25 Nov 2013

Australia’s most popular mountain bike marathon events join forces to create a new MTB series

The Kowalski took in parts of the Mont 24 course too as it jumped from Kowen to Sparrow. Heavy rain two days prior made for absolutely perfect conditions under cloudless blue skies.

Australia’s leading mountain bike marathon events have today announced a new event series to capture the essence of mountain biking and encourage participation at all levels from Elite riders to weekend warriors and juniors.

mav-er-ick: an Individual, who’s maybe a little unorthodox and doesn’t feel it necessary to conform; they’ll blaze their own trail and choose their own line. And we love them for it.

The name defines much of what the mountain biking culture is all about.

Web Feature Highland Fling-1In 2014, four of the most popular and longest established MTB events in the country come together under the banner of The 2014 Maverick Marathon Series. The Series, which will attract over 6000 riders, includes:

  • Capital Punishment, 15 March, ACT – Now in its 5th year Capital Punishment traverses a magical route across Canberra on iconic trails including Mount Stromlo and Kowen Forest
  • The Giant Odyssey, 27 April, VIC – Taking place for the 8th time in 2014, the Giant Odyssey is Victoria’s premier mountain bike marathon looping a stunning and spectacular route starting and finishing on the renowned singletrack of Forrest in the Otway Ranges
  • The Kowalski Classic, 21 September, ACT – In 2 short years the Kowalski has earned a reputation for endless singletrack in Kowen Forest and Sparrow Hill and has quickly established itself as one of the marathons not to miss
  • The CamelBak Highland Fling, 9 November, NSW – 10 years old in 2014, The Fling is a MTB event that truly takes you on a journey through singletrack, farm, forest and villages in the stunning Southern Highlands. Long established as one of the big events on the MTB calendarAll four events offer challenging, fun courses in iconic locations and are presented by professional event organisers with an excellent track record for delivering quality events and a passion for the sport of mountain biking.

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After much discussion with the MTB community, The Maverick Marathon Series is about giving mountain bikers what they want – a bringing together of key established events over a manageable calendar.

Riders will be ranked based on their best results in 3 of the 4 events. Participants must ride in a minimum of 3 events.

The promoters of the events within The Maverick Marathon Series; AROCsport, Rapid Ascent, Self Propelled Enterprises and Wild Horizons are very excited to bring The Maverick Marathon Series to the great Australian mountain bike community.

Further details will be released in the New Year.

‘I feel the need. The need for speed.’ Maverick, Top Gun (1986) Who will be Top Gun in the 2014 Maverick Marathon Series?

See you on the trails!
www.maverickseries.com.au More details coming soon.

For any further information at this stage please contact Alina McMaster on

[email protected]

Not a bad part of the world for a marathon! Just a couple of hours from Sydney, Bundanoon is a glorious little spot.

Post-race chillaxing. Matt Carling and Gaye Camm swap stories after their respective  races in the retro category (for bikes from 2000 or earlier).