(XCO) Cross Country Olympic
(DHI) Down Hill International
Latte Fun Ride
U 13 Kids Ride
Ride or walk the XCO course used only a day earlier for the 2016 Subaru Australian MTB Championships.
All participants receive an event T-Shirt at the completion of the ride.
MARCH 17 to 20 - 2016
Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) is excited to announce that the Australian Mountain Bike Championships will return to Bright, in 2016.
For the third straight year, the best of the best on mountain bikes will converge on the Alpine Shire for four glorious days of competitive racing. The destination offers an amazing amount of versatility for the event with an outstanding trail network and a location offering a close proximity to accommodation, cafés and restaurants.
The 2016 Championships will again see Australia’s cream race across the major disciplines of Olympic Cross Country, Downhill, Observed Trials and Cross-country Criterium.
The Championships require the input and support of many organisations, and at the highest level represent a partnership between MTBA, the Alpine Shire Council and the Alpine Cycling Club.
Alpine Shire Mayor Ron Janas said the return showed the Alpine Shire was continuing to grow its reputation as a leading cycling destination. “We are really excited to see the Australian Mountain Bike Championships return to the Alpine Shire,” he said. “Having the championships return to Bright and surrounds will further cement the region as a cycling mecca and strengthen our product offer as a destination that promotes a life lived outside.”
MTBA President Russ Baker AM said “Bright has seen a great progression for mountain biking in recent years, from the most popular national series round in 2013 to the successful national 2014/15 championships. “This commitment from Bright and MTBA for this season, plus the dedication of the Alpine Cycling Club, will see developments in the sport in the region which will benefit mountain biking for years to come”.
VOLUNTEER BRIEFING VIDEOS
UHF Radio Operation
Cross Country Marshal
Downhill Transport Driver
Cross Country Olympic-
Starting and finishing in event village, the course travels through both pine and native forests on a variety of single track and fire trails. Despite the slightly longer loop, lap times will be quick as riders will be traveling at high speeds in and out of the Mystic Mountain Bike Park.
Bright will surprise a few riders as they make their way up the shuttle access – this hill is seriously steep. The Mystic Course has been lovingly crafted by local riders over a number of years and offers a challenging single track trail with almost 500m+ of elevation loss. The fast riders will need to stay focused to avoid the distraction of the fun they’re having. The track has had rave reviews and has quickly become a nationwide favourite.
Cross Country Criterium -
The Cross Country Criterium will have the whole town cheering. A fast‐paced urban mountain bike event through the event village and adjacent pine forest.
Observed Trials -
The trials course will be held within the Event Village on a man made obstacle course featuring natural materials and others sourced from local industry including pine logs and wooden apple bins.
Cross Country (XCO) – XCO is the mountain bike discipline included in the Olympic Games, and provides a diverse riding experience including climbing and descending. An XCO course must be between 4km and 6km in length, preferably using the venue in the form of a cloverleaf to provide optimum course contact with the race village. No more than 15% of the course may be on paved or sealed road.
Downhill (DHI ) – DHI is a point-to-point format race involving a course of between 1.5km and 3.5 km. Total race time should be between two and five minutes. The course must contain a maximum of 3% paved roads and will consist of a variety of different terrain types. There should be an emphasis on technical skills rather than pedaling.
Cross Country Criterium (XCC) – XCC is a short course cross country racing format where riders contest a course up to 1km in length. The course may include a range of natural and artificial obstacles.
Observed Trials- (OT) - Mountain bike trials, also known as observed trials, is a discipline of mountain biking in which the rider attempts to pass through an obstacle course without setting foot to ground. Trials riding is an extreme test of bicycle handling skills, over all kinds of obstacles, both natural and man-made. Riders are penalised via a sliding points scale for mistakes made while trying to ‘clean’ the section. The regulations provided by the UCI Trials Commission will be used as a reference.