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Australia’s first 24hr solo-only event, Canberra March 26-27 2005

The club that holds the largest MTB event in Australia, Canberra Off-Road Cyclists, will be holding the first Australian Solo-Only 24Hr MTB race at Majura Pines in the ACT this Easter (26/27 March). If you're one of the few MTB'ers in the country who hasn't ridden Majura, check out the Feb/Mar 2005 edition of Australian Mountain Bike magazine for a pull-out map of the forest plus directions. Camping and the start/finish will be at the entrance to the Innabaanya Guide Camp.

Entries are capped at 300 riders so get in quick.

As a Solo-Only race this is your chance to see what endurance riding is really like. No taking it easy in a team at this race!

In line with MTBA endurance riding policy, the lower age limit for the Australian Solo-Only 24 Hour is 18. For riders who are 16 or 17 and want a taste of solo endurance riding, CORC will be running two 6 hour races as a Junior solo mini-series on the same course at the same time, with race 1 staring with all the riders at 1200 Saturday and race 2 starting from 0600 on Sunday - so you get to finish with all the riders too! Best combined laps/times wins!

The course will be about a 9Km lap. If you’ve ridden the 2004 Mont Australian 24 Hr MTB Championship course, then this one is half the distance, contains a higher percentage of single track and has some more technical sections in it – after all, if you’re gonna knock out 24 hours of solo riding, you can probably ride a bike!

The course will be open for practice from 1000 on Easter Friday, rego from 1500-2100 Friday and 0700-1000 Saturday 26 March 2005. Compulsry race brief at 1100 and then start at 1200. The race will be using “Mont” rules – so you must complete the lap you are on when 24 hours are up in order to get a valid result.

Remember, you must have a solo helper and if your are entering the Junior Solo Mini-Series, your parent/guardian must be one of your helpers and must be on-site whenever you are riding.

You can get more info and enter online at http://www.corc.asn.au.

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Policies added and updated

MTBA has recently updated its mountain bike access policy to natural areas. It is available at https://www.mtba.org.au/general/policies/docs/mtbaaccesspolicy05.pdf

MTBA has also instituted a policy on junior participation in mountain bike endurance events such as 4hr - 24+hr races and marathon styled events. See it at https://www.mtba.org.au/general/policies/docs/mtb_endurance04.pdf

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Final round National Series entry forms available

Entry forms for Mt. Buller (March 12 - 13) are now available in the national XC and DH calendar section.

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Mt. Buller national series finals: Accommodation deals

If you are going to go to Buller for the Finals grab yourself a great accommodation deal now while the specials last.

Mercure Grand Chalet Mount Buller
Single/Double/Twin share accommodation in a King Room Inc Breakfast, and a Two Course Dinner for only $178.00 Nett per room per night. This rate will only be available by booking directly with the Mercure Grand Chalet Mount Buller directly on 1800 810 200. Please request the "Mountain Bike Package Rate".

Alberg Hotel
Double/Twin share accommodation $100 per room per night. Bookings on (03) 5777 6260

Spurs Lodge
Backpacker style bunk rooms. Maximum of 4 people per room $20 per person per night. Bookings on (03) 5777 7875

Breathtaker Hotel
Double/Twin share accommodation $170 per room per night. Bookings on (03) 5777 6377

Also check out the Ski Buller web address http://www.mtbuller.com.au/accommodation/ or ring the Central Reservations on 1800 039 049.

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MTBA Technical Delegates needed

MTBA has recently called for people with appropriate and proven or emerging skills to act as Technical Delegates at high profile events sanctioned by MTBA.

Two options are offered:

1. Fast-track accreditation.
Late last year MTBA called for clubs to indicate to us people within the club structure that have a great depth of experience and knowledge in acting in a capacity of Technical Delegate (commissaire in CA speak).

These people are the ones in clubs that set courses, are actively involved in club management activities on race day and are very familiar with the MTB rules and regulations. They will have a highly developed sense of risk management and are able to bring it all together on race day so as to advise and oversee MTBA's high profile MTB competition activities.

In particular people who have previously attended commissaire courses under CA/ AMBA are encouraged to be nominated.

Please forward names and details of experience to your club so that they can send your details to MTBA by the end of the month (31 January 2005) and also indicate if the person nominated would be able or willing to attend an international UCI commissaire course to be held in Sydney, May 17 - 21 2005 (in preparation for the Commonwealth Games in March 2006).

2. Technical Delegate course in Eildon, March 17 - 20 2005.
As for 2004, MTBA will be conducting a Technical Delegate course in conjunction with the national championships being staged in Eildon, March 17 - 20 2005. People who should attend this course would include those in MTBA affiliated clubs who are emerging as being active in club race organising or management and want to help ensure that MTB club events are the best run they can be.

MTBA will pay for accommodation while in Eildon (twin share) and will contribute towards meals as needed.

Please forward names and contact details to MTBA by 28th February 2005.

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UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Under New Management from 2006

From farkin.net:

Press Release: The international governing body for cycling, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has confirmed today that it has awarded the exclusive management and marketing rights of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup to a partnership made up of two sports companies, GESTEV of Canada and 23 Degrees Sports Management of Spain.

Read more at http:www.farkin.net

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Australian Solo 24hr MTB Championships hosting

In 2004 MTBA awarded the inaugural Australian Solo 24hr MTB Championships to Canberra Off Road Cyclists at their signature event "The MONT".

MTBA now calls for people interested in hosting the 2005 - 2007 Australian Solo 24hr Championships to obtain the hosting documents available here. Completed bids must be received by MTBA by the due date of 4th March 2005.

Selection will be made in conjunction with the 2005 MTBA AGM to be held in Eildon in March.

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National Championships hosting documents now available

The final year of the current contract to host the MTBA National MTB Championships come to a conclusion in March 2005 when Fat Tyre Flyers present the 2005 MTB National in Eildon, central Victoria.

MTBA now calls for interested parties to apply to host and present the 2006 - 2008 National MTB Championships.

Bid documents and additional information are available here and the bids are due to be received by MTBA by 4th March 2005, with the successful bid being announced at the 2005 Nationals.

More information can be obtained by contacting Tony Scott (mtba@bigpond.com).

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Roost Master Junior Olympic MTB XC race training camps

Are you 15 - 17 years old? Do you race MTB XC? Do you dream of one day representing Australia at World championships or even the Olympics?

MTBA is proud to introduce an exciting development initiative - Roost Master Junior Olympic MTB XC race training camps.

Spend 4 days training and racing under the supervision of the National and Olympic MTB XC coach Damian Grundy, members of the national MTB team and support staff of the national program.

2 camps are planned for early 2005, both conducted in conjunction with national series MTB rounds at Kooralbyn (12-13 February 2005) and Mt. Buller (12-13 March 2005).

Read more about this exciting initiative here.

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Updated national rankings now available

National ranking tables for DH (after Kooralbyn, DH#4), XC (after Kooralbyn, XC#5) and MTN X (after Armidale, MTNX#3) are now available in the results pages.

If errors or incorrect name spellings are evident please contact MTBA.

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