Thrills and hills for urban daredevils

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on September 14, 2017

MOUNTAIN bike thrill seekers from across the state will defy gravity and test the limits of their bikes next weekend at the exciting Southern MTB Albany extravaganza.

The September 22-24 event will include a cross country race, a jump competition, a child-friendly urban ride and the epic urban downhill.

President of the Albany Mountain Bike Club Phil Stan-Bishop said there were already more than 100 people registered for the cross-country race.

“We have plenty of Albany locals registered, as well as people from as far as Perth and Kalgoorlie showing interest in the event,” he said.

“There’s even a team from the HMAS Anzac coming to take part.”

This year’s cross-country event offers two options to participants – 37km or 50km.

“It’s great because it opens up the competition to a larger spectrum of people, so we can encompass more participants into the race,” Mr Stan- Bishop said.

This year’s tracks, despite being under tight wraps, sound like a thrill seeker’s paradise.

“There will be a gravity focus and more runs, but that’s all I can really say,” Mr Stan-Bishop said.

“One of the focuses of the tracks this year is also being walkable, so spectators can easily watch the action.”

Participants will attempt challenging climbs and steep descents, as well as a few new surprises along the way.

“The competition in the Albany Town Square will feature a tiered jump, so that will be something a bit different,” Mr Stan-Bishop said.

However, the efficient running of the Southern MTB will only be possible with volunteers, which Mr Stan-Bishop said there was a lack of.

“We really need more local volunteers to help with marshalling and setting up the areas, otherwise the event won’t run smoothly,” he said.

“There is a 30 per cent discount offered to volunteers for their registration into one of the events.

“We really encourage people to get online and register as a volunteer.”

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