Australian Mountain Bike

Australian Mountain Bike issue 180

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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The 2019 Cannonball Mountain Bike Festival was bigger than ever, and there’s nothing like the party atmosphere of a pump track challenge to get things started. The Village Green was heaving as riders flocked to Thredbo, with a DJ ensuring the party went well into the night. The Whip Off competition at the Thredbo Cannonball Mountain Bike Festival is always a crowd pleaser. Riders are cheered on by the crowds and by each other, throwing down one big whip after another. Some feel that the Whip Offs and Pump Track Challenge are showboating, but there is no arguing with the Cannonball Downhill. This year it was Troy Brosnan and Sian A’Hern who took the crowns on the iconic downhill run at Thredbo.…

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our new australian landscape

This summer has been one for Australia to remember for all the wrong reasons. Putting this issue together has been full of mixed emotions. Most of our big stories were compiled in the back part of 2019, when it was crazily dry on Australian trails but the bushfire threat was mostly just that - a threat. Of course, as November and then December and January rolled around, a season of severe bushfires grew into a catastrophe. As I am writing this, that has not finished. Most of our alpine regions are just opening again, and many will bear scars for a long time into the future. While it’s uncertain on whether trails have been lost in those areas, we know they will have been destroyed in other communities in other states.…

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fearon and a’hern rule cannonball

The huge Cannonball MTB Festival returned once again in December, with Thredbo MTB playing host to the 8th iteration of the event. A huge 5-day festival made up of 5 events brought the best in the country including the likes of Connor Fearon, Sian A’Hern and Troy Brosnan. By now, most would know of the party that takes place in Thredbo over the first weekend of December, and with a little over 1000 competitors hitting the alpine trails with their mountain bikes, Thredbo Resort proved that it’s the must-do mountain biking event to attend, closing out the year in spectacular style. With racing kicking off on the Thursday with the Osprey All-Mountain Assault, everyone kicked into the weekend with the Maxxis Flow-Motion Cup, spread over the Friday and Saturday to accommodate the…

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5 reasons to race the pioneer in 2020

The Pioneer launches into their 5th year in 2020, after a super-successful 4th edition in December 2019 (read more about that in our next issue). The big news for 2020 is The Pioneer’s move to the North Island of New Zealand. The 6-day mountain bike stage race lands in Rotorua for November 8-13, here’s why we think you need to make sure you’re on the start line. A NEW LOCATION Do you feel like you ticked the box for The Pioneer already? Well it’s all-new in 2020 with a move to the North Island. Being based around Rotorua means that riders will have a mix of riding in the redwoods as well as a greater variety of terrain and flora compared to the Southern Alps. New Zealand hospitality won’t change though –…

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wa gravity enduro series 2020

The WA Gravity Enduro team have got their 2020 calendar all set, with a whopping 9 race days and a teams event. The mix of events visits The Pines, Dunsborough, Linga Longa Bike Park, Evedon Park, Chittering, the Goat Farm and more. Two of the races will be EWS Qualifiers, and the State Championships will be in Pemberton in September. We’ve always heard that Western Australia lead the way in Gravity Enduro racing, and their 2020 calendar leaves no doubt. Find all the details on their website. wagravityenduro.org…

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bright gets set for national titles

The magic of Mystic Mountain Bike Park will be deciding who wears the green and gold jerseys for 2020 as the National Championships head back to Bright, Victoria from 12-15 March. There will be bar-to-bar racing to decide the Cross-Country Olympic (XCO), Cross-Country Short Course (XCC) and Cross-Country Team Relay national titles. Plus there is the Pump Track title, Trials – and of course Downhill where riders let it all hang out to clock the fastest time down the mountain. Whether you plan to put yourself between the tape or stay track side, Bright is a great place to visit during the National Championships. The town in the Alpine Shire lives and breathes cycling, and mountain biking is part of the beating heart of the community. So why not book your…