Mt Buller Announces International Speakers for Second Annual Australian MTB Summit

Following a successful inaugural event in 2014, Mt Buller will host the second annual Australian Mountain Bike Summit on 7-8 December, with an impressive line-up of keynote speakers confirmed to deliver invaluable insights vital to the growth of mountain biking in Australia.

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The two-day Summit program has been designed purely to meet the needs of those in the mountain biking space, and features a range of Australian and international industry experts, including:

  • Scot Nichol, Ibis Cycles (USA): MTB evolution: Fat bikes, e-bikes and changing wheel sizes – fads or the future?  
  • Troy Rarick, Over the Edge Sports (USA): How to remain on top in the competitive MTB tourism landscape
  • Dave Donaldson, Rotorua Lakes Council (NZ): Rotorua – building a world-class MTB destination
  • Nicole Orriss and Phil Currie, RDV and Clayton Neil, Indigo Shire Council (Panel):  Show me the money – how to secure funds for new MTB developments.
  • Kate Leeming, Adventurer and Author: Breaking the Cycle – The story of the expedition.
  • Simon French, Dirt Art: The Australian MTB market profile.

Further topics to be covered include advocacy leadership, emerging trail developments, marketing to mountain bikers, professional trail building standards and certification, what’s going down in the gravity space, great trails 101, the future of MTB events in Australia, building MTB trails on a limited budget and regional collaboration for optimal outcomes.

Amber Gardner, Marketing Director for Mt Buller Resort Management, said the 2015 Summit will appeal to a broad range of delegates. “We were thrilled with the success of the inaugural Summit in 2014, and are really looking forward to this year’s event which looks set to be even bigger and better. We’ve designed this year’s Summit program with a whole new line-up of topics and speakers, so delegates that attended in 2014 will see a completely new and different program that will bring further insight and knowledge for the industry.

“This year’s Summit will immediately follow the mountain bike season opening weekend, giving delegates the ideal opportunity to experience Mt Buller’s world-class trails before, during and after the event. We’ve allowed further time in the program for networking, socialising and riding on top of the comprehensive program of keynote addresses and interactive workshops – it’s going to be a massive few days!”

The 2015 Australian Mountain Bike Summit will be held at Mt Buller on 7-8 December, at Australia’s only IMBA-accredited Ride Center and home of the Southern Hemisphere’s only IMBA Epic Trail, the Australian Alpine Epic.

Registrations are now open – delegates who register prior to 16 October will receive a 10% discount, taking the $499 registration fee to $449.

For further information and to register, visit bike.mtbuller.com.au or email [email protected].

 

On Track With Curtis Keene – The Story Behind Race Plate 139 – S2E6

This Episode deals with the passion and the risks involved with racing mountain bikes. It is dedicated to Will Olson, race plate number 139 at Stop #5 of the Enduro World Series, who unexpectedly passed away on August 1st 2015 while racing.

The athletes, the event organising committee, the volunteers, and the spectators, came into Colorado with excitement but left Crested Butte with heavy hearts.

This Episode is dedicated to Will. Ride in Peace.

Falls Creek Announces McKayos Mass Start Race

Falls Creek’s mountain bike program has been going absolutely bananas over the past few years. We took a trip up the mountain last year to take a look at what they’ve been building and it blew us away – watch the vid below for taste!

Falls are celebrating the start of the summer season with something new – a mental mass start race from the peak of Mt McKay (1850m) to the edge of Lake Bogong over 1200m below! The McKayos (geddit?!) mass start race will kick off with a couple of kays of snow, before linking up a variety of trails and surfaces over its 18km course. Read below for the official word from Falls Creek, or head to the McKayos page here for all the details.

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Mt McKay, at left, will be a snowy affair!

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Following in the footsteps of Europe, Falls Creek will host the inaugural ‘McKayos’ mass start mountain bike Gravity Enduro event on the closing weekend for the winter season, similar to the Megavalanche style event held in many European resorts.  This unique event will start from the snowy slopes of Australia’s highest drivable peak, Mt McKay at 1,850m to the pristine shores of Lake Guy in Bogong Village at 660m.

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Combining Snow, Dirt and Road, the course takes riders 18km through fire trails and sealed mountain roads for a total descent of 1200m. A mass start on snow is sure to see some chaos from the starter’s gun as riders muscle for position.

