MTB World Champs launch tomorrow

Kramer 30 August 2009 15

It’s the eve of the World’s biggest mountain bike party, and if you’ve been under a rock for the last couple of years it’s happening in Canberra. Yes, it’s the Mountain Bike World Championships, hosted at Stromlo Forest Park.

The action kicks off tomorrow (Monday 31 August) with the prologue urban mountain bike race in Garema Place, starting at 11:30. This event is open to anyone who’s keen for a fang around the city centre – although you’ll need a bike and helmet to compete (I believe entry is free?). Following the race is the proper opening ceremony for the MTB Wold Champs, also in Garema Place, at 12:30.

The rumors have now been confirmed, as 4X queen Jill Kinter has outed the unofficial Pump Track World Championships, which are rumored to be taking place in the Canberra region this week (before the main event). There’s only a couple of places in the Canberra region which might be suitable for the event – so I’ll keep my ears and tyres to the ground.

So it’s going to be a huge week, and hopefully the Aussies come out with the rainbow (world champ) jerseys. Just a reminder to one of the international teams that I saw cruising around the Cotter today in their team colours, that it is compulsory to wear a helmet when riding a bike in the ACT – don’t trust the locals not to run over you when riding on the roads (OK, that’s enough from the helmet nazi).

Dirt Magazine has the full details for the Pump Track World Champs minus the address, but anyone in Canberra who rides MTBs will have a very good idea of the location.

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15 Responses to MTB World Champs launch tomorrow
s-s-a s-s-a 9:57 pm 31 Aug 09

Paid entry only applies to the event village area plus one small section of the downhill course. You can still see nearly all of the cross country and most of the downhill without a ticket. Stromlo access by bike/foot is easy.

Kramer Kramer 8:05 pm 31 Aug 09

Limp Jimmy – nice effort by the rats today. Not sure on what basis you keep score? Hitting the pavement? riding slowly? school kids screaming for you?!?

I reckon the highest score goes to those with the biggest smile on their face at the end… and those who manage to gap the stairs at the end of Petrie Plaza every lap. Next time they need a more technical course, and I’ll have a better chance against the rigid and cyclocross bikes. Although some kind of fitness training might help too 😀

niftydog niftydog 5:31 pm 31 Aug 09

mountain bike

Steady Eddie Steady Eddie 3:38 pm 31 Aug 09

What does MTB stand for?

Limp Jimmy Limp Jimmy 3:30 pm 31 Aug 09

Oh, and do come visit Rat Patrol’s Arena of Scrapeage at the MTB Worlds this weekend — check the site map to see where we are located.

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Limp Jimmy Limp Jimmy 3:26 pm 31 Aug 09

All I heard was 50 kids SCREAMING.

Rat Patrol – 1
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niftydog niftydog 2:42 pm 31 Aug 09

Well we certainly couldn’t be accused of hyping the opening ceremony – kinda lame except for the racing! Bloody Andrew Blah geeking the whole thing up…

A big raspberry to whoever was responsible for the PA setup – we couldn’t hear a thing because the speakers were pointed inwards towards the race track. Even those standing opposite the stage would have had a hard time hearing anything.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 1:27 pm 31 Aug 09

niftydog said :

Fri, Sat, Sun are paid entry days – if you just wanna get a feel for what the fuss is all about it’s free entry any other day this week.

May pop out there on the bike if there’s free viewing on Weds/Thurs, as I’m not working those days. I’ll take my box brownie with me and get some snaps…

MsCheeky MsCheeky 1:22 pm 31 Aug 09

The criterion is underway now, and there are two rat bikes. One of them took a tumble, but the low one, not the high one, fortunately.

vg vg 12:04 pm 31 Aug 09

$20 for a day is a pittance to see riders of this standard

Special G Special G 11:19 am 31 Aug 09

The pump track event is an invitational only. It’s who you know not how much cash you have for that one.

caak caak 10:30 am 31 Aug 09

All of the event information can be found here.

niftydog niftydog 9:24 am 31 Aug 09

Stoked! Can’t wait. Heading in for the opening ceremony today at 12:30 in Garema Place.

Fri, Sat, Sun are paid entry days – if you just wanna get a feel for what the fuss is all about it’s free entry any other day this week. You’ll still see elite level competitors out training on the course.

Kramer Kramer 8:58 am 31 Aug 09

Yes, the MTB World Champs is a paid event. If you buy your ticket online, rather than at the gate, you’ll get a discount.

imarty imarty 8:46 pm 30 Aug 09

I went last year and had a great time but I see now that Ticketek are on their advertising. Does that mean that this year you need to pay to get in or is just for certain events?

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