Non-stop action guaranteed at MTB National Championships

Australia’s elite riders are set to descend on the Alpine Shire for the Subaru Mountain Bike National Championships in Bright next weekend.

Come and join in the excitement and watch competitors take on the difficult Downhill, Cross Country and Elite Cross Country trails or the Observed Trials which offer some spectacular skill.

On Sunday morning, the general public are invited to join in an event first, The Latte Ride, where the weekend warrior can feel like one of the world’s best by riding the Cross Country Course.

For the third and final year, spectators can view the nation’s best riders navigating Mystic MTB Park’s challenging trails and Alpine Shire Council Director Sustainable Development Heather Green said the event had continued to grow the shire’s reputation as a leading cycling destination.

“The Alpine Shire has some of the best mountain bike tracks in Australia and being able to secure the Subaru Australian Mountain Bike National Championships for three years has cemented the area as a leading cycling destination,” she said.

“This event showcases what Bright and the shire has to offer to the cycling community and visitors as a whole, and the versatility of an outstanding trail network which is in close proximity to accommodation, cafés, and restaurants means Bright is ideal for both competitors and spectators.

“The Alpine Community Plantation and Mystic MTB Park is a premium location for the event and the Alpine Cycling Club has put in hundreds of man hours to ensure the trails challenge even the best competitor.”

Ms Green said the success of the event had given the Alpine Shire a short-term economic boost with local businesses benefiting from Championships.

“The event draws a large number of competitors from across the country, and if we look at the average visitor spend based on a four-day stay, we can work out that approximately $1 million is spent within the shire during the event,” she said.

“There were over 600 participants at last year’s event and organisers are expecting well over 700 this year, and of course there will be hundreds of spectators who will be lining up to watch all the action of the Downhill, Cross Country, Observed Trials and Cross Country Eliminator over the four-day event, which is just fantastic for the shire.”

For a full list of events or to register for The Latte Ride visit http://www.mtba.asn.au/event/national-champs/.

Anyone wishing to volunteer during the event can sign up at http://alpinecyclingclub1.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=12510, or for more information please contact Alpine Cycling Club member Jenny Corser on 0400 105 830.


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