The riders will start on a packed snow surface for approximately 1-2km.  Roads used will include Mt McKay / Pretty Valley Rd, Road 26 and the Bogong High Plains Rd, plus other local tracks.  Riders will traverse a varying type of surfaces including packed and groomed snow, formed sealed and unsealed roads and tracks and formed, unsealed trail. In the interests of competitor safety, competitors may be requested to dismount and walk across small sections of course.

100 riders are anticipated to race in this unique event on Sunday, 4th October 2015.  This is one riders won’t want to miss.

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EVENT DETAILS

•             Single Gravity Enduro mountain bike stage

•             Single mass start

•             Entries open to Individual competitors

•             Winners will be determined by first individual rider to complete the course

•             The event will not be a timed event. No official timing will be provided by the event organisers

•             Competitors will be shuttled back to Falls Creek upon finishing the stage

•             Full face helmets are mandatory

•             Event will conclude with a presentation and BBQ at Slalom Plaza in Falls Creek

Focus – 2016 Range Highlights

Founded not too long ago in 1992 by a German World Cyclocross Champion, Focus produce bikes so polished they had us fooled that they’d been around a lot longer than that. Their bikes are dripping with German engineering, and the pricing is pretty good too.

We headed down to Focus Australia’s 2016 range preview in the glorious Barossa Valley to politely dodge the delicious wine and fine food in the name of selfless mountain bike media, and see what new bikes are on offer.

It’s a big year for the brand with a whole new 120mm travel suspension bike – the Spine – finally filling the big gap between their enduro weapon, the SAM and the Raven or Black Forest hardtail.

Also fresh for next season is the all-new Raven. The racey 29er hardtail gets reworked in a big way with a nod to both compliance and stiffness, and it’s a wild looking thing indeed.

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The beautiful Barossa Valley upstaged by an even more beautiful 2016 Sam Carbon.

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This all-new model looks the goods, with 120mm travel 27.5″ wheels in a lightweight frame, remote rear shock lockout, a dropper seatpost and frame geometry that won’t be too afraid of serious mountain biking. Being a completely new model Focus were able to work from the ground up, offering a bike to best suit the modern mountain biker after a quick handling short travel bike.

This is the bike that Focus was lacking, to fill the gap between the hardtails and the SAM.

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The top level Spine C 0.0 for $9999. 10.2kg as seen here.

Taking visual and design elements from its bigger brother the SAM, it uses a single pivot design that drives a one-piece rocker link. A beefy head tube junction with strikingly angular lines join a slim and straight set of tubes out the back.

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The big port for internal cables will accept any drivetrain configuration easily, from double chainrings to singles. Also it’ll accept cables for an adjustable seatpost and even for a remote rear shock lockout.

We’ll see three carbon and two aluminium Spines coming to Australia, plus a women’s specific ‘EVO Donna’ version.

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The Spine EVO Donna, women’s specific. $3799.

Spine C 0.0 – $9999

Spine C Factory – $6999

Spine C SL – $4999

Spine EVO $3799

Spine EVO Donna – $3799

Spine Elite – $2899

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For 2016 the Raven carbon hardtail frame is meaner and lighter than ever, with a claimed weight of only 885 grams for the top level Max frame.

The folks at Focus have gone pretty hard to design this new hardtail to be as compliant as possible. Making the most of the magic carbon material’s ability to take on any shape and wall thickness, the result is a bike that you can visibly see flexing and bending in places when you sit on it, but remains completely rock solid when leaning on the cranks or bars. We’ll be receiving a Raven to test soon, we can’t wait to put it to test on the trails.

Focus hold a seriously strong presence in the road and cyclocross market and racing scene, and there is no hiding that when you take a close look at the Raven’s frame. It’s a very aggressive yet sleek shape, with loads of big shapes up the front that peter out to slim and thinly constructed lines out the back.

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Raven Max Team 29 – $7999

Coming to Australia with 29″ wheels only, we’ll see five models and one women’s specific Raven Donna with 27.5″ wheels.

Raven Max Team 29 – $7999

Raven Max Factory 29 – $4999

Raven Max Pro 29 – $4499

Raven EVO 29 – $3499

Raven Elite 29 – $2899

Raven Elite 27 Donna – $2899

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The Raven Max Pro 29, $4499.

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The SAM was the first Focus we ever tested, and it sure was a good one. We loved its classic styling with straight aluminium tubes, anodised finish and big welds, but new for 2016 is a carbon options of this burly machine.

It’s more than just a carbon frame too, a revision of the frame geometry sees the SAM keep up to date with the popular demands from modern riders with shorter chainstays, wheelbase and a slightly lower bottom bracket.

