Australia MTB series dates announced

The national series for the 2006/2007 season has been finalized. Once again the season sees four high quality venues conducting events from October 2006 through to February 2007.

The season kicks off with the much-anticipated mountain cross (MTNX) at Sydney Olympic Park, which last season saw over 200 riders coverage on the first purpose-built and permanent MTNX course in a major city. It's expected that this season's opener (October 21) will be bigger and held in conjunction with the Sydney Festival of Cycling. The following day (October 22) sees XC#1 being staged at the very well known Yellowmundee Regional Park near Richmond by the Western Sydney MTB Club.

The first downhill event will be hosted by Central Tablelands MTB Club on their awesome course at Lithgow the following weekend (October 29).

National level mountain bike competition will see a welcome return to Tasmania (November 25-26) with the Hobart Dirt Devils hosting XC#2, DH#2 and MTNX#2 at the Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park, whose Glen Jacobs-designed courses were very favourably received last season.

Thredbo (December 16-17) hosts the third round in all disciplines, with chair-lifted DH competition, high altitude XC and a Jacobs-inspired MTNX course. The final round of the MTNX series (MTNX#4) will be hosted at Blackhill, near Newcastle (January 7), and the final rounds of XC and DH (XC#4 and DH#4) will be staged at the ever-popular Mt. Beauty (February 24-25).

The Australian MTB Marathon Championships (Toowoomba, September 3) and the Australian MTB Championships in Canberra (January 24-28) will also feature on the calendar with a view to hosting the 2008 World MTB Championships, the details of which are available on the MTB Australia website.

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