Entries Are Now Open for The 2015/16 MTBA National Series

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Entries are now open for the 2015/16 MTBA National Series, with the upcoming edition promising to deliver absorbing racing at some of the most revered mountain biking venues in Australia. 

The six-stop season will commence in Mount Taylor, Victoria, with the iconic venue set to host a round for the first time. The season will be held in no less than four states and a territory, before culminating at the National Championships in breathtaking Bright, Victoria.

MTBA CEO Shane Coppin highlighted some of the exciting new additions to this year’s series, before encouraging riders of all skill levels to get involved.

“MTBA are happy to build upon the National Series success of last year,” Coppin said.

“With the upcoming edition set to feature visits to new venues, the return of the XCO to Thredbo and the introduction of some UCI category one events.

“Ultimately the National Series is not only suited to elite riders, but to riders of all levels.”

Once again, the 2015/16 series will feature the popular Cross Country Criterium (XCC, short track) format, which provides riders with more race time, and spectators with some action-packed racing.

The following table outlines the categories available within the XCC format in the upcoming series, and the event restrictions associated. Please note that races will typically be the minimum distance +1 lap or +3 laps, depending on course length; +1 lap for long courses, +3 laps for short courses.

XCC categories 

 

Open to…

Duration

          Entry restrictions

Elite Men

Male riders 17yo+

25-30 min

  • · Riders entered in XCO Elite men may only enter XCC Elite men and no other category.
  • · Masters riders may elect to race this category.
  • · Under 19 riders are permitted to enter should they wish to do so for a higher level competition.

Elite Women

Female riders of any age.

25-30 min

  • · Riders entered in XCO Elite women may only enter XCC Elite women and no other category.
  • · No other restrictions.

Expert

Any rider 17yo+

20-25 min

  • · Under 17 riders may enter this category with special permission only.
  • · All Masters and Under 19 riders are expected to enter this category.

Sport
Includes U15

Any other riders subject to performance restrictions

15-20 min

  • · All Under 17 and Under 15 riders may enter this category.
  • · Other entrants (for example, Masters 5 riders) are only permitted if their average lap time is slower than the winning XCO Under 15 men’s lap time.
  • · The highest placed Under 15 riders will be awarded medals, but will not be a separate race.  Series points will be from overall placing.

MTBA President Russ Baker echoed the words of Coppin, emphasising how inclusive the National Series had become.

“The National Series provides everyone with the opportunity to participate in top-level competition that will both reward and test all riders,” Baker said. 

“MTBA has chosen a range of locations around the country that will ensure the National Series is available to all riders. We have also made two rounds as UCI C1 events, which provides our best riders with the opportunity to gain valuable UCI points on their home tracks, without the level of financial commitment required to race overseas.   

“The National Series is not just about the Elites, with a large range of Junior and Masters categories, it provides something for every mountain biker.”

To enter any event in the 2015/16 National Series, please visit the MTBA calendar via this link: http://www2.mtba.asn.au/calendar/

Please note that those with series discounts only need to add their membership number this year, not their name and number as advised.

2015/16 MTBA Season Schedule 

Date

Location

Event(s)

Category

27th – 29th Nov, 2015

Mt Taylor, VIC

DHI, XCO, XCC

CAT 2

11th – 13th Dec, 2015

Mt Stromlo, ACT

DHI, XCO, XCC

CAT 2

23rd – 24th Jan, 2016

Pemberton, WA

XCO Double Header

CAT 1

5th – 7th Feb, 2016

2016 Thredbo, NSW

DHI, XCO, XCC

CAT 2

4th – 6th March, 2016

Toowoomba, QLD

DHI, XCO, XCC

CAT 1

17th – 20th March, 2016

Bright, VIC

DHI, XCO, XCE, XCC OT

National Championships        

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