The SAM uses 160mm of travel, a slack 65.8 degree head angle, 27.5″ wheels and the new carbon version loses 8mm in chainstay length to bring it to a zippy 430mm.

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The stunning SAM C Team, $8999.
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The suspension pivot sits above and behind the rear hub axle.

Four versions of the SAM will make it to our shores, three carbon and one aluminium.

SAM C Team – $8999

SAM C SL – $6999

SAM C Pro – $5499

SAM Factory – $3999


We’ve lined up a whole host of 2016 Focus bikes for testing, so keep an eye out for our trail review of the SAM C, Spine and Raven Max very soon.

Fresh Product: Rubena Scylla and Kratos TEXTRA tyres

Anyone who has experienced the wallet-emptying frustration of a slashed sidewall will appreciate these new tyres from Rubena.

The Czech manufacturer is so confident of resilience the new TEXTRA versions of their Scylla and Kratos tyres that they offer a 100-day sidewall guarantee! Looking into the detail, it’s a pretty generous guarantee too. You can find the full details here, but in a nutshell, if the damage happens in Australia, under normal conditions, and the load on the tyre is under 140kg, then you’re covered.

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We’ve got two TEXTRA tyres to test, both in a 29×2.25″ size. There’s the fast-rolling Scylla, which weighs in at 625g on our scales (significantly lighter than the 690g claimed weight on the packaging!) and the more aggressive looking Kratos, which is no heavyweight either at 754g. In terms of pricing, the TEXTRA versions of these tyres run at about $10 more than the regular tyre, which is a bargain really for the extra peace of mind.

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While Rubena are still a lesser known player in Australia, they have a good following in the marathon and cross country racing arena; the Scylla in particular has a proven racing pedigree, with Bec Henderson, Dan MacConnell and many others racking up a load of titles on these treads.

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Fitting these tyres to a set of Stan’s Crest wheels, the reinforcement of the sidewalls was clear, and it took a little more effort than usual to get the stiffer construction mounted to the rim. We’re going to run the Scylla out back, the Kratos out front. Stay tuned for a review in the coming weeks.

N1NO – The Hunt for Glory – Chapter 6: Making History

In one of the most exciting XCO Racing seasons in history, N1NO Schurter took back the coveted rainbow jersey.

It is the 4th Elite World Championship title of his career. His 10th victory this year marked the 29 year old SCOTT athlete’s best ever season.

Coming to World Championships after winning three World Cup races in a row made N1NO the clear favourite for the Worlds title.

Check out N1NO´s season recap and learn more how this World Championship title was brought back home.

Watch the Toughest Downhill Race Ever

Hard by name, hard by nature, Red Bull Hardline isn’t an event for the faint-hearted. Over four days of practice and racing, the insanely difficult downhill course claimed several victims, and by race day, only eight riders were left standing to race against the clock.

Built by Dan Atherton on a remote mountainside in Wales, Red Bull Hardline combined gap jumps big enough to fit trucks into and sections that wouldn’t look out of place on the toughest World Cup track on a course around four minutes long. It’s incredibly tough on mind, body and bike.

Watch the best of the highlights from Red Bull Hardline below.

The road gap feature, made famous by last year’s event, returned in dramatic style for 2015, sending riders off the side of the mountain and almost over the heads of the crowds of spectators.

But even this paled into insignificance in the shadow of the Renegade, a step-up so hard that nobody even attempted it. A near-vertical take-off looked to launch riders into thin air, turning to a landing a good three-stories high.

In the end, Ruaridh Cunningham claimed the victory in a run that was as much about survival than style.

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet. I think the goal for most of us was just to make it down. To link it all together and make it to the bottom was pretty challenging. I’m happy to be going back to Scotland safe!”

Joe Smith took second place, 3.6s behind Cunningham, and Bernard Kerr placed third.

See the POV video of Ruaridh Cunningham’s winning run below.

Red Bull Hardline final results

1. Ruaridh Cunningham 3m53.785s
2. Joe Smith 3m57.402s
3. Bernard Kerr 4m1.035s
4. Adam Brayton 4m11.028s
5. Reece Wilson 4m15.335s
6. Craig Evans 4m20.701s
7. Alex Bond 7m47.398s
8. Gee Atherton 10m47.941s

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

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

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MTBA Announces Relocation to The Gold Coast

MTBA is proud to announce that it has partnered with the City of Gold Coast and Bond University to relocate to the Gold Coast at the end of October, in what will herald an exciting new phase for the sport in Australia.

