Australian Mountain Bike Issue 181

Australian Mountain Bike magazine is Australia's leading off road cycling publication, and features extensive and industry-leading mountain bike and product reviews. It tracks down the greatest trails to ride, offers columns dedicated to both the first time rider and pro racer, plus some of the best mountain bike imagery in the world. Exclusive and inclusive - covering the full spectrum of the sport, trust AMB to give you the best advice from the sport's best journalists.

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Rider: Paul van der Ploeg Australia’s High Country had a devastating summer, but many communities were lucky and had minimal damage. One of those is Falls Creek, and Paul van der Ploeg was quick to get back up the hill and rip on the trails. Falls Creek is open until April 12, will you make the trip? Rider: Tanya Bailey Tanya Bailey living that slab life over in Western Australia. If you haven’t ridden in the west, it is well worth the visit. There’s a whole lot more variety over there than you might think! Go grab our last issue for more details. The Silk Road Mountain Race called on riders to dig deep into their toolkit of courage. With a 1700km course that was as demanding as it was rewarding, we’re sure each…

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get out and ride!

It’s all too easy to get mired down with choices for new tyres, wheel sizes, suspension settings, rim widths and colour-matched clothing and helmets, when sometimes the most important decision is staring us in the face. When will you next go for a ride? Just getting out and riding your bike can often be the best answer to any question you have about your bike, bike parts, where your next mountain bike trip will take you, or just any sort of question beyond the scope of mountain biking. Indeed, getting out and riding your bike can provide the perfect clarity for making a decision about life, work or what’s happening at home. It’s simple, ride your bike, smile at people, share the trails and go back home a better version of you. Many…

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jack moir joins the canyon collective

Jack Moir has had plenty of successes in downhill racing, with a 2nd place in the 2017 Fort William World Cup, 4th place in the 2017 Cairns World Championships, Crankworx Downhill series winner in 2016, along with no less than 3 top-10 finishes in as many starts in Enduro World Series (EWS) races when he’s dipped his toe in those waters. Now in a huge switch, he’s signed with the Canyon Collective for 2020 to race full-time in the Enduro World Series. AMB: Was the decision to leave Intense Factory Racing (IFR) bittersweet, looking back on the highlights you’ve had? JM: That part definitely sucked. A lot has changed since my first few years at Intense though. I had a good run with those guys, but it was time for something different. AMB:…

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port to port’s 2020 route revealed

In February Port to Port unveiled updates to the 4-day mountain bike race route, and the best news is there is more singletrack! Stage 1 starts and finishes at Spicers Retreat, but there is also more singletrack deeper into the stage, and 1500m of climbing in the 51km route to help sort the field out for the coming days. Stage 2 tackles 50km with 700m of climbing and hasn’t seen much change, there’s still a climb at the start before a long descent at Killingworth and into the Holmsville trails. But those exact trails have had some updates so be alert! Stage 3 moves to Martinsville before attacking Awaba. 15Km of singletrack awaits before heading up and over Mt Faulk and into a new 8km descent, making for a 55km day…

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the ews goes back to derby in 2021

The 2021 Enduro World Series calendar has been released, and right after the EWS circus visits Nelson, it will drop into Tasmania in April 2021. The series will also have two rounds in the USA and of course hit the high and steep trails of the European Alps. The 2019 edition of Shimano Enduro Tasmania saw in excess of 5000 spectators cheering the riders on. In 2021 the schedule will be expanded into a more inclusive multi-day festival with a dedicated EWS Kids event, eMTB events with the Derb-E and an expanded line up of entertainment. All we can say is book your time off work, travel and accommodation right now!…

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hucker and mullens triumphant at the otway odyssey

Nearly 1500 riders lined up for the Otway Odyssey in Forrest in February, and the 100km Otway Odyssey had a new course record set by professional road cyclist Robbie Hucker of Team UKYO, in what many claim was one of the strongest fields at a mountain bike race in years. Hucker has recently returned to mountain biking and broke the course record by almost three minutes in a time of 4:15:39, ahead of Cameron Ivory in second place (4:18:14) and Reece Tucknott third (4:20:05). “It was a good course; tough, hard work, but I just tried to keep my momentum and stay calm so I’m pretty happy with that,” said Hucker. “I knew my fitness was there off the road bike, but my skills are a little bit less desirable, but when…