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2009 Mtb World Champs To Be Held In Australia

Postby psychavoc on Mon 29/Jan/07 8:36pm

Mountain Bike World Championships head 'down under' in 2009
Cycling Australia Media Release

The Management Committee of the UCI (International Cycling Union) at a meeting overnight in Belgium confirmed Canberra as the host city of the 2009 Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships. The Championships will be staged from September 1 to 6, 2009 and are expected to attract more than 30,000 visitors from up to 40 countries.

UCI Vice President, Ray Godkin OAM, said the UCI was impressed by Australia's passion for mountain biking and the quality of the proposed venue, Canberra's new $7.5 million world-class Stromlo Forest Park - where the Australian Mountain Bike Championships are currently being contested.

Australia has a proven track record of hosting world class events and we are confident Canberra will deliver an outstanding World Championships, Mr Godkin said.

The event will involve more than 750 of the world's top riders who will compete in the four mountain bike disciplines of Cross Country, Downhill, Four Cross and Observed Trials for the honour of being crowned World Champion.

Cycling Australia President Mike Victor said being awarded the right to host the Mountain Bike World Championships is a major coup and will not only highlight the talent of our elite mountain bikers but the excellence or our sporting organisers.

The World Championships will put mountain biking well and truly in the spotlight both nationally and internationally and showcase Australia's emerging dominance in a cycling discipline that continues to go from strength to strength, Mr Victor said.

Canberra Off Road Cyclists (CORC) and Apis Events have joined forces to host and manage the 2009 World Championships. MTB World Events, the CORC-Apis joint venture company will oversee the planning, organisation and running of the 2009 UCI World Championships.

CORC president Anthony Burton said it was a historic achievement for the ACT to host the World Championships and a major vote of confidence for the local mountain biking community.

It's a perfect chance to highlight Stromlo Forest Park and Canberra as the number one mountain biking venue in Australia and a must-see facility for riders around the world, Mr Burton said. We are perfectly positioned to deliver a highly successful World Championships."

Stromlo Forest Park is Australia's most advanced, purpose-built mountain bike park with cutting edge courses designed by renowned international course expert Glen Jacobs.
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Postby psychavoc on Mon 29/Jan/07 8:39pm

Given I missed the Worlds last year in Rotorua, I am SO there! :thumbsup: (to spectate of course :blush: )
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Postby Robbie on Mon 29/Jan/07 8:42pm

Might be worth a bit of a trip over the pond..
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Postby jo on Mon 29/Jan/07 8:48pm

I wonder if I can book leave this far in advance?
:) :) :)
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Postby XCrider on Mon 29/Jan/07 8:56pm

hmmm sounds like a trip to Aussie might be coming up :0
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Postby Oli on Mon 29/Jan/07 9:13pm

It means we can bid to piggy-back the World Cup Finals two weeks later! They'll all be down here anyway, so why not? :thumbsup:
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Postby Dinsy on Mon 29/Jan/07 9:16pm

2009 and theyre still having a trials event.....
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Postby Oli on Mon 29/Jan/07 9:23pm

They're thinking about having a troll's event... ;)
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RE: 2009 Mtb World Champs To Be Held In Australia

Postby NightKid on Mon 29/Jan/07 9:24pm

psychavoc wrote:...Australia has a proven track record of hosting world class events and we are confident Canberra will deliver an outstanding World Championships, Mr Godkin said.


Well done Aussie!
:( I can't say the same for BikeNZ really....

YFY vorb-trip across the ditch! :thumbsup:
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Postby jumpmtb on Mon 29/Jan/07 9:28pm

oh man that suk si uesd to live right by the tarcks when i was young and i didnt no how to ride a biek man that suxk looks like i would of had fun if i lived there still(and no im not an aussie my dad was in the army and he got a posting over there yeya everthing paid by the quenn lol)
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Postby Natral on Mon 29/Jan/07 9:29pm

:blink:
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Postby Oli on Mon 29/Jan/07 9:30pm

Come on, BikeNZ did a great job at Worlds. No event of that magnitude will escape the odd glitch or funding issue, but it was a fantastic event nonetheless.
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Postby NightKid on Mon 29/Jan/07 9:33pm

Oli wrote: Come on, BikeNZ did a great job at Worlds. No event of that magnitude will escape the odd glitch or funding issue, but it was a fantastic event nonetheless.


True...shit, I wouldn't know - I couldn't get there... :(

:blush: hur..woops...
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Postby Mr_Bob on Mon 29/Jan/07 9:36pm

Bring it on!! :D
Anyone got connections for bulk booking cheap airline tickets? ;)
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Postby Oli on Mon 29/Jan/07 9:36pm

It's a shame you couldn't make it, NightKid - you would have loved it. :)
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