Kovarik and Buchar were recently in Newcastle for the National Downhill Round at Awaba, and they brought their trail bikes for a bit of friendly competition on the little bikes. Watching this has left us pondering if there’s anything better than watching a flat out Kovarik drift?
Registrations have now opened for the 2015 Port to Port MTB, returning to the Newcastle region across the newly announced dates of Thursday 28 – Sunday 31 May, 2015.
Following on from the success of the inaugural event held earlier this year, which saw 300 recreational and professional riders participate, Port to Port MTB is quickly reaching the heights of sister event, Cape to Cape MTB in Western Australia, the largest event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
The new dates were announced this morning at the event’s official launch, attended by the Lord Mayor of Cessnock, and representatives of Newcastle City Council, Shimano Australia and other event partners. The launch was hosted by popular decorating duo Maxine and Karstan from Channel 9’s THE BLOCK: GLASSHOUSE who donned special riding gear for the day to celebrate.
Event Director Chris Heverin said he was thrilled to launch the 2015 Port to Port MTB. “We were delighted by the positive response from those who participated earlier this year in our inaugural event. With exciting new course alignments that will include a special stage at Awaba National Forest and a Sundown Shootout for the elite riders in the Hunter Valley on the Friday, an update to the timing system and an even better rider experience, we look forward to welcoming everyone back to Newcastle and the Hunter with your game face on, support team by your side and sporting your best game face,” he said. NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism and Major Events Andrew Stoner said he looks forward to welcoming participants from around the country and the world to Newcastle and The Hunter in NSW for the second Port to Port MTB. “This year’s Port to Port MTB was very well received, delivering a significant economic benefit to the local community.
The NSW Government is proud to have secured the event from 2014 to 2016 through our tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW”. “The event showcases this magnificent region of NSW to an international audience, with competitors traversing idyllic beaches, picturesque wine country, and forest trails over four action-packed days of competition,” Mr Stoner said.
The Port to Port MTB begins at the tranquil Nelson Bay Marina, where riders are greeted by four days of exciting single track, fire trails, testing hill climbs and steep descents through Cessnock, the Hunter Valley, Lake Macquarie and Newcastle Region. One of the features of the 2015 event will be the Crowne Plaza Sundown Shootout in the picturesque Hunter Valley Property. This exclusive event will be a fast-paced mountain bike spectacular, consisting of a 2km time trial for the top one hundred riders that starts in the newly built Lovedale Brewery and winds around the iconic golf course.
For riders not competing in the Crowne Plaza Sundown Shootout, this will be the best chance to enjoy the hospitality and witness Australia’s best Mountain Bike riders up-close in action. Registrations for the 2015 Port to Port MTB are now open.
Day 1 of the Port to Port MTB 2014 – Four day stage race. Starting from the beautiful back drop of Nelson Bay, Port Stephens. Andrew Blair and Jenny Fay of Swell Specialized battle it out against Australias best marathon racers.
Drift Bikes provided comprehensive mechanical support to all riders bikes participating over the four days of racing.
Supporting cyclists in the Newcastle, Maitland, Port Stephens, Cessnock, Warners Bay, Lake Macquaire and Hunter Valley Areas.
Member for Port Stephens, Craig Baumann yesterday launched the Port to Port MTB (Mountain Bike) Classic to be held for the first time from 1-4 May 2014.
The event will attract top Australian riders, as well as a selection of international riders and is open to all serious recreational riders from across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.
Set in the Newcastle and the Hunter amongst some of the most iconic and beautiful scenery in Australia. Riders will enjoy the best roads, tracks and trails the region has to offer, as they wind their way from Port Stephens to the Newcastle finish line.
“The 2014 Port to Port MTB Classic, supported by the NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, and the City of Newcastle, will bring to NSW, and in particular Newcastle and the Hunter, an international stage mountain biking event like no other,” Mr Baumann said.
“Our local communities will benefit from the economic impact that the 2014 Port to Port MTB will bring, and, with the NSW Government continuing to promote Newcastle and the Hunter region, this will be a boon to both the local economy and lifestyle.”
Event Director, Chris Heverin, was excited to announce the Port to Port MTB at the official launch.
“We are very excited to be bringing Port to Port MTB to Newcastle and the Hunter”, he said. “Mountain biking is a growing sport and this four day stage event will provide a great challenge for riders of all standards. The Port to Port MTB course is amazing, with some of the best trails in Australia. As a sister event to the fabulous Cape to Cape MTB in Western Australia, we will be giving riders another outstanding MTB stage event.”
Minister for Major Events and Tourism, George Souris said: “The annual calendar of events that has been secured for Newcastle and the Hunter includes international surfing competitions, international rugby, World Cup Soccer qualifiers, many other top sporting events and the nation’s biggest international country music festival.
“Securing and developing events such as the Port to Port MTB is delivering strong results for the region. In the past 12 months, events and festivals are estimated to have been worth about $700 million to the local economies of Newcastle and the Hunter regions,” Mr Souris said.
“During 2012, the Hunter Valley attracted more than 2.2 million domestic and international overnight visitors who spent a combined $1.0 billion in the region during their stay, enjoying the best food and wine the Hunter Valley has to offer.”
Destination NSW CEO, Sandra Chipchase said: “The 2014 Port to Port MTB will not only be a world-class sporting event, it will also showcase to the world the idyllic scenery and world-class riding trails of the Newcastle-Hunter region and boost the local economy.”