Australian Mountain Bike

Australian Mountain Bike Issue 178

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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After silver in 2018, many thought it might just be a matter of waiting for a year to see Kye A’Hern take Gold at the Junior Downhill World Championship. But nothing is ever certain and a World Championship win can never be banked on. Kye took home Gold as team mate Troy Brosnan won Silver in the Elite men – a truly awesome day for Australian mountain biking. The life of a professional bike racer can seem glamorous, but the reality is often further away from what you might see on social media. After Bec McConnell had a year she would like to forget in 2018, she had a year to remember in 2019, with a World Cup podium, World Championships medal and a top 5 overall in the World Cup.…

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content creation and influencers

I read once that since the advent of smartphones, the amount of photographs ever taken had grown exponentially. That’s to say nothing on their quality - just the amount of them. Like any mountain biker I love to ride trails and always want to share the buzz I get with others. And last issue I did say that it can be a battle to not stop, not take my phone out and take a photo for social media or just to have. There’s a lot to be said for riding without stopping. No photo stops. No email checks. No calls. Just ride. Along with an ever-increasing amount of digital noise that can disrupt our rides and lives, there are a huge influx of people shooting and capturing mountain biking. From keen…

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australians on top of the world

The 2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships landed in Mont Sainte-Anne at the end of August. A location that is part of the fabric and folklore of mountain bike racing, the challenging trails would yet again provide the perfect stage to contest the World Championships for cross-country and downhill. After a season of racing where Australian riders saw themselves at or near the top of elite men’s and women’s downhill and cross-country, there was a fair bit of anticipation heading into the World Championships. With cross-country racing dominating the opening days of the World Championships, Australia made their mark early with the Team Relay. Finishing 9th on the Wednesday afternoon as the Swiss team won their first Gold was a solid showing for Australia, especially beating some power house national teams like…

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ferrand-prevot and paez leon win xcm championships

A few weeks after the racing in Canada, many cross-country racers joined the marathon specialists in Graechen, Switzerland for the Cross-Country Marathon (XCM) World Championships. A demanding course in one of the high valleys in the Valais would decide who would wear the stripey jersey for marathon racers. Five Australians took to the start as Imogen Smith lined up for women, and Sebastian Jayne, Tyla Windham, Ben May and Justin Morris contested the men’s race. The fields were huge, with about 80 women racing and over 180 men. Newly crowned XCO World Champion Pauline Ferand-Prevot shot off from the front of the women’s race and was untouchable, while the men’s race still had a lead group of 13 halfway through, after Matthias Flueckiger had an early lead. Despite both Flueckiger brothers leading…

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green and gold for the rainbows

We were greeted to an almost jaw-dropping phenomenon: there were green and gold stripes on the screen and they were out the front. Our very own Bec McConnell gritted her teeth through Pauline Ferrand-Prevot’s amazing attack, and held on for dear life when Neff got some wind in her sails again in the closing laps of the race, but held on for third: a best-ever result for Australia at an Elite Cross-Country World Champs. Coming back from a less-than-memorable 2018, it’s obvious that something has changed for Bec. With a career-best second at Nove Mesto World Cup, Bec was snapping at the heels for multiple top-5 finishes this year, with a consistency we haven’t seen previously from the Primaflor-Mondraker Racing team rider. AUSTRALIAN RACER VISITS THE BIG WORLD CUP Bec denies dreaming of…

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viotto and tucknott win the amb100!

On a sunny day in late September, the AMB100 settled into its new date. The one-day event was part of a great weekend down in Canberra, as the event also worked as the final stage of the Terra in the Berra mountain bike stage race. Even better, the Hills and Hops festival on the Saturday was a great addition for riders arriving early for registration and a pre-event ride on the dry trails of Mt Stromlo. Reece Tucknott stamped his authority on the men’s 3 lap race while Em Viotto did the same in the women’s event. Given the nature of the race, a whole range of riders found an event to suit them. From a one lap or two lap option (that’s the sweet spot we reckon) through to the…