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.