Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships Launch

Kramer 31 August 2009 5

The Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships were officially opened today with a ceremony and race in Civic. Canberra showed the international competitors and specatators a sample of the early spring weather to come – sun, followed by rain, followed by sun.

The opening ceremony was fairly typical. The RMC Marching band lead the teams into Garema Place; there was a welcome to country, by Ngunnawal elder Aunty Agnes; speeches from big wigs; Andrew Barr said some nice things about Canberra & Stromlo; and a large mascot kangaroo, emu & cockatoo wandered through the crowd (much to the delight of the overseas visitors – including the German team).

After the formalities were over, a criterium race was staged through Garema Place and Petrie Plaza, including a small set of stairs at the end of Petrie Plaza. The Rat Patrol turned up with a rat low rider and tall bike, which had an “interesting” time negotiating the fairly simple city circuit (I heard that the low rider binned it on the steps during the race). In addition to the rat bikes, a couple of guys in summer suits also brightened up the field. One very keen entrant in the Open Men field raced on a heavy downhill/freeride bike, and wore a full face helmet.

Well dressed rider in criterium race

(slide show at end)

Tomorrow (Tuesday) will see the downhill and cross country courses open for training, so the keen riders will be out for at least one run at Stromlo tomorrow. The Team Relay event is also being run, which is like a tag-team cross country race. Entry is free on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, so you can get a taste for MTB before paying for entry on Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

For more coverage and better photos of today’s opening ceremony and crit race, see Jim Trail’s write up on ABC.

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5 Responses to Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships Launch
Kramer Kramer 9:13 pm 01 Sep 09

At the start I was thinking it was going to be a nice friendly cruse around Garema Place, but you can see I’ve got my race face on (and my lungs are about to pop out).

Limp Jimmy Limp Jimmy 2:04 pm 01 Sep 09

Cool pics Kramer, thanks for posting ’em, they capture the flavour of the event well 🙂

Score-wise I agree, the biggest smile I saw that day (apart from the kids) was on the low rat bike, yes, the one who crashed through the barricade and into the crowd — niiiice 😀

I’ve also gotta award another point to the safari suit guys. They are clearly serious clowns, much the same as the Rat Patrol.

This is an amazing event hosted right here in Canberry, but you’d never know if you don’t go… GO!

Dante Dante 11:01 am 01 Sep 09

It was good fun to watch, but the cynic in me sees the city criterium through Garema Place and instantly draws a direct link to TAMS handing out notices to remove display racks in the city.

Special G Special G 7:27 am 01 Sep 09

Nice pic of you there buddy. The full faced helmet guy and the well dressed guys made the local news last night.

duckylucky duckylucky 11:40 pm 31 Aug 09


Enjoyed today’s presentations and race very much.

I got some shots of the race, and I think most of the riders. If you were involved or had friends fanging about Garema place, check out the photos at Happy to email at full res pics if you like.


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