This week is a big week in Australian Mountain biking with the crowning of Australia’s National DH and XC champions to occur at Maydena Bike Park, Tasmania. There’s little doubt that it is one of the best weekends in Australian Mountain biking and Maydena is one of the best locations in the nation to crown the champion. We took a look at the details…..
By Mike Branch | Photography by Eduardo Knoch
It’s a privilege to wear the national flag on your sleeve, to hold the title of National Champion. It’s something some racers strive to achieve their whole career and fall short – it takes skill, talent, guts and a little bit of luck. This year we head back to Maydena Bike Park, Tasmania for the XCO, XCC, XCR, DHI and Pumptrack National Championships from the 14th to 20th of February, 2022.
Maydena’s world class trail network features two specially designed race courses for the Downhill and XC championships.
2022 XCO Course
2022 DHI Course
The Maydena downhill course is designed and constructed by Dirt Art specifically for the 2021 AusCycling Downhill National Championships. The purpose-built course is a culmination of what Maydena has become renowned for in terms of challenging riders with its highly variable terrain.
Starting from the midline, the course begins with a fast flow section, which quickly transitions into a series of steep and technical sections with multiple line choices for racers. The lower half of the track switches gears with faster sections interlinked with a series of larger bike park style features.
It looks set to be a World class event and an event that the Australian racing community has been waiting for. There’s no better place to race Nationals than Maydena Bike Park and this week will see the cream of the crop rise to the top and hold the National Champs jersey high and proud.
We will bring you all the action as the week progresses, until then keep the Brakes Wide Open….