2012 AUSTRALIAN MOUNTAIN BIKE MARATHON CHAMPIONSHIPS
If you are worried it’s going to be too cold for the beach and the snow won’t be good enough, head to Canberra for the Queen’s Birthday Weekend and relish your chance to compete in the 2012 Australian MTB Marathon Championships.
The Marathon Champs will be hosted by Canberra Off Road Cyclists (CORC) on Sunday June 10th at Stromlo Forest Park in the ACT.
Stromlo Forest Park was established after the devastating 2003 Canberra Bushfires, gone is the iconic pine forest which hosted the very first 24 Hour Mountain Bike Races in Australia, replaced by a purpose built Mountain Bike Park.
The Marathon Course at Stromlo will challenge riders of all abilities, however with some of the best single track the venue has to offer included it will be sure to put a smile on every riders face. The proposed course for Marathon National Championships features some of the Parks most iconic trails, and comprises a challenging yet enjoyable 42km lap which will be completed twice. The course will travel to the Northwest of the park and around the more western and less ridden part of the park predominately on fire road which should have riders on the rivet from the start gun, before returning to the eastern face of Mt Stromlo, up the punishing Heartbreaker, before a fast and furious decent down the Luge.
The course has 65% fire track and double track and 35% single track which will make for some exciting racing. The course will offer approximately 2500m of climbing over the 84km. The course has been designed to converge on itself in several locations to rationalise feed zones. There will be a feed zone at the top of Mt Stromlo, and riders will pass by twice per lap, and a feed zone near the start finish.