The move is set to offer fantastic opportunity, and endless possibility to grow the sport of mountain biking in the region, particularly in the lead up to the 2017 MTBA National Championships and 2018 Commonwealth Games, which will both be held on the Gold Coast.

MTBA President Russ Baker welcomed the move, highlighting the region’s historical ties with the sport and the fantastic opportunities that lay ahead.

“While MTBA has a history of events in the Gold Coast hinterland and recent international events in Queensland, this move offers MTBA a home and the opportunity to partner with the Gold Coast community and Bond University,” Baker said.

“It will be the complete package, with administration sitting alongside training, development camps, trails and sports science.

“I expect this national focus for mountain biking to deliver improvements across all levels of our sport, strengthening MTBA’s identity for us all.”

The location itself is ideal for MTBA, who will be hoping to become a major part of the community. Located on the campus, the three-year partnership with Bond University is set to provide internship and research opportunities, whilst helping to develop our elite and national team riders via sports and social science programs.

Bond University’s Executive Director of Sport, Mr Garry Nucifora, said the partnership would bring significant benefits to MBTA, Bond University and the wider Gold Coast City.

“We are very pleased to have partnered with MBTA, one of the significant growth sports in Australia,” said Mr Nucifora.

“The collaboration between Bond University and MBTA is an excellent fit as MBTA’s development trajectory closely aligns with Bond’s own burgeoning sport story.

“The mountain biking partnership will provide outstanding research and testing opportunities for Bond students along with internship potential of great value to the university, while MBTA will have full access to Bond’s elite sporting facilities, such as the High Performance Training Centre, and its associated resources.”

As part of the relocation, MTBA will also receive a grant from the City of Gold Coast, which has helped with relocation expenses.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the move was a win for the city.

“This is a direct result of our Sport Plan which aims to make the Gold Coast the adventure sports capital of Australia,” he said.

“It means we’ll see growth in all aspects of mountain biking which will benefit our city from an economic, social and reputation perspective.”

MTBA CEO Shane Coppin said the relocation was set to benefit the sport in countless ways, ensuring strong foundations that will ultimately see the sport flourish into the future.

“This relocation provides a significant opportunity for the future evolution and development of MTBA and mountain biking in Australia. Having access to sports science and social research, training facilities and testing for our growing pool of developing and elite riders is a major step towards establishing a professional training environment for MTB,” Coppin said.

“Linkages to university students, a very supportive and proactive city further opens up opportunities for our sport especially in the lead up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

“MTBA can now further promote this great sport from our new mountain bike headquarters, which will strengthen our brand and identity.

“This is a tremendous opportunity and I am very passionate and excited by what this means for shaping mountain biking in the future. Thank you to both the City of Gold Coast and Bond University for their passion and support in enabling this opportunity.”

Bratislava City Downhill Documentary | City Downhill World Tour 2015

Slovakia’s capital city, Bratislava, came up with a jaw-dropping course for the third leg of the City Downhill World Championships back in June. 

Starting from the Bratislava Castle, it’s one of the most unique and intense races on the planet, making use of the winding city roads, stair sets and the old city walls to put the riders through their paces. Top speeds are over 60km/h and some of the gaps are around 14m long, making it a course that’s not for the faint of heart – for competitors and spectators.

Unfortunately, come race day organisers were forced to cancel the finals after just two riders had dropped in due to rioters storming the track and breaking equipment. Organisers were deeply apologetic to all riders and spectators who came out to watch as the race was never finished and no results were taken from the event.

Lets hope that 2016 brings back the high level of riding and excitement we’ve all come to expect form the Bratislava City Downhill.

Greg Minnaar – Putting It Together

In this mini documentary we follow Greg Minnaar, South African downhill legend, in his quest for his fourth rainbow jersey. He knows how to win it, he knows how to put it all together in the final run. It’s his specialty.

But can he do it again in Vallnord, Andorra, during the 2015 World Championships?

Special thanks and credits to Greg Minnaar, the Santa Cruz – Syndicate team, Red Bull Media House and UCI for the access and cooperation during the World Championships 2015 in Vallnord.

 

Video Highlight From World Champs Downhill

Last weekends UCI World Championships featured downhill mountain bike racing at its very best. Changeable conditions, an incredible track and some of the highest-level riding we’ve ever seen.

