A full webpage/site for the National XCM series is coming in very early 2015 - read our launch announcement below for lots of great information for now - (updated Feb 2015 with addition of Willo Enduro).
Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) is excited to announce the 2015 National Cross Country Marathon (XCM) series.
The truly National series spans four states and both territories, offering riders almost 600 kilometres of Australia’s best mountain bike trails.
Racing in the XCM format extends the traditional Olympic Cross Country discipline, with winning racers battling head-to-head for an incredible three to five hours.
Beginning in the Southern Highlands with the Willo Enduro and then Alice Springs with the Easter in the Alice event, the series then heads to the landmark pair of the Wombat 100 in Victoria and the Convict 100 in New South Wales.
With a break over the winter months, racing resumes at the picturesque Dwellingup 100 in Western Australia, moving to the nation’s capital for the iconic Kowalski Classic before wrapping up at the Bayview Blast event in Queensland.
Riders in the Elite Category will compete for a prize pool of over $15,000, with the male and female winners receiving $5000 each.
In 2015 the series is being organised and overseen by the MTBA Events Team after challenges were experienced with a different model in 2014.
Individual races will be delivered by a mix of highly respected promoters and clubs who all have significant experience in their regions.
MTBA President Russ Baker spoke on benefits of the 2015 series to riders.
“Marathon events allow all mountain bikers to ride and race on the same trails, at the same time as some of our best riders".
"I am extremely happy that MTBA are delivering a truly national XCM series that is accessible to riders and spectators all across Australia”.
Mr Shane Coppin, MTBA CEO, said the national body has assembled what will be Australia’s largest and most expansive cycling series.
“MTBA has delivered our members and all Australian mountain bikers a package of events that is of a truly global standard” said Mr Coppin.
“Significant effort was invested to ensure that our riders could experience some of the best trails all across our great country and I’m looking forward to racing starting in Alice Springs on Easter Saturday”.
Riders should head to www.mtba.asn.au for more information, or follow links to the individual events below. A dedicated website for the series will be launched at the start of 2015.
The 2015 National Cross Country Marathon (XCM) Series presented by Mountain Bike Australia
1. Willo Enduro - 22 March 2015 - Southern Highlands NSW
2. Easter in Alice - Bunny Buster Stage - 4 April 2015 - Alice Springs, NT
3. Wombat 100 - 12 April 2015 - Woodend, VIC
4. Convict 100 - 2 May 2015 - St Albans, NSW
5. Dwellingup 100 - 5 Sept 2015 - Dwellingup, WA
6. Kowalski Classic - 20 Sept 2015 - East Kowen Forest and Sparrow Hill, ACT
7. Bayview Blast - 24 Oct 2015 - South Brisbane, QLD