Australian Capital Territory backs mountain bike worlds bid

Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation, Andrew Barr, today announced the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government would provide over one million AU$ to support the 2009 mountain bike world championships if a bid to hold them in Canberra was successful.

The ACT Government has joined with Canberra Off-Road Cyclists (CORC) and their event partners Apis Consulting Group in their bid for Canberra to host and manage the UCI 2009 mountain bike and trials world championships at Stromlo Forest Park in early September 2009. "If successful in its bid for the world championships, Canberra would play host to the most significant mountain bike event of 2009 and have the capacity to attract in excess of 60,000 visitors and spectators over 4 days," Barr said. "The ACT Government is pleased to announce our support for the event, which comes on top of an investment of $7.5 million in the facilities at Stromlo Forest Park.

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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.