With the 2014 season fast approaching, Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) announced today that the 2014 National Mountain Bike Series will be brought back under its control.
The move comes after a recent re-structure at the top of Cycling Australia (CA) which included new leadership in Chairman Gerry Ryan and interim CEO Adrian Anderson.
With CA under financial pressure, the conditions under which the events were previously delivered by its Commercial and Events team meant that the series was no longer a viable option.
“These changes have been undertaken with the best interests of CA, the sport and the mountain bike community top of mind,” said Anderson. “We would like to thank MTBA for their understanding and willingness to ensure the continuation of the series.”
The 2014 series, reduced to Cross Country, Eliminator and Downhill disciplines, will use the established venues and dates for the first two rounds and the downhill component of round three but lose the previously attached Cross Country Marathon races.
“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 date and location for the third XCO/XCE round at Echuca Moama in Victoria is subject to a final confirmation of the suitability of the course and venue, with some of Australia’s best Cross Country riders and MTBA Staff inspecting the courses in the next week.
“We must make sure that the course is worthy of our riders and the standard of competition,” said Baker.
2014 National Mountain Bike Series events
Round 1: January 17-19, Eagle Park SA (XCO, XCE, DHI)
Round 2: Februrary 7-9, Mt Buller VIC (XCO, XCE, DHI)
Round 3: February 21-23, Thredbo NSW (DHI)
The 2014 Australian National MTB Championships will be held as announced in Bright, Victoria, on March 6 - 10.