Championships.

Junior Women’s MTB Cyclist of the Year
Tracey Hannah
National ELITE Champion and a second and two fifth placings in the elite division of the NORBA USA national series.
Erica Oldfield
National Champion and 24th at the World Championships.

Male MTB Cyclist of the Year
Sam Hill
In 2004 Hill proved that teenage enthusiasm and talent can overcome the toughest obstacles defeating far more experienced rivals to claim the Australian Downhill Title. At the World Championships he secured the bronze medal and consistent performances throughout the season saw him finish second overall in the World Cup Series.
Nathan Rennie
Three podium finishes and consistent performances saw Rennie finish third overall in the World Cup Downhill Series. At the World Championships he was fifth.
Sid Taberlay
Sid is the 2004 Australian and Oceania Cross Country Champion and finished in the top ten in two of the three World Cup rounds he contested. He was second in the European Cup in Belgium and at the Olympic Games he was 23rd.

Female MTB Cyclist of the Year
Lisa Mathison
Mathison lined up as the youngest competitor in the cross country at the Athens Olympic Games but despite giving her rivals a headstart in experience the 19 year old two time junior World Champion more than held her own on the hot, dusty course to finish tenth. She finished 14th overall in the World Cup Series.
Katrina Miller
Miller claimed vistory in the 4-Cross event at the French World Cup round in Les 2 Alpes and was in the top five two other rounds. She ended the Series ranked fourth overall. At the World Championships in Les Gets, France she finished fifth.

Congratulations to all these fine athletes and good luck at the awards.

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National Series Primer

Get all the goss on the national MTB series, rules, information about the courses and the events.

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Commonwealth Games MTB course construction tender available

Construction of the State Mountain Bike Course at Lysterfield Park - Tender No.6692

Maintaining the health of our parks and reserves, while providing a range of excellent visitor services not only contributes to the environmental health of our state but also to the physical and mental health of all Victorians – Healthy Parks, Healthy People.

Expressions of Interest for this project were previously sought by the Department for Victorian Communities through the advertisement of Expression of Interest document No. DVC 2004 - 38. The Department for Victorian Communities has now engaged Parks Victoria to project manage the tendering and construction phases of the proposed works. Due to an inadequate response to the original Expression of Interest process, the Department for Victorian Communities has now decided to re- advertise, and move to an open tender process. All parties who previously expressed interest in the project are invited to Tender.

Parks Victoria on behalf of the Office of Commonwealth Games Co-ordination is seeking tenders from suitably qualified organisations to provide construction services to deliver a world class Mountain Bike Course at Lysterfield Park for the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and for future Mountain Bike competitions. The track will be approximately 6.5km in length, and the works involve moderate earthworks for track formation and drainage, and extensive landscaping type works to provide the technical features.

Tender documents may be obtained from Mr. Len Purton by calling the Parks Victoria Information Centre on 13 1963. Documents are available for inspection at the address below, prior to purchase, as the $50 document fee is non-refundable. Office hours are 8:30am - 5:30pm.

Respondents are to lodge their Tender responses marked CONFIDENTIAL, Tender No.6692 - Construction of the State Mountain Bike Course at Lysterfield Park, by 2: 00pm Wednesday 8 December 2004 in the Tender Box located at Parks Victoria, Level 10, 535 Bourke St, Melbourne, Vic. 3000.

The lowest or any tender will not necessarily be accepted. Parks Victoria is an Equal Opportunity employer.

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2005 Ausport Awards closing soon

The ASC's 2005 Ausport Awards nominations are closing soon.

As a member of the Club Development Network you are eligible to nominate for the Club Development Award. (You may also nominate for other categories.)

The Ausport Awards are designed to recognise and reward good practice in the industry across a diverse range of categories for individuals as well as organisations.

