06 Mar 2013

In a major coup for the sport, Queensland’s premier cross-country and downhill mountain bike racing series has secured a naming rights sponsor, with the competition to be known as the 2013 Yakima Sunshine MTB Series.

Yakima distributes versatile, easy-to-use and robust systems used to transport gear such as bikes, kayaks, skis, cargo, and camping equipment; safely and simply.

Having recently launched in Australasia, Yakima brand manager Chris Lyons said he hoped the partnership would help them integrate into the local market.

“Yakima products are created by purists for purists,” Chris said.

“We are basically a bunch of mountain bikers, kayakers, snowboarders and adventure purists making products for the same kind of people. How else would we have come up with a hitch- mount bike rack that incorporates a bottle opener?

“Supporting local sport is something we are very proud to be doing, and we hope this relationship continues into the future,” he said.

The 2013 Yakima Sunshine MTB Series features 11 events throughout South East Queensland from May to August, with each event attracting up to 300 riders.

Founder of Queensland Mountain Bike and series cross-country coordinator Aiden Lefmann welcomed the partnership with Yakima.

“With Yakima’s help we are taking grass roots mountain biking to the next level. They are providing important funding for infrastructure development and improving the money available in the prize pool,” Aiden said.

“Some 300 riders transport their bikes to the event – and bike transport is always a tricky prospect – but Yakima offer a whole bunch of products that solve the problem.

“Mountain biking is a sport for everyone. We have children in the under-11 division right through to the ‘super masters’ where riders well into their 60s take part,” he said.

Those wishing to register to compete in the 2013 Yakima Sunshine MTB Series can do so at www.qldmtb.com.au.

For more information on Yakima visit www.yakima.com.au


Cross-country dates

Round 1 – May 11, 2013 Toowoomba (Toowoomba MTB Club)
Round 2 – June 2, 2013 Mt Crosby (Kenmore Cycling Club)
Round 3 – June 16, 2013 Mt Cotton (Brisbane South MTB Club)
Round 4 – July 7, 2013 Adare, Gatton (The Riders Club)
Round 5 – July 21, 2013 Old Hidden Vale – Grandchester (Hidden Vale Adventure Park) Round 6 – September 8, 2013 Samford (D’aguilar Range Cycling Club )

Downhill dates

Round 1 – May 12, 2013 Toowoomba (Toowoomba MTB Club)
Round 2 – June 9, 2013 Cedar Creek (Downhill From Here)
Round 3 – June 30, 2013 Beerburrum (D’aguilar Range Cycling Club)
Round 4 – July 14, 2013 Canungra (Straight to Hell Downhill Club)
Round 5 – July 28, 2013 Cedar Creek (Downhill From Here)