Armidale and the University of New England have been announced as one of the locations for a National Series Round of the Cross Country Olympic (XCO) racing in 2017.
The sport of Mountain Biking has gone from strength to strength in the New England Region with the area producing some of the best riders in the country and also boasting some of the best riding tracks.
Which is why Mountain Biking Australia (MTBA) have announced Armidale as one of the locations for the double header Rounds 3 and 4 of the XCO National Series to be held on the weekend of 28-29 January 2017 at the SportUNE trails.
The New England Mountain Bike Club (NEMTB) will host the event.
Bringing this event to Armidale was the result of collaboration between NEMTB, UNE and the Armidale Regional Council.
Peter Hosking, president of NEMTB described the announcement as a real notch in Armidale’s belt and said that SportUNE’s unique facilities will make for a very high quality event as it provides for purpose built mountain bike tracks.
“The club has always seen the potential of the SportUNE Mountain Bike Trails to host a National event due to the superb sporting complex facilities that are literally located within 100m of the trails,” Peter said.
“It will be very exciting to co-host an annual round of the 2017 to 2019 seasons with UNE”
Vice-Chancellor of UNE, Professor Annabelle Duncan, was also excited about the event.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for UNE to host the National Series and we are delighted to be working with the New England Mountain Bike Club to bring this high profile event to Armidale,” Prof. Duncan said.
More than 370 riders from across the country will compete in events in four different regional locations in the 2017 National Series.