Today, February 26th, the 16th edition of the Otway Odyssey took place in Forrest, Victoria. This marathon quickly became a ‘must-do’ on the domestic marathon scene in Australia, with the iconic point to point route from Apollo Bay to Forrest quickly earning fans from around the country due to the tough nature and honest racing […]
Going long at Cape to Cape
At 72km, the second stage of the 2019 Cape to Cape would be one of the longest stages ever at the 4-day mountain bike race in Western Australia. Starting and finishing at Leeuwin Estate winery, the course would be less hilly than stage one, and likely to be super fast. But you may not have […]
Johnston and Harris win 2019 Australian XCM titles
On a glorious winter’s day in Brisbane, Brendan Johnston won his 4th cross-country marathon (XCM) title and Holly Harris won her first. After the 2019 National Championships were moved from Townsville to Redland Bay, there was a chance that the fields of the elite marathons would be a little deeper than otherwise. And that rang […]
Final Stage of Port to Port delivers singletrack heaven in Newcastle
Revered as some of the finest singletrack in the country the Port to Port have made a conscious effort to string together one of the funnest stages of any MTB stage race in Australia. Riders were spared any long significant hill climbs today much to the relief of most riders after the brutal climb of […]
Port to Port stage 3 up and down the mountain we go!
The longest and most difficult stage of the Port to Port is agreed by most to be stage 3. In years past this has been the stage where teams are able to create bigger time gaps to gain or solidify the race lead. This year was shaping up to be no different with close racing […]
Port to Port stage 2: Thrills and spills at Killingworth
Stage 2 of the Port to Port MTB stage race was spoken highly of from competitors who raced a similar course in 2018, high expectations were justified as riders roared through the hard pack yet flowy singletrails of the Southern Hunter Valley. With narrow margins on the GC for the men’s pairs an exciting race […]
High drama on Port to Port stage 1 as interstate riders take the spoils.
The Port to Port now in its 6th year has undoubtedly become one of the premier MTB events on the Australian calendar. With hundreds of riders coming from all over the country and world to compete, news of the race’s amazing trail network and slick organisation has spread far and wide over the race’s short […]
Johnston and Mattocks win 15th Convict 100
The Convict 100 mountain bike marathon has now well and truly established itself as a classic and reliable staple on the Australian XCM calendar. The race originally called the Dirt Works Classic was first run in 2004 making it one of the oldest continuously running marathons in Australia. A very similar course has been used […]
Imogen Smith’s Otway Odyssey recap
I’ve never done the Otway Odyssey – weird, because it’s one of Australia’s best-known races. There’s just always been some clash that’s kept me away in the past, so this year was my first go. A few aspects of the race sounded pretty interesting to me: It’s known for its longclimbs, crazy good singletrack, and […]
The Australian XCM championship – Toil rewarded!
The recent Australian XCM Championship was my first ever National Championship in this discipline of cycling. Despite having raced numerous elite national and state titles in road racing and XCO racing I was perhaps more intimidated by the challenge ahead of me at the XCM nationals. Being amongst only 2 riders who opted to take […]