Mountain Bike Australia announced that the 2014 National Mountain Bike Series will be brought back under MTBA control and delivery.
“This provides a great opportunity for MTBA to engage with our clubs and our members to ensure that a series is delivered which meets the needs of mountain bikers while providing top-level competition for our best riders as they prepare for the international season.” said MTBA President Russ Baker. “I am confident that the future development of this delivery model by MTBA will see a better progression of club, state and national events which will provide fun, development and competition opportunities for all mountain bikers.”
“Our focus will be on providing great races for the riders, in many ways it will be getting back to the basics of our sport and providing what our riders want. It is those very basics that make mountain biking what we all love. I look forward to a successful first round in Adelaide in the new year.”
The 2014 National Mountain Bike Series will use the established venues and dates for rounds 1 and 2, and the downhill component of round 3. There will be no need to change travel plans for those events. XCO riders will still be able to earn valuable UCI points from all races in the series. The current MTB National Series Schedule is:
Round 1: 17 – 19 January, Eagle Park, SA. XCO, XCE, DHI
Round 2: 7-9 February, Mt Buller, Victoria. XCO, XCE, DHI
Round 3 (Split): 21-23 February, Thredbo, NSW. DHI
Round 3 (Split): 1 – 2 March, Echuca Moama, Victoria. XCE, XCO
The 2014 Australian National MTB Championships will be held as announced in Bright VIC on 6- 10 March.
In announcing the transfer of responsibility for delivery of the series, Cycling Australia Interim CEO Adrian Anderson said, “These changes have been undertaken with the best interests of CA, the sport and the mountain bike community top of mind. We would like to thank MTBA for their understanding and willingness to ensure the continuation of the series.”
Full details on the 2014 Australian MTB National Series can be found on the Subaru National Series site.