The Ausport Awards provide recognition in ten categories, including Schools, Clubs, Rural and Regional activities, National Sporting Organisations, Junior Sport as well as individual awards for lifetime achievement in coaching development, officiating development and furthering women in sport. The winner of each category will be in the running to receive the prestigious Ausport Award - for the most outstanding achievement in 2004.

Each finalist will also be invited to attend the presentation ceremony as part of the Australian Sports Commission's Our Sporting Future Forum to be held from March 2 to 4 2005 at the Sydney Convention Centre. Finalists will receive free registration and attendance at Australia's premier sport development forum. (This is a saving of approx $500 for registration as well as free travel and accommodation in Sydney)

For information on the Ausport Awards including how to nominate click on this link:

For a copy of the nomination booklet or more information, please call 1800 000 685.

Nominations for the Ausport Awards close on 26 November 2004, so start planning your nomination now!

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Killingworth, XC#2

A new, updated entry form for Killingworth has been uploaded in the calendar pages. Changes include a modified start time for several classes and a reduced entry fee for some classes. Please use the uploaded form in pre-registration

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National Season kicks off in the best style possible

Cairns made a a welcome return to national MTB competition when it hosted the lead-out events in the 2004/2005 national MTB series. Although the competition fields were small by comparison to events held further south the organization and scope of the preparation on the events was anything but. Cairns has set the level for all other national series hosts to aim towards. Great commentary, music and food. Great courses that were technical but achievable and which had a great deal of thought put in about what they were going to demand of the riders. An awesome inaugural MTNX event on Friday night under the balmy Cairns night really set the scene for the weekend for those that travelled north. Results are now listed in the results page. Well done cairns MTB Club - bring on 2005!

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National MTB Series only days away from a great start

The start of the national season is only days away and what better venue to start at than Cairns. The Cairns club ( have an awesome website that details all you would ever need to know about the event on the 5-7 of November.

MTBA have produced an information booklet for the series that outlines all the important stuff riders and spectators need to know about the conduct of the series.

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Automatic Qualifiers for 2005 World Sole MTB Championships announced

The list of Australian qualifiers from the 2004 MONT 24hr for the World Solo Championships in Canada in 2005 is:

Tory Thomas Melanie McIntyre Julie Day Imogen Smith Freya Scollay Kim Whitehouse Kay Haarsma

Joshua Street David Osmond Graeme Allbon Steve Fitchett Michael Meryment Kirk Vandeweghe Jez Spackman Bill Hunt Wayne Bradbury Andrew Cowie Harley Johnstone Hamish Elliott Ian Wright Damian Thomson Stuart Kane Ray Giddins Neil Dall Phil Mathewson

Liam O'Dea also qualifies by virtue of having raced in the 2004 World Solos.

Finally, Tristan Bennett gets a berth by virtue of his awesome efforts of riding the MONT on a single speed!

The race is normally on in the first week of September. Congratulations and hopefully the Riders from Oz can kick some serious butt in North America.

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National MTB calendar updated

There have been some date changes in the national Series calendar and we now have a Bike Trials Series thanks to the great work of Rod Smith and the Bike Trials adherents. Download the latest calendar here.

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SPiNACH Film Fesival – this weekend

SPiNACH is an extreme film festival for extreme sports athletes and filmakers. Congratulations to last years winners, a team of mountain bikers from Melbourne with their film "Inertia".

Where? Wharf 8 OPT
When? This saturday
Who is exhibiting? Primarily sports associations, gear manufactureres and Sponsors
Time? 6pm - Midnight

Whats on?
6pm- 9pm: Exhibiters, Photo Exhibition, Demos, climbing, trials, bmx, skate, blade
9pm- 11pm: The top twelve extreme sports films entered this year
11pm till late: Then DJ to see us out

How many? 1000 plus of the core industry, plus mass media, and our crew for fuel tv

Primarily SPiNACH exists to encourage people in thier sports and in filming them.

Go to for all the info or contact Justin Maxwell the convener for the SPiNACH Film Festival at (Mob) 0402427733 or

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