Australian Mountain Bike issue 182

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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Riders: Sian A’Hern and Troy Brosnan The National Championships in Bright were just ahead of the first Downhill World Cup, which was postponed due to the coronavirus. Troy Brosnan made it home in time to contest the men’s national title and won, and Sian A’Hern was the fastest rider to win her first Elite Downhill national title. Riders: Bec McConnell and Dan McConnell Just because you have won a lot of XCO national titles doesn’t make it a given. Bec and Dan McConnell had a great preparation for the Olympic year, and winning the elite XCO titles would let them take the jersey overseas again. But we all have to wait for that last bit. Riders: Luke Meier-Smith, Josh Carlson The amount of racing at the National Championships has really increased. With the Team Relay,…

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keep it social

As our last issue went on sale in March, it became clear that we would all be living through an event that would change the world. A global pandemic had been announced and that has made a huge impact on everyone. Two months on and social distancing is common practice, photos of groups of riders look weird, and everyone is a little unsure about when they might get to travel to ride their bike again, or test themselves in a mountain bike event. We put this issue together as all this happened in the real world. Reading through the tips on how to prepare for an enduro stage race like Trans NZ, or the recap from YakRu in the Himalayas made it easy to be swept away to a different time…

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postponements, cancellations and hope

Since March, we’ve seen everything from the biggest to the smallest mountain bike races postponed or cancelled. As this is written, there is word that restrictions might be lifting. The first half of this year has seen the Cape Epic being cancelled, plus the opening rounds of the Downhill and Cross-Country World Cup, and the Enduro World Series. The Olympics have been postponed until 2021, and the World Championships have also been postponed. New Australian events like the Dragon Trail MTB Stage Race in Tasmania was postponed, and countless others, including industry behemoths like Sea Otter. With travel restricted and restrictions on numbers of people gathering – what can you still do? GO AND RIDE YOUR BIKE We are still able to ride outside, unlike in some countries. So enjoy your local trails,…

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dwellingup 100 to host xcm national titles

The Dwellingup 100 is one of Australia’s most popular marathon races, and on September 12, 2020 it will host the 2020 Cross-Country Marathon (XCM) National Championships. This will be the first time that a national mountain bike title will be held in Western Australia. Given the popularity of the Dwellingup 100, Cape to Cape and the Western Australia Gravity Enduro series we suspect the titles will be strongly supported locally. The Dwellingup 100 route avoids repeated loops, which is different to any previous XCM national title race for the last 10 years. With 10 years of experience and a popular course, we expect plenty of mountain bike racers to make the trip to Dwellingup to contest the titles or test themselves on the singletrack this September.…

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bike companies adjust

With manufacturing and demand around the world changing, a number of cycling companies stepped up to the plate in March, adjsusting their output to make equipment to help those on the front line of the COVID-19 epidemic. Hope, in the UK, chose to help the National Health Service (NHS) despite having their factories closed for bike components. “We have been running our 3D printer 24/7 on producing visors for our local NHS Health Trust with deliveries to them every few days. Last week we also shipped our first batch of CNC parts to one of the ventilator projects we are currently working with. This is an ongoing project with more parts shipping each week,” a representative from Hope told us. In Europe, Italian clothing manufacturer Santini also joined in, who have now changed…

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port to port’s new september date

The Epic MTB Series were quick to adapt with their date change for Port to Port, moving the race from May to September 10-13. While the dates have changed, the 4-days of good times on great trails haven’t. The Port to Port team worked to update some of the routes for 2020, and we might be speaking out of place, but September is a cracker of a time to ride in the area, possibly better than May! Head to the event page to enter and get more details on the trails in store for September.…