Registration open & course info revealed for Alps Epic

Registration for the new Alps Epic in Australia on March 15-19, 2009, is open and beginning to fill. The total number of entries, 250, has been limited to ensure minimal impact on the fragile environment that the course traverses. The event is 10% full, with a sellout expected by the early bird entry deadline of December 1.

Organizers just released course information for the six-stage, five-day event. "The beauty of this format of mountain bike racing is that we have been able design the course around the best mountain bike tracks in the area. This has enabled us to keep the stages relatively short allowing plenty of time to explore this gorgeous part of the country," said Craig Bycroft, course designer. The race will cover 200km with 99% of it on dirt.

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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.