The World Championships occupy a strange place in cycling folklore. Some, like the American Aaron Gwin, the reigning UCI World Cup title holder, believe them to be of comparatively little relevance by comparison with a multi-round contest. For others however, the Sam Hill’s and Greg Minnaar’s, the ‘one race to rule them all’ is pressure-cooker perfection. It’s a one-run, winner-take-all game of poker; the ultimate rider vs track showdown.

Watch the race reply via the link below.

http://www.redbull.com/au/en/bike/stories/1331745717143/replay-uci-downhill-world-championships-2015

Janine Jungfels Crowned Observed Trials World Champion

Janine Jungfels has emerged victorious to be crowned Observed Trials World Champion at the MTB and Trials World Championships in Andorra.


In Observed Trials, riders cover six sections of a varied and interesting course featuring logs, rocks, rivers and machinery three times, try to accumulate as few points as possible.  Points are given to competitors for putting feet on the ground, with five is the maximum number of points that can be lost on a particular section.

Jungfels , who qualified third for the final, produced a truly masterful performance to finish on just 22 points, defeating Slovakia’s Tatiana Janickova by an incredible 10 points, while Germany’s Nina Reichenbach was third.

The result is Australia’s first ever Observed Trials World Championship title, and just our second ever medal after Jungfels also finished third last year.

2015 UCI MTB World Championships – XC Eliminator Highlights

Three Australian’s were in action overnight in the Cross-Country Eliminator, with the first of the world championships crowns up for grabs at the 2015 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships in Vallnord, Andorra.

Located at over 7300 feet above sea level, our Aussie riders were forced to battle both the tough competition and the high altitude, in what was a taxing day in the saddle.

Paul Van Der Ploeg, the 2013 World Champion in this discipline, was joined by Cam Ivory in the elite men, while Em Parkes was in action in the elite women.  All three riders managed to qualify for the quarter-finals, qualifying in 14th, 16th and 10th respectively.

In the  quarter finals, Van Der Ploeg was unfortunately involved in a big crash and was airlifted for medical treatment, thankfully he will make a full recovery. He finished in 16th position.

Ivory rode well to finish in 12th behind Austria’s Daniel Federspiel who was crowned world champion, while Parkes finished in 9th behind Switzerland’s Linda Indergand.

Attention for Australia now turns to the Cross-Country Team Relay, which is scheduled to get underway at tonight at 7pm EST.


* Watch Paul Van Der Ploeg’s crash after a collision with the Italian racer, at the 1:59:29 mark in the video above.

Cam Ivory, Paul van der Ploeg and Em Parkes.
Cam Ivory, Paul van der Ploeg and Em Parkes.

The 900 metre circuit saw the riders sprint to get the front position before a series of zig-zag turns that took them into a singletrack wooded section. A steep climb out of the woods onto the finishing straight left a final opportunity for a fast finisher to possibly move up before the line.

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Cam Ivory.
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Paul Van Der Ploeg.

The men’s field boasted all of the previous world champions for this discipline – Ralph Naef (Switzerland), Paul van der Ploeg (Australia) and defending champion Fabrice Mels (Belgium). Showing the depth of talent in the field, none of them would make the final. Federspiel was joined in the final by Samuel Gaze (New Zealand), Simon Gegenheimer (Germany) and Kevin Miquel (France).

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Em Parkes.

Switzerland dominated the women’s heats, putting three of the four riders that made the final – Indergand, defending champion Kathrin Stirnemann and Ramona Forchini. Ingrid Boe Jacobsen (Norway) took the last spot.

Aussies Primed for UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships

Australia will this week be represented by 37 of our very best riders, as they get set to take on the rest of the world at the 2015 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships in Vallnord, Andorra. 

Andorra is no stranger to international mountain bike events having already hosted three World Cups, in 2008, 2009 and most recently in 2013.  The XCO track designed to test the riders’ strength and stamina with the high altitude will play a critical role, while the acclaimed downhill track has been redesigned and will be more physically demanding than ever.

Headlining Australia in the elite men’s downhill will be Troy Brosnan, who recently finished third in the UCI World Cup season, and will be hoping to improve on his third placed medal last year in Hafjell. Brosnan heads into the event primed for success, whilst acknowledging how incredible it feels to represent his country.

“My preparation coming into the World’s has been great, I feel really strong and fast. After having a really good race in Val Di Sole I am excited and keen to race here in Andorra,” Brosnan said.

“Ultimately there is only one thing I will be happy with here this week, and that would be winning.

“It feels amazing to be representing my country, knowing I have the whole of Australia behind me. I just have to make them proud.”

