New England Mountain Bikers continue to put their name on the national stage, this time it was an honour off the trails.
The local club were presented with Mountain Bike Australia’s National Event Organiser of the Year at the Annual Achievement Awards last month for their efforts in hosting rounds three and four of the cross country series held in January at SportUNE.
“Holding the rounds was really special and to be formally recognised by Mountain Biking Australia, just capped off all the positive feedback we received from everyone,” club president Peter Hosking said.
“This couldn’t have occurred without the continued support from UNE, Armidale Regional Council and our local member of parliament, the Honourable Adam Marshall.”
The university trails have also been announced as the venue for the State Championships on November 28.
Prior to that, the rescheduled UNE 12 Hours in the Piney Armidale will be held on April 29.
It is a multi-lap race held on a 13km track in the Armidale State Forest.
Originally slated for April 2, the race was rescheduled due to flooding.
NEMTB said the postponement was needed to give rivers time to drop and trails time to dry.
NEMTB also said with the the end of daylight saving “taking an hour of light, we are making it an 11-hour race in response to our forced 11th hour reschedule.
“The race will start at the original time of 10am, but finishing earlier at 9pm.”
The race briefing is at 9.30am.