Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) are pleased to confirm the dates and venues for the 2018 Cross Country State Championships which this year incorporates four states.
After holding last year’s event in Mackay, this year’s Queensland Cross-Country Championship will be held at Castle Hill, Ipswich on 3-4 November hosted by the Ipswich Cycling Club.
It’s the first time the club has hosted a cross-country state championship.
“This venue is famous for its raw, non-groomed trails which consist of varied terrain including hard pack, technical rocky trails with steep but rideable climbs and descents,” said club president Geoffrey Stieler.
That same weekend the South Australian State Championship will be held at Fox Creek, with the Adelaide Mountain Bike Club taking on the hosting duties.
Fox Creek is one of SA’s premiere trail networks, offering a range of trails, including the XC forest which features skinny, tight and naturally flowing trails.
“State Championships always attracts some fast locals which makes for great racing,” said the club’s social media co-ordinator Griff Knight.
Victorians will have their opportunity to vie for a state championships on the 18th November at You Yangs Mountain Bike Park.
It’s been eight years since the Geelong Mountain Bike Club have hosted a cross-country championships.
“The 6km Course includes two technical climbs (Boulder & Lactic Acid) and with 2 fun flowing rocky descents (Trilogy & Trav’s) to keep you smiling all the way to the event village. Victorian State Championship Jerseys are not handed out to just anyone they are earned.”
Tasmania will be the last state to host a championships on the 25th of November at Kelcy Tier a venue which offers a variety of trail features such as hand cut and raked in single track from late 90’s through to some recently machine built trails.
“Riders will be challenged with the terrain that requires 100% attention; fatigue and Kt don’t mix well, it will be a true challenge,” said Justin Warren from the Mersey Valley Davenport Cycling Club.
Clubs in Western Australia, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory are also encouraged to apply to host a State Championship event.
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