In the elite women’s downhill, Tracey Hannah will be looking to replicate the form that saw her grab bronze two years ago in Pietermaritzburg, while reigning junior world champion Tegan Molloy has made the step up to the elite class and will no doubt keep her opponents on their toes.

Australia boasts a strong contingent of medal chances in the men’s junior downhill competition, most notably with Thredbo’s Andrew Crimmins, who finished second in this year’s UCI Mountain Bike World Cup season.

In the elite men’s cross country, Daniel McConnell will be chasing his first world championships medal, buoyed by his fifth placed performance at the penultimate World Cup round in Windham, USA. Although McConnell acknowledges his World Cup season wasn’t as strong as he had hoped, he is confident that a medal is not out of the question.  

“I have been feeling really good in training, so now just have to put it all together in the race situation,” McConnell said. 

“I have specifically done multiple altitude camps this year to prepare myself for the course in Andorra, so I really hope it pays off.

“It’s been a tough year for me in the World Cup’s, so I would love to finish the season on a high. If I have a good day, the podium is not out of reach.”

In the elite women’s cross country, Rebecca Henderson will fly the Aussie flag solo as she looks to improve on her 15th place finish last year.

Another strong medal prospect for Australia comes in the form of Janine Jungfels who will compete in the women’s Observed Trial. Jungfels is coming off an impressive second place in the recent World Cup in Albertville, France, with the result well and truly stoking her competitive fire.

“Having finished 2nd by just 1 point recently in Albertville, I’m looking forward to putting in a good fight for the title this week in Andorra,” Jungfels said.

“I want to be World Champion.”

You will be able to stream some of the action this week via redbull.tv with the schedule as follows:

Elite Women’s Cross Country Final: Saturday, September 5 at 7.50pm EST 

Elite Men’s Cross Country Final: Saturday, September 5 at 10.20pm EST 

Downhill Finals: Sunday, September 6 at 8.25pm EST 

A full schedule of the week’s racing can be found here: http://bit.ly/1NI9hah


Australian Team

Athlete

Discipline

Category

DANIEL MCCONNELL

XCO

ME

BRENDAN  JOHNSTON

XCO

ME

PAUL VAN DER PLOEG

XCO

ME

CAMERON IVORY

XCO

ME

SCOTT BOWDEN

XCO

M23

CHRIS HAMILTON

XCO

M23

BEN BRADLEY

XCO

M23

REECE TUCKNOTT

XCO

M23

REBECCA HENDERSON

XCO

WE

EMILY PARKES

XCO

W23

MEGAN WILLIAMS

XCO

W19

LIAM JEFFRIES

XCO

M19

MICHAEL POTTER

XCO

M19

BRYAN DUNKIN

XCO

M19

CALLUM CARSON

XCO

M19

ALEX LACK

XCO

M19

LUKE BRAME

XCO

M19

JANINE JUNGFELS

OT

WE

NATHAN MUMMERY

OT

ME

JACK MULLALY

OT

ME

SAMUEL HILL

DH

ME

CONNOR FEARON

DH

ME

DEAN LUCAS

DH

ME

TROY BROSNAN

DH

ME

MICHAEL HANNAH

DH

ME

JORDAN PROCHYRA

DH

ME

DAVID MCMILLAN

DH

ME

TRACEY HANNAH

DH

WE

TEGAN MOLLOY

DH

WE

JACKSON FREW

DH

M19

REMY MORTON

DH

M19

DANIEL BOOKER

DH

M19

ANDREW CRIMMINS

DH

M19

JOEL WILLIS

DH

M19

MAX WARSHAWSKY

DH

M19

HARRY BUSH

DH

M19

ELLIE WALE

DH

W19

 

Bruni & Vergier Against the World Episode 4

After an incredible first half of the season for Bruni, Vergier and young gun Finn Iles, it’s time to follow the lads over to North America for the 5th and 6th rounds of the World Cup series as they face crunch time in the series.

With Loic still chasing his first win and chasing Aaron Gwin for top spot in the overall and Loris steadily climbing up the ranks after his unlucky start, Mont Sainte Anne and Windham are either going to make or break the season for both riders.

With an incredible trip to New York City to ride the new Velosolutions pumptrack in Brooklyn sandwiched in the middle, the newest episode of Bruni & Vergier Against the World is possibly the most action packed yet!

Grab a brew and sit down with Loic, Loris and Finn on the next chapter in their 2